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Worst Industrial Accidents in History

The following table includes information about the worst industrial disasters in history.

YearDayIncidentLocationFatalities
201304/24Rana Plaza, a building containing several factories, collapsesSavar, Bangladeshmore than 1,100
198412/0242 tons of lethal methyl isocyanate
leak from the Union Carbide pesticide plant
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India2,259 (immediately)
An estimated 25,000 are believed to have died since from the exposure
194204/26A coal dust and gas explosion in a mineBenxihu Colliery, Benxi Liaoning, China1,549
198604/26Explosion during an unauthorized test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plantPripyat, Ukraine50 due to radiation
3,940 due to radiation induced cancer and leukemia
194704/16Fire near 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate on S.S. Grandcamp causes explosionPort of Texas City, Texas, USA581
19219/21Explosion at fertilizer silo at a BASF plantOppau, Germany500-600 dead, 2000 injured
198411/19Explosions at a Liquid Petroleum Gas tank farmSan Juanico, Mexico500 dead, thousands injured
190603/10Coal dust explosionCourrieres, France1,099
197607/10ICMESA, a chemical manufacturing plant, releases dioxins (TCDD)Seveso, Italy3,300 farm animals
80,000 animals are later slaughtered, around 200 people suffer symptoms of exposure
201508/12Explosions at a storage station in the Port of TianjinBinhai, Tianjin, China173
19447/17Munitions stores explode at the Port Chicago Naval MagazinePort Chicago, California, USA320
20187/23A hydroelectric dam collapses during construction, causing massive floodingChampasak Province, Laos40 dead, 100 missing, 6,600 displaced

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