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2013-05-16 08:16:53 AM
Those are all pretty bad, and unfortunately preventable.

People just need to think about this.
 
2013-05-16 08:17:43 AM
Wasn't that Fukushima fallout map a fake?
 
2013-05-16 08:17:53 AM
Yeah, Bhopal is in there.
 
2013-05-16 08:18:07 AM
Total fail. They left out both the space elevator collapse of 2519 and the accidental stellar ignition in 5225. Idiots.
 
2013-05-16 08:18:53 AM
#11:
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2013-05-16 08:19:40 AM

Ecobuckeye: Wasn't that Fukushima fallout map a fake?


Yeah. So why have it in TFA?
 
2013-05-16 08:19:43 AM
What about the great molasses flood?
 
2013-05-16 08:20:20 AM

dstanley: Ecobuckeye: Wasn't that Fukushima fallout map a fake?

Yeah. So why have it in TFA?


Because they are dipshiats?
 
2013-05-16 08:20:34 AM
The Idaho SL-1 reactor accident is a tiny one, but it sounds like the preamble to a horror movie.

The three men were killed as they moved fuel rods in a "routine" preparation for the reactor start-up. One technician was blown to the ceiling of the containment dome and impaled on a control rod. His body remained there until it was taken down six days later. The men were so heavily exposed to radiation that their hands had to be buried separately with other radioactive waste, and their bodies were interred in lead coffins."
 
2013-05-16 08:20:45 AM
A tower silo storing 4,500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and ammonium sulfate exploded at a BASF plant.


We don't make the products you explode. We make the products you explode explodier.
 
2013-05-16 08:20:48 AM
FTFA: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Fukushima, Japan, March 11, 2011

I do believe this was a direct result of a natural disaster, retard reporter.
 
2013-05-16 08:23:02 AM
Meh, my first marriage was worse than any of those events....
 
2013-05-16 08:23:26 AM

Dick Gozinya: What about the great molasses flood?


Came here for this. Thank you.
 
2013-05-16 08:23:30 AM
Never heard of minamata disease.  That video is farking chilling though.

Hey everyone, add your local ones to the thread.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Donora_smog
 
2013-05-16 08:23:57 AM
Am I missing something or is it literally just a list with almost no details about what happened or the significance of these disasters. Like the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire where management had locked all the doors to the building, greatly contributing to the death toll and the disaster led to improved safety standards and unionization of the industry.

/even Cracked articles aren't this lazy, wtf
 
2013-05-16 08:24:03 AM
Better to have constant industrial accidents than to have a single jerb-killing regulation, because socialism and such as.
 
2013-05-16 08:25:03 AM
List fails without this. The Texas City disaster killed over 500 people, and injured another 5000.
 
2013-05-16 08:25:27 AM
I had never even heard of (or don't remember?) the 1989 Philips plant disaster in Texas somehow...holee shiat.
 
2013-05-16 08:26:52 AM
Worst one I know of is the guy I knew who worked in a machine shop and got his baggy coveralls caught in the spinning shaft of a lathe. Like the cartoons, it ripped the coveralls right off, along with every bit of loose, flappy skin.  Ruined his weekend.
 
2013-05-16 08:28:45 AM

nekom: Never heard of minamata disease.  That video is farking chilling though.


I felt pretty bad for the cats.
 
2013-05-16 08:28:49 AM
No Texas City explosion?

Fail!
 
2013-05-16 08:29:07 AM

Voiceofreason01: Am I missing something or is it literally just a list with almost no details about what happened or the significance of these disasters. Like the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire where management had locked all the doors to the building, greatly contributing to the death toll and the disaster led to improved safety standards and unionization of the industry.

/even Cracked articles aren't this lazy, wtf


Indeed. They included Bhopal but didn't use the words "Union Carbide."
 
2013-05-16 08:29:35 AM

Cold_Sassy: FTFA: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Fukushima, Japan, March 11, 2011

I do believe this was a direct result of a natural disaster, retard reporter.


And Bhopal was sabotage, not an accident.
 
2013-05-16 08:30:24 AM

Cold_Sassy: FTFA: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Fukushima, Japan, March 11, 2011

I do believe this was a direct result of a natural disaster, retard reporter.


But it's obviously the worst one of all time ever because ATOMS and also that fallout cloud is clearly pointed at the USA and not some foreign country full of poors and clicky-quacky talkers.
 
2013-05-16 08:31:04 AM

Ecobuckeye: Wasn't that Fukushima fallout map a fake?


Yes, yes it was.  That being at the top makes me not really believe anything in this article.
 
2013-05-16 08:31:11 AM
Minamata disease, Minamata Bay, Japan, 1932-1968

This vid is really farked up, if you choose to watch it.
 
2013-05-16 08:34:06 AM
Subby,

Mom's Industrial Strength Summer's Eve before last nites date should be pretty high up as well.

\Obligatory?
 
2013-05-16 08:34:38 AM

nekom: Never heard of minamata disease.  That video is farking chilling though.

Hey everyone, add your local ones to the thread.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Donora_smog



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millfield_Mine_disaster "the explosion killed 82 people, including the company's top executives who were in the mine inspecting new safety equipment."
 
2013-05-16 08:35:08 AM

Dick Gozinya: What about the great molasses flood?


You beat me to it.
 
2013-05-16 08:35:17 AM
No Three Mile Island?
 
2013-05-16 08:38:06 AM

baka-san: No Texas City explosion?

Fail!


My grandfather went there the day after that explosion and was part of the rebuilding of it (welder/pipefitter).  He use to tell us stories of what he saw and it was pretty horrific.
 
2013-05-16 08:41:12 AM
Does the Great Molasses Flood not make the list because it might have been sabotage? Or did they just flat out miss it?
 
2013-05-16 08:47:30 AM

Galileo's Daughter: No Three Mile Island?


That horrible disaster where a small amount of radioactive gas was released, causing no injuries? Jesus dude put a trigger warning on your posts before you mention that awful place.
 
2013-05-16 08:49:28 AM
Would love to visit Pripyat. The radiation levels are pretty low (only twice the normal background levels for the area), so low that a full tyvec suit, full face respirator and hand/feet protection will protect you from it if it is a concern (also assuming you don't go trundling through the woods through waist-high brush). Would be absolutely fascinating to see a city that was abruptly evacuated and is now being slowly reclaimed by nature.
 
2013-05-16 08:51:28 AM
List fails without Forklift Driver Klaus.
 
KIA
2013-05-16 08:52:13 AM

baka-san: No Texas City explosion?

Fail!


Came here to say this.
 
2013-05-16 08:55:05 AM
New London School Explosion was pretty bad but...not an industrial disaster. Even though a leaky pipe from the local oil industry was the cause of it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_London_School_explosion

/grew up close by
 
2013-05-16 08:57:27 AM

Flakeloaf: Galileo's Daughter: No Three Mile Island?

That horrible disaster where a small amount of radioactive gas was released, causing no injuries? Jesus dude put a trigger warning on your posts before you mention that awful place.


Sorry for offending your delicate sensibilities.  I saw it on a Wikipedia list of industrial accidents.  Also missing: Deepwater Horizon oil spill (2010), Exxon Valdez oil spill (1989), and a fireworks factory explosion.  There's one from the Netherlands on the list, but I seem to remember one in the US that caused a few deaths.
 
2013-05-16 08:59:46 AM

Galileo's Daughter: Also missing: Deepwater Horizon oil spill (2010)


Nice call on that one.
 
2013-05-16 09:02:55 AM

RoxtarRyan: Galileo's Daughter: Also missing: Deepwater Horizon oil spill (2010)

Nice call on that one.


Agreed.
 
2013-05-16 09:04:35 AM
So, no Piper Alpha, no Halifax Explosion, no Texas City Refinery explosion OR Texas City Disaster, no Boston Molasses Flood, no San Juanico, no Benxihu Colliery, no Stava Dam, no Upper Big Branch mine, no Aberfan, no Courrières,no Pike River,  no Kader Toy, not even a mention of the previous factory disaster in Dhaka with the Dhaka Tasreen fire....  I think Centralia technically counts as an Industry Disaster too.

This is SO much fail for just one list.

And I could maybe understand taking out the mining disasters as their own category,
 
2013-05-16 09:14:19 AM

puckrock2000: List fails without Forklift Driver Klaus.


And what about the Tower of Babel?
 
2013-05-16 09:23:52 AM

nekom: Never heard of minamata disease.  That video is farking chilling though.

Hey everyone, add your local ones to the thread.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Donora_smog


Methylmercury and dimethylmercury are horrendously nasty shiat. My father worked as a chemist and the only fatality story he has was about a fellow chemist who had the extreme misfortune of getting a single drop on her skin.
 
2013-05-16 09:25:01 AM
No Silvertown 1917??
It really rocked the town.
 
2013-05-16 09:26:03 AM

RoxtarRyan: Galileo's Daughter: Also missing: Deepwater Horizon oil spill (2010)

Nice call on that one.


Why? The oil "just disappeared". No harm, no foul, amirite?
 
2013-05-16 09:28:01 AM
Little known fact: After the Chernobyl disaster, several herds of reindeer in Finland were found to have high levels of radiation fallout exposure and were culled. The hides and antlers of some of these animals were later used to create the 1/1 scale animatronic reindeer in "Santa Claus, The Movie".

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2013-05-16 09:28:30 AM
Aberfan in 1966 was a rough one. Coal slag heap slid down a hill and buried a school, killing 144 - 116 of them children.

www.codex99.com
 
2013-05-16 09:33:48 AM

Rapmaster2000: The Idaho SL-1 reactor accident is a tiny one, but it sounds like the preamble to a horror movie.

The three men were killed as they moved fuel rods in a "routine" preparation for the reactor start-up. One technician was blown to the ceiling of the containment dome and impaled on a control rod. His body remained there until it was taken down six days later. The men were so heavily exposed to radiation that their hands had to be buried separately with other radioactive waste, and their bodies were interred in lead coffins."

www.gravepedia.com
 
Yep. In fact, no one can even think about disturbing the graves without express prior permission from the Atomic Regulatory Commission.
 
2013-05-16 09:34:59 AM

Cold_Sassy: Minamata disease, Minamata Bay, Japan, 1932-1968

This vid is really farked up, if you choose to watch it.


I did, and imo, if you put a pair of bongos in front of that guy he would have been KICKINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN it!
 
2013-05-16 09:35:32 AM

Flakeloaf: Galileo's Daughter: No Three Mile Island?

That horrible disaster where a small amount of radioactive gas was released, causing no injuries? Jesus dude put a trigger warning on your posts before you mention that awful place.


Yeah, that disaster with Jane Fonda. That one.
 
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