The worst environmental man-made disasters

The Environmental Protection Agency, USA, lists 1,060 hazardous waste sites. They recently added 10 more toxic waste sites to the 527 contaminated properties that are life-threatening.

However, toxic pollution is a global problem and is not limited to any one country. Here are just some of the worst man-made disasters.

Picher is the most toxic place in Oklahoma, USA with less than 25 residents left. It was once the world’s richest lead and zinc mining field, with a population of 20,000. Acidic water, sinking streets and mountains of lead-filled waste fill the area.

Fishing boats rusted in the vast Aral Desert barren land in the Aral Sea, emptied by Soviet irrigation.

Guiyu, China, is the world’s second most polluted place on earth. It is the largest village in E-West, where electronic trash is pulled by hand to retrieve valuable parts and wires. Circuit boards are burned, cooked, and soaked in acid to extract scrap metal.

Twice the size of Texas, the Pacific Rubbish Vortex contains 3.5 million tons of garbage, 90% of which is plastic debris, which travels between California and Hawaii.

After a gas drill in Java, Indonesia, which created a ‘mid-volcano’ that killed 13 people, hot sulfur dust is constantly coming out of the ground. The steaming midpool covers an area of ​​25 square kilometers and is growing at an estimated 50,000 cubic meters per day. Scientists say the soil will continue to erupt for another 30 years.

Lake Berkeley Pitt, a copper mine, is filled with more than 40 billion gallons of acidic water and heavy metals. This is a threat to migratory birds.

Since its eruption in 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear station has polluted millions of square miles and released radioactive material into the air. The whole area is a radioactive frozen frame of the old Soviet Union.

In 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India released 32 tons of the deadly methyl oceanite. Thousands died and thousands more became deformed, blind and disabled. More than 2,000 bodies were buried in one day. The soil and water near the factory are still toxic from the leaking plant. No cleaning.

In the late 1970’s, the U.S. government dug up 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive soil and deposited it on Runit Island, a 350-foot-wide pit left after the nuclear tests, in an effort to clear the Marshall Islands after nuclear tests. A huge, one and a half feet thick, 100,000 square feet dome was made of 358 large concrete panels. This area is still radioactive.

In 1971, a Soviet drilling rig accidentally surrounded the ground and the entire drilling rig fell into it, when it plunged into a large underground natural gas cave in 1971. The 328-foot-wide hole in Turkmenistan’s desert has been on fire for 38 years since the Russians set it on fire to avoid possible catastrophe.

Australia’s Vietnam, Pulbara was formally closed in 1966 due to health concerns. It was once the largest town in the asbestos mining area, but is now a toxic ghost town.

An underground coal fire in Central, Pennsylvania erupted sometime in 1962. In 1981, a 12-year-old boy fell into a 150-foot hole and suddenly appeared in his backyard. The town was condemned in 1992.

Decades of strip mining for phosphorus, Noro has only 150 meters wide strip of fertile land along one of its shores. Mining has destroyed more than 80% of Noro’s land, making it a 49-foot-high limestone barren land.

After all, we have the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is still measurable.

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