The World’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters
Time Magazine has listed what they consider to be the top 10 worst environmental disasters in the world prior to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When the BP saga is finally put to bed it will be interesting to see where it ranks in the top 10.
It is interesting that disasters involving the oil industry will feature three times when the Deepwater Horizon spill is included. Nuclear power stations also feature three times.
Over the next 10 issues of ProjectPro eNews we will be describing each disaster in turn.
4. Love Canal
5. The Exxon Valdez
6. Tokaimura Nuclear Plant
7. The Aral Sea
8. Seveso Dioxin Cloud
9. Minamata Disease
10. Three Mile Island
This was the worst nuclear power-plant disaster in history. On 26 April 1986, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine exploded, resulting in a nuclear meltdown that sent massive amounts of radiation into the atmosphere, reportedly more than the fallout from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That radiation drifted westward, across what was then Soviet Russia, toward Europe.
Since then, thousands of children have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and an almost 30-km area around the plant remains off-limits. Reactor No. 4 has been sealed off in a large, concrete sarcophagus that is slowly deteriorating. While the rest of the plant ceased operations in 2000, almost 4,000 workers still report there for various assignments.
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