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Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster:On April 26th, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant's 4th reactor experienced an unexpected power surge which led to a larger surge.The incident resulted in evacuation and 31 deaths, but close to 4,000 of the deaths among those exposed to the highest levels of radiation can be attributed to effects from this event.
Hurricane Katrina:In 2005, a category 5 storm destroyed the Gulf Coast. It ended up killing an estimated 1,833 people, causing $81 billion in property damage; displacing many and affecting a staggering 15 million people.
Shrinking Aral Sea:The Aral Sea was a lake near Kazakhstan was once one of the largest lakes in the world, but because of mistakes made in Soviet irrigation projects, the rivers that fed it were cut off.
The Mauna Loa Volcano :This volcano, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Loa, erupted 33 times in one year.
Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches:Two separate garbage patches known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches float in the central North Pacific Ocean.
Haiti Earthquake:The Haiti earthquake in 2010 killed 250,000 people and displaced 1.3M.
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill :On March 24, 1989, an oil tanker called Exxon Valdez ran into a reef in the Prince William Sound and caused an estimated 750,000 barrels of crude oil to spill into the ocean.
Derweze Disaster:In 1971, Soviet geologists drilled for oil but accidentally tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas causing the ground beneath the drilling rig to collapse and leaving a large hole with a diameter of 230 feet.
Black London Smog:In 1952, London was overcome by a cloud of black smog. It lasted for five days and it has since been attributed to more than 12,000 premature deaths.
2004 Tsunami:This Tsunami hit Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. It claimed approximately 280,000 lives.