Man-Made Disasters

The difference between natural and man-made disasters is the element of human intent or negligence that leads to human suffering and environmental damage; many mirror natural disasters, yet man has a direct hand in their occurrence.

These are the net result of inadequately managed man-made hazards and they typically cost the most in terms of human suffering, loss of life and long-term damage to a country's economy and productive capacity.

One of the most disconcerting and difficult to forget is the Deep Water Horizon (BP) Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Not only did 11 men lose their lives, but the ecosystem in that area was devastated. Part of the reason it is hard to get over is due to the deception surrounding the event. Initially, the story was told that only a few thousand barrels of oil were seeping out of the well each day, when in fact there were tens, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil gushing into the waters off of Mexico. Years later, the damage still exists and people are still suffering.

petroleum explosion

Another man-made disaster that seems to be happening more frequently is explosions. One of the most stunningly visual ones was in Puerto Rico in 2009. It was so intense, it even set off a natural disaster - an earthquake. The actual explosion was caused by a large gasoline tank at the Caribbean Petroleum Corporation oil refinery and oil depot. The smoke plume reached as high as 30,000 feet.

If you want to learn more about explosions, go here: Explosions

Another man-made disaster that should be of more concern to everyone, but doesn't get much attention is an EMP. Fox News had an article about it in January 2014 and stated that, "An electro-magnetic pulse attack could destroy America's defenses, leaving the U.S. in a technology world equivalent to the 1800s. We wouldn't even be able to figure out who attacked us." Most Americans aren't even aware of what an EMP is, so if you don't and want to become more aware, please read this page: EMP

Below are links to facts about some more common man-made disasters.

And, scroll down to watch the video:
"Most Bizarre Man Made Disasters"
You will be surprised by these!

Profiles of the Most Common Man Made Disasters

Oil and Chemical Spill

Economic Collapse

Nuclear Accident

Terrorist Attack

Power Outage

Dam Failure


Biological Threat

Chemical Threat

Coping with the stress of a disaster can cause psychological as well as physical symptoms. Cynthia Telles and other mental health professionals recommend avoiding overexposure to news rebroadcasts and to stay away from heavily damaged areas. Ms. Telles, a psychiatrist and mental health advocate, advises victims of disasters to seek professional help if feelings of anxiety and depression continue after order has been restored.

Most Bizarre Man-Made Disasters

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