History of humanity abounds in deadly earthquakes, floods, storms, airplane crashes, and other such incidents and tragic accidents. In some cases, the forces of nature are combined with bad luck and give rise to great misfortunes.
In this article, we present some of the strangest disasters of all time. Fortunately, not all lost lives.
The Great Boston Moon Flood
At midnight on January 15, 1919, a flood of “sweet and sticky death” broke out over Boston.A fermenting molasses storage tank (a syrup obtained from the extraction of beet or cane sugar), which was used for the production of industrial alcohol for the arms factories, broke.
The so-formed Molash valley started forcefully towards the city, having at some moments a height of 12 meters. By sweeping the street at a speed of approximately 55 kilometers per hour, the tide crashed the buildings and took cars, horses and people with him.
Then, thickened by the cold temperatures of winter, Molasses quickly solidified and caught all those who had the bad luck to be in her way. 21 people were killed, most suffocated, and 150 others were injured.
2. The Tunguska incident of 1908
In 1908, a huge explosion took place in the stratosphere, above the central Siberian taigale.Expected to be, the explosion was caused by a comet or a meteorite and lying about 5,200 square miles of pine forest.
Scientists estimate that the explosive force was about 1,000 times higher than that of the Hiroshima bomb .
Some scholars of the phenomenon believe the disaster was caused by a comet. To support their theory, they invoke the appearance of silver clouds in Europe’s sky shortly after the explosion.
These clouds, they say, could have been caused by the release of ice crystals in the upper layers of the atmosphere due to the sudden dispersal of the comet. Others claim the object was a meteorite that could have been 100 meters in diameter.
3. The fog of death in Donora
At the end of October 1948, the town of Donora, in the US state of Pennsylvania, was shrouded by a deadly fog. For four days, due to weather conditions, floods of fluoride, lead and cadmium particles and other toxic gases emitted by the metallurgical factories in the area float above the city.
The air was still, and the cloud of pollutants floated close to the ground. Almost 5,000 people have suffered from the effects of this disaster.
Many people have been poisoned with fluoride. The amount of fluorine in the blood of those affected exceeded 12-25 times the normal range.
22 people died on the first day, and another 55 deaths attributed to fogs occurred in the coming months. Over the next ten years, the mortality rate in Donora has increased.
Many of the survivors chose permanent respiratory problems.
4. Fruit juice flooding in Russia
On April 15, 2017, an accident happened at Pepsi’s warehouse in Lebedyan, Russia.Approximately 28 million liters of fruit juice spilled into the streets and the Don River.
Fortunately, no one lost his life in the accident. Only two people were injured after the roof of the Pepsi complex collapsed unexpectedly.
Although the authorities were worried that the liquid could harm Don’s fauna, seven days after the incident, the authorities announced that the environment had not been affected.
5. Poisonous flood in Hungary
On October 4, 2010, a wall of the Ajkai Timfoldgyar alumina factory surrendered unexpectedly. The wall was part of a reservoir containing a huge volume of industrial waste, red.
With the collapse of the wall, one million cubic meters of toxic substances were discharged.The flood blew, flooding the villages in the Marcal River valley.
At least 10 people have lost their lives.
Another 120 were injured after the residue burned their skin and caused them to irritate their eyes. The toxic wave was made up of residues left by the refining of bauxite, and it came to the rivers and springs in the area, killing fauna and flora.
Following the massive spill of toxic substances, urgency was decreed in Hungary. Then part of the wave spilled into the Danube, and the pollution affected Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.