Humans & Enviroment

Chernobyl Disaster  

In April 26, 1986 a reactor in Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in Ukraine exploded. The reactor was designed with insufficient trained personnel. This horrible explosion killed 31 people, & released at least 5% of radioactivity into atmosphere. This caused for everyone to evacuate and leave everything behind. To this day many people die of cancer because of radiation exposure, & many kids are born with many defects. Even though the radiation isn't as high today, its not good to stay to long in Chernobyl.     

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

In March 24, 1989 the tanker Exxon Valdez ruptured its hull and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil into the Prince William Sound. Before 2010 Deep Water Horizon, Exxon Valdez was the biggest oil spill. More then 1,000 miles of the coastline was fouled with oil, and thousands of animals were perished. The captain, Joseph Hazelwood, at that time was presumed  to be drunk but later on the charges were dropped. To this day many Alaskan beaches are still polluted with crude oil. 

Hoover Dam

In the early 20th century the US Bureau of Reclamation made a plan to make a dam to tame the Colorado River, so it could provide water and power to for the Southwest. Building the dam was very dangerous. At this time the Hoover Dam was the biggest dam in the world. It irrigates 2 million acres of water.   

Hurricane Katrina

In the morning of August 25, 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States. It was categorized as a number 3 in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. It had winds of 100-140 miles per hour, and some stretched 400 miles across. Thousands of people on Lousiana, Mississippi, and Alabahma didnt have a home. This hurricane costed 100 billion dollars worth of damage.

Tsunami Indian / Thailand

A earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Set off a tsunami that caused death and devastation. This earthquake was estimated to have killed 23,000 people. It registered to have had a 9.3 magnitude, it lasted for 10 minutes. The earthquake moved 750 miles of underwater fault line up to 40 feet. Within 15 minutes the waves were crashing in the coast of Sumatra. Entire communities were swept, thousands of people dead.

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