Humans and the Environment - Making an Impact
The Panama Canal is a vital canal linking North and South America. Originally opened in 1914, the construction of the Panama Canal cost an estimated 350 million dollars. The project however, took the lives of around 5,600 people. Never the less it has proved very helpful for boats and international trade. In 2010 the 1 millionth ship passed through the Canal.
In 1986, the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine. It was the result of unsafe testing. The incident caused the death of around half the plant workers and can be tied to thousands of cases of cancer. To this day the area where the meltdown happened can kill you in seconds and several miles around the meltdown zone are restricted.
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
One of the worst oil spills in history happened in 1989. After a supertanker ran ashore in the Prince William Sound, it dumped nearly 11 million gallons of oils. The attempts to contain it were unsuccessful and it eventually polluted more then 700 miles of coastline. The oil spill did have some positive results though, including the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. To this day though, their is still places where crude oil can be found along the shore.
In the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Louisiana. It was not the hurricane alone though that caused this to be a historical hurricane. It was also the large amount of levy failures that were the result of the hurricane, which quickly filled the city that was below sea level. After it was all over, it killed nearly 2,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of evacuees were never able to return. Today, people are still recovering from the damages from Katrina.
1906 San Francisco Earthquake
On April 18, 1906, a 7.8 earthquake disrupted all of San Francisco and surrounding areas. It was not just the earthquake itself though, but the fires that followed that really caused the immense devastation to the city. The burning lasted for days. When it was all over an estimated 3000 were dead and hundreds of thousands were displaced. It resulted in an estimated 500 million dollars of damage in 1906, which is billions in today's currency.
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