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11 Epic Technology Disasters

Nature and politics kill far more people than technological accidents but failures of machines still take a toll on both a personal and social level. Separating machine failures and negligent maintenance from unforeseeable circumstances isn't easy and no doubt there are some accidents worthy of mention that we've missed. In any event, these are the eleven worst tech-related disasters where mechanical or engineering failure played a significant role. And by "worst," we're considering death toll b
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In August 1975, the Banqiao dam on China's Ru River collapsed in under the heavy rain from Typhoon Nina, a failure foreseen by project critics and in part attributable to inadequate engineering. The death toll has been estimated to be 26,000 from flooding and 145,000 from subsequent hardships, though official statistics of such events in China are difficult to verify.

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