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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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Less than 60 deaths have been directly attributed to the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. Though various groups have made unverified claims that anywhere from 4,000 to more than 200,000 people have died as a result of radiation exposure in the years that followed, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), following decades of study, has concluded that apart from increased thyroid cancers, "there is no evidence of a major public health impact attributable to radiation exposure 20 years after the accident." However, the effects of the accident continue to be felt on a personal and environmental level, inside and outside of Ukraine. Though the extent to which human error versus design flaws contributed to the accident remains open to debate, there's a strong case for bad design.

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