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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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Death estimates range from about 4,000 to 30,000 for the 1984 release of poison gas at a Union Carbide Facility in Bhopal, India. But like Chernobyl, the health effects have lasted decades and continue to this day. A variety of equipment failures and design flaws are believed to have contributed to the accident. Eight Indian plant employees were convicted of negligence in June 2010, in Bhopal. An arrest warrant for former CEO Warren Anderson, now 90, was issued by Indian authorities last year but the U.S. will not extradite him.

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