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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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Before the Texas City disaster, there was the Port Chicago disaster in which 320 Navy sailors and civilians died from a munitions explosion. The explosion occurred on July 17, 1944, at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Port Chicago, California. Most of the dead were African-Americans and the incident sparked a mutiny over the dangerous conditions. As World War II was underway, disciplinary action was harsh and the incident continues to be a racial sore point. Inadequate attention to safe munitions handling, in terms of tools and training, led to the disaster.

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