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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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Massive rains and flooding on August 11, 1979, resulted in a dam failure that led to the deaths of an estimated 5,000 to 15,000 people in and around the Indian town of Morvi, in the state of Gujarat. As with the levees that failed during Hurricane Katrina, unexpectedly severe weather gets the blame rather than underwhelming engineering. But dam engineers need to plan for the worst. Anything less is just gambling with people's lives.

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