On 2 May 1845, a bridge in Great Yarmouth, England, collapsed because too many people had gathered on it to watch a clown in a barrel being towed by four geese.
A drilling company in Louisiana accidentally caused a sinkhole in a lake. The resultant whirlpool sucked in the drilling platform, eleven barges, many trees and 65 acres of the surrounding terrain.
Minutes before the Halifax Explosion, (one of the largest non-nuclear, man-made explosions) a dispatcher named Vince Coleman returned to his station to send a warning telegram, saving 300 lives at the cost of his own.
Before Chernobyl, the Soviets had another massive nuclear disaster which contaminated over 20,000 square km. The area was turned into a preserve to cover up the accident. The CIA knew of the accident, but also covered it up in order to protect the fledgling US nuclear industry from hysteria.
A month after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, a massive typhoon hit the city, killing 2,000.
The famous Carnegie Hall was built mainly because the steel baron Andrew Carnegie felt responsible for the 1889 Johnstown Flood, due to his involvement with the South Fork Hunting & Fishing Club. At the time it was the largest peacetime disaster to strike the United States, killing over 2,200 people.
On October 20, 1944, an above-ground natural gas storage tank began to leak. The gas eventually made its way into the sewers of Cleveland and eventually ignited, blowing manhole covers miles away and shooting flames up through the plumbing of homes. 130 people were killed.
In 1929 firemen in Gillingham, England planned to show off their abilities by “rescuing” nine boys and six firemen from a house. All fifteen died.
The area surrounding Chernobyl “will not be safe for human life again for another 20,000 years“.