10 Recent And Deadly Industrial Disasters In America

Donora Smog

In 1948, a deadly explosion occurred in Pennsylvania. Donora, a mill town, experienced the Donora Smog, an air inversion that sickened a total of 7,000 people and killed 20 at the time. Respiratory distress was the main problem.

Buffalo Creek Flood

The Buffalo Creek Flood occurred in 1972 when the Pittston Coal Company’s dam, found in Logan County, West Virginia, burst after being declared ‘satisfactory’ by an inspector. 132 million gallons (500,000 cubic meters) of wastewater caused the deaths of 125 individuals, injured a further 1,121 and caused over 4,000 people to become homeless.