Disasters

These Are Some Of The Weirdest Man-Made Disasters

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You've heard of hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, and earthquakes, but you've likely never heard of some bizarre man-made events that ended up disastrous. For example, the London Beer Flood. In 1816, a huge vat of beer ruptured, causing a domino effect of others to blow as well. In total, there were 390,000 gallons of beer sloshing through the streets of London. A wave reportedly 15 feet high demolished buildings and flooded homes. At least eight people reportedly drowned. A more popular strange disaster is the Great Molasses Flood, during which a 25-foot wall of molasses crashed through downtown Boston in 1919.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In 1814, about 390,000 gallons of beer flooded into London streets during what is now known as the London Beer Flood. 00:09

  2. In 1919, a 25-foot wall of molasses crashed through Boston during what it now known as the Great Molasses Flood. 01:17

  3. During the Great London Death Fog of 1952, an estimated 4,000 people died from pus-filled lungs due to poisonous smog. 04:17

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