[ RadSafe ] How many curies were involved in Hiroshima
sjd at swcp.com
Mon Jun 20 19:04:40 CDT 2011
I would add explosions at oil
refineries. I don't have any figures for killed
and injured. Besides, they would be superfluous.
It's a hackneyed "joke" --- more people
were killed in the back seat of (the late) Ted
Kennedy's car than were killed at Fukushima, or
at Three Mile Island for that matter.
At 03:01 PM 6/20/2011, you wrote:
>Here are some from Wikipedia. I am not saying
>these are the biggest, as they only cover a
>brief slice of time, are mostly Northern
>Hemisphere, and are mostly catastrophic events,
>as opposed to long term health crushers like
>Black Lung Disease (so if you are going to say,
>"but Fukushima potentially will have long term
>effects," I suspect I could come up with 10 of
>those without much problem, too.)
>December 3, 1984: The Bhopal
>disaster. Estimates of its death toll range
>from 4,000 to 20,000. The disaster caused the
>region's human and animal populations severe health problems to the present.
>April 16, 1947: Texas City Disaster, Texas. A
>minimum of 578 people lost their lives and
>another 3,500 were injured as the blast
>shattered windows from as far away as 25 mi (40
>km). Large steel pieces were thrown more than a
>mile from the dock. The origin of the explosion
>was fire in the cargo on board the ship.
>Detonation of 3,200 tons of ammonium nitrate
>fertilizer aboard the Grandcamp led to further explosions and fires.
>1932-1968: The Minamata disaster was caused by
>the dumping of mercury compounds in Minamata
>Bay, Japan. The Chisso Corporation, a fertilizer
>and later petrochemical company, was found
>responsible for polluting the bay for 37 years.
>It is estimated that over 3,000 people suffered
>various deformities, severe mercury poisoning
>symptoms or death from what became known as Minamata disease.
>August, 1975 The Banqiao Dam flooded in the
>Henan Province of China due to extraordinarily heavy rains, killing over 26,000
>April 26, 1986: Chernobyl disaster. At the
>Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Prypiat,
>Ukraine a test on reactor number four goes out
>of control, resulting in a nuclear meltdown. The
>ensuing steam explosion and fire killed up to 50
>people with estimates that there may be between
>4,000 and several hundred thousand additional
>cancer deaths over time. Fallout could be
>detected as far away as Canada. The Chernobyl
>Exclusion Zone, covering portions of Belarus and
>Ukraine surrounding Prypiat, remains poisoned
>and mostly uninhabited. Prypiat itself was
>totally evacuated and remains as a ghost town.
>January 15, 1919: The Boston Molasses Disaster.
>A large molasses tank burst and a wave of
>molasses rushed through the streets at an
>estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and
>injuring 150. The event has entered local
>folklore, and residents claim that on hot summer
>days the area still smells of molasses.
>March 25, 1911: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
>in New York City. This was a major industrial
>disaster in the U.S., causing the death of more
>than one hundred garment workers who either died
>in the fire or jumped to their deaths.
>March 10, 1906: Courrières mine disaster in
>Courrières, France. 1,099 workers died,
>including children, in the worst mine accident ever in Europe.
>October 21, 1966: Aberfan disaster was a
>catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil-tip
>that occurred in the Welsh village of Aberfan,
>killing 116 children and 28 adults.
>September 21, 2001: Toulouse, France. An
>explosion at the AZF fertilizer factory killed
>29 and injured 2,500. Extensive structural damage to nearby neighbourhoods.
>From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
>[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Busby, Chris
>Sent: Monday, June 20, 2011 1:39 PM
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>Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] How many curies were involved in Hiroshima
>What industrial catastrophes are bigger than Fukushima?
>I cant think of one. But maybe there is one. Certainly not 9.
>I mean Industrial right. Not earthquakes and stuff like that.
>If we call the atmospheric tests an industrial
>catastrophe then that one certainly.
>Also the use of uranium weapons in GW2.
>But thats probably not as bad in terms of health
>effects as Fukushima will be. You wait.
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