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The largest civil disasters in the world

Usually, when the words “accident” or “catastrophe” sound, in the majority of cases think about technogenic accidents or accidents with automobile or other technique. However, in the history of construction and architecture, there are a number of colossal disasters that for some reason are known much less than other similar incidents.
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The National Encyclopedia of Construction ProfiDom.com.ua tells of the twelve most terrible civil and architectural disasters in the world.

Bridge Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, May 2, 1845
The largest civil disasters in the world

On May 2, 1845, the suspension bridge Yarmouth collapsed, unable to withstand the weight of several hundred children and their parents who gathered to look at the clown running along the river. Clown sat in the barrel, and the goose pulled the barrel. The weight of people shifted when the barrel swam under the bridge. The people sharply turned over to the other side, the chains from the south side broke and the platform of the bridge turned over.

Pemberton Mill Factory, Lawrence, Mass., January 10, 1860
This five-story building was only seven years old when it suddenly collapsed and collapsed. 145 people died, 166 injured. As it turned out later, during the construction, cheap steel columns were used, which could not withstand the weight of a number of heavy machines that were installed on the upper floors.

South Fork Dam on Lake Konemog, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1889
The largest civil disasters in the world

The largest civil disasters in the world

After the breakthrough of the old South Fort Dam, which had long been in need of repair, 20 million tons of water rushed to the city of Johnstown, sweeping everything in its path. As a result of the flood, 2209 people died. By the way, the previous owner of the dam removed and sold three cast-iron outflow pipes that allowed for a regulated discharge of water.

The city of Quebec, Canada. 1916
The largest civil disasters in the world

The longest console bridge in the world (987 meters) collapsed twice: August 29, 1907 and September 11, 1916. Four years after the start of construction, the central section of the southern part of the bridge collapsed in some 15 minutes. During this catastrophe, 75 people died, 11 injured.

Nine years later, after the central section was restored, she fell into the water, resulting in the death of another 13 people.

Tower of Ronan Point, London, England, May 16, 1968
The largest civil disasters in the world

A new 22-story tower in East London (completed March 11, 1968) partly collapsed after a gas explosion, resulting in a single bearing wall completely destroyed. 4 people died and 17 injured.

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