Five of the Biggest Accidents in History
When most of us think about the idea of an 'accident' we might usually consider a road traffic collision or perhaps a mishap in the workplace.
Sadly, some accidents can be far more serious and their results may include life-changing and debilitating injuries. In such cases, it is always worth considering contacting a no win no fee lawyer to see if you may have a valid case for compensation.
Any accident can have a devastating impact on a personal level, but some affect a far greater number of people and these are the ones that go down in history as significant events.
Here are five of the biggest accidents in history:
The city of Pompeii was a Roman city near modern Naples in Italy and was buried after an eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Such was the level of devastation that Pompeii was lost for nearly 1,700 years before it was rediscovered in 1748. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
The Great Fire of London
From Sunday 2 September to Wednesday 5 September in 1666, a tremendous fire burned through the City Of London destroying everything in its path, which included 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches and the original St. Paul's Cathedral. An estimated 7 out of 8 of the people who lived in the city at the time were left homeless.
The most famous shipping accident of all concerns the infamous British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after hitting an iceberg. The fact that it was the Titanic’s first voyage, that it was the largest ship of its time and that there was a death toll of 1,502 people, all combined to make the event something that shook the world.
The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire with the death of 35 of the 97 people on board on Thursday, May 6, 1937 as it attempted to dock at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Due to the entire event being caught on film and repeated in the newsreels of the time, the use of airships as a mass transport method was halted due to a massive loss of public confidence.
On 26 April 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine suffered an explosion and subsequent fire which released radioactive contamination that spread across Europe. It is considered to be the worst nuclear accident in history and is one of only two classified as a Level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale; the second is the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan in 2011.