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9 Industrial Catastrophes(10 images)

ACETYLENE TANK FIRE - Hundreds of tanks continue to burn following a fire and explosion at the Praxair Company in St. Louis on June 24, 2005. Debris was thrown for blocks as tanks exploded. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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BHOPAL - Greenpeace activists demonstrate in the Indian capital of New Delhi, December 3, to mark the 15th anniversary of the poisonous gas leak from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, which left nearly 3,000 people dead. Even today, hundreds of thousands of people suffer from breathlessness, poor vision, depression, loss of appetite and hundreds of children have been born with genetic disorders. Nearly 60 people die each month due to diseases linked with gas leak, known as the world's worst ever industrial accident. (jr/str UPI)
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DEEPWATER HORIZON EXPLOSION - Gathered concentrated oil burns during a controlled oil fire in the Gulf of Mexico on May 5, 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard working in partnership with BP PLC, local residents, and other federal agencies conducted the "in situ burn" to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon. UPI/Justin E. Stumberg/U.S. Navy
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W. VIRGINIA COAL MINE DISASTER - A large drill works above Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on April 7, 2010 in Montcoal, West Virginia. The 560ft rotary drill is drilling a second hole in an effort to release gas from the area where miners were believed to be trapped. UPI/Jeff Gentner/Pool
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