Engineering Disasters Essay

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Engineering Disasters Engineers have opportunities and jobs like no other. Marvellous buildings and structures are completed, and new inventions are being created and implemented into society around the world, all thanks to engineers. However, not all of these inventions and structures are entirely perfect; in fact, some imperfect structures are more popular than the perfect ones because of the impact they have had on the people and areas around them. These famous imperfect structures are considered to be disasters because of how they have impacted the world. One significant disaster is the Chernobyl power plant explosion. That is only one example of disasters that have impacted the world, and this essay will discuss how this disaster and …show more content…
It is the work power plant explosion in history and is still impacting the world today. On April 26, 1986, in Chernobyl, Ukraine, reactor number four of the plant was structurally incorrect and exploded. The explosion was bigger and travelled farther than the nuclear explosion of Hiroshima. This explosion and other explosions that followed sent radioactive fumes and clouds into the atmosphere. These fumes affected the surrounding areas greatly and even reached around the globe, causing acid rain. As a result of this radioactive pollution, three hundred and thirty six thousand people had to be relocated to a safer area (Top 10 Worst Engineering Disasters). A worker died from the explosion, and another worker died shortly after in the hospital. Within three months of the explosion, thirty operators and firemen that were working on the plant were also killed (Chernobyl Accident 1986). After those three months, many more people died because of radiation poisoning and cancers that were developed. Acute Radiation Syndrome or radiation sickness affected one hundred and thirty four people and was the cause of death for twenty eight people (Chernobyl Accident 1986). How could something this drastic happen? It all started with a flawed reactor and operators that were not fit for the …show more content…
The cantilever bridge eventually collapsed under its own weight and took the lives of seventy five workers out of eighty six total workers (Quebec Bridge Disaster). The magnitude of this collapse was so large, it was thought to be an earthquake by people in Quebec City, about ten kilometers away (Quebec Bridge Disaster).This bridge was to be one of the largest cantilever bridges in the world, but instead, is one of the largest and most famous disasters in Canada. Theodore Cooper designed this cantilever bridge and designed it to be the cheapest and also best way possible (Quebec Bridge Disaster). When his design was inspected by Robert Douglas, who was an engineer for the Canadian government, he became enraged. His bridge was said to be faulty because of the large amount of stress on it, and would not be able to hold itself. Despite Douglas’ warnings, Cooper continued with the construction of the bridge. He did not supervise the job much because of sickness and instead put Peter Szlapka in charge, who was not fit for the job (Quebec Bridge Disaster). It was discovered on August 6, that chords on the lower part of the bridge were being bent. As days went by, more chords were bending and also, existing ones were bending even more. Twenty three days later, the bridge collapsed into the river below, taking

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