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The Scottish island of Gruinard (Anthrax Island): The Island of Death.

The Scotsman

“….Over the summer of 1942 and 1943, sheep were placed in open pens and then exposed to bombs, dropped from a Vickers Wellington bomber plane, that scattered anthrax spores across the land. The power of anthrax became quickly clear when the sheep started dying after three days with its potential to cause mass destruction summed up in the report of the tests……”

3/29/1982: The combination of an earthquake and a volcanic eruption at El Chichon in southern Mexico converts a hill into a crater, kills thousands of people and destroys acres of farmland


3/27/1964: The strongest earthquake in American history (M9.2) rocks southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami and resulting in the deaths of about 131 people and injuring thousands.

3/27/1977: Two 747 jumbo jets crash into each other on the runway at an airport in the Canary Islands, killing 582 passengers and crew members

3/25/1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down, killing 146 workers


3/24/1989: Exxon Valdez crashes

3/22/1859: Quito, Ecuador suffers one of its worst earthquakes killing 5,000 people


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3/19/1937: Nearly 300 students in Texas are killed by an explosion of natural gas at their school


Nearly 300 students in Texas are killed by an explosion of natural gas at their school

3/10/1906: An underground fire sparked a massive explosion in a mine killing over 1,000 workers in Courrieres, France


3/9/1981: A nuclear accident at a Japan Atomic Power Company plant in Tsuruga, Japan, exposes 59 workers to radiation.


“…..On March 9, a worker forgot to shut a critical valve, causing a radioactive sludge tank to overflow. Fifty-six workers were sent in to mop up the radioactive sludge before the leak could escape the disposal building, but the plan was not successful and 16 tons of waste spilled into Wakasa Bay……”


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