22 Apr '16, 5pm

Here's an Earth Day look at the 10 worst environmental disasters in engineering history.

Here's an Earth Day look at the 10 worst environmental disasters in engineering history.

On the night of March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam , 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, failed, creating a disaster that would become the second-greatest loss of life in the history of the state of California (no. 1 being the San Francisco earthquake of 1906). Once the damn collapsed 12.4 billion gallons of water roared down the San Francisquito Canyon, creating a wall of water 140 feet high that would eventually travel 54 miles, leaving death and devastation in its wake. The disaster claimed 600 lives and bodies were found as far away as the Mexican border. The blame for the disaster fell on the designer of the dam, William Mulholland , the general manager and chief engineer of the Bureau of Water Works and Supply (today known as the Los Angeles Department of Water and power). Experts have pointed to myriad problems with the dam's design and construction. It was unknowin...

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