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Bhopal Gas Tragedy took place in December in 1984. It is one of the worst accidents in the history of India. The tragedy occurred because of an accidental chemical reaction that took place in the factory of the Union Carbide Limited in Bhopal. The poisonous gas started spreading across the city...Read More

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The catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, (or 9/11) resulted in the deaths of thousands of people working in the Trade Center, hundreds of Iraqi's and Afghans as well as thousands of American and British soldiers, and it caused devastation to two Muslim countries. It divided the world into...Read More

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In August 79 AD, a massive eruption destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, submerging them under layers of volcanic material and mud killing thousands of people. A copious amount of rock and volcanic ash filled the atmosphere. It is estimated that about six inches of ash fell every...Read More

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A Volcanic vent is a fissure or a crack in a volcano through which lava, ash, steam, and gases are emitted. It is a tube-like structure with small cracks that penetrate deep into the earth's crust, where temperatures can reach anywhere from 1300 to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. The depth of th...Read More

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The Exxon Valdez oil spill took place on March 24, 1989, in the Gulf of Alaska. The ship had run into Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The tanker was traveling outside standard shipping lanes, as they were trying to avoid the icebergs nearby. The ship was carrying over 53,000,000 gallons of...Read More

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No, I do not agree that The 2011 Tohoku Japan is the most powerful earthquake in the world. I think the most powerful earthquake ever recorded is Valdivia earthquake in Chile that occurred on the 22nd of May 1960. The magnitude of the Valdivia earthquake was about 9.5 while the magnitude of...Read More

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The Bhopal disaster gas tragedy was an industrial accident. It happened at a Union Carbide subsidiary pesticide plant in the city of Bhopal, India. In December 1984, the plant released approximately 40 tons of toxic gas, exposing more than 500,000 people to toxic gases. A mixture of poisonous...Read More

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In geology, the places known as hotspots are volcanic regions thought to be fed by the underlying mantle that is unusually hot compared with the surrounding mantle. A hotspot is an intensely hot area in the mantle below the earth's crust. The melted rock, known as magma often pushes through...Read More

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Krakatoa is an island volcano. It is located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. There is also a grouping of islands next to Krakotoa that came to be from a much larger island breaking apart during a huge volcanic explosion which occurred in...Read More

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The ozone hole is a region of the stratosphere over Antarctica (and a smaller one over the Arctic) that is depleted of ozone in the local spring.Chloroflourobcarbons (CFCs) and halons (bromine) contribute greatly to the thinning of the ozone layer. These substances are emitted from man made...Read More

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