Top 10 Bizzare And Unusual Tragedies


A tragedy is an event that results in great loss and death. Throughout history many strange and unexpected events have caused pain and suffering to millions of people.So, here's the list most unusual tragedies on earth.

1 . Bhopal Disaster

Bhopal Gas Disaster

On December 3, 1984 a large amount of water entered a tank containing 42 tonnes of methyl isocyanate, an intermediate chemical in the production of carbamate pesticides. The chemical reaction increased the tanks temperature to over 200 °C, releasing a large amount of toxic gases on the city. Many citizens awoke with an intense burning sensation in their lungs and were choking to death. It is estimated that 10,000 people died within 72 hours of the accident. 25,000 have since died from different gas-related diseases.

2 . New London School Explosion

Photo New London School Explosion

In 1930, oil was discovered in Rusk County, Texas, making this area of the United States the richest in the country. An enormous school was built in New London which had 72 natural gas heaters installed. In 1937, the school district cancelled their natural gas contract and had a residue gas line to save some money. But nobody realised that the gas had begun to escape and build in the enormous crawlspace underneath the structure. On March 18, 1937 an instructor at the school turned on an electric sander to do some work in the basement. Almost instantly a small spark caused the entire New London School to explode. It has completely demolished the building and approximately 300-500 students and teachers lost their lives.This tragedy directly led to the law that thiols be added to natural gas.

3 . Charkhi Dadri Mid-Air Collision

Dying in a plane crash might be the most terrifying way to leave this world. On November 12, 1996 Flight SVA 763 departed New Delhi, India in route to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. At the same time Air Kazakhstan Flight 1907 was descending and preparing to land in New Delhi. Approximately eight minutes after Flight SVA 763 took off it was cleared to climb to the altitude of 14,000 feet. At the same time Flight 1907 was descending to 15,000 feet. Suddenly the two aircrafts slammed into each other head on completely destroying both the planes. All 349 people involved in the accident were almost instantly killed. This disaster directly led to strict policy changes in India.

4 . The Station Nightclub Fire

Station Nightclub Fire Picture

On February 20, 2003 the hard rock band Great White was set to perform at Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. As the band was beginning their set pyrotechnic sparks were set off for visual effect. Almost instantly a flash fire began to engulf the stage. Fire alarms were sounded and the crowd of over 400 people all rushed to the front exit. People were panicking and a crush was formed in the small and narrow hallway leading to the exit. This completely blocked the passage. The entire club was engulfed and burned to the ground in six minutes. 100 people were killed by the fire, 230 were injured, and only 132 made it out unharmed. It also led to the Statue of Liberty being shut down to all visitors due to subpar evacuation routes.

5 . Boston Molasses Disaster

Boston Molasses Truck Brust Disaster

On January 15, 1919 a cast-iron tank was transporting molasses in the industrial North End of Boston, Massachusetts. On board was two-and-a-half million gallons of crude molasses on its way to a distillery. But suddenly the truck burst creating a loud rumbling noise.15 ft. tall wall of molasses steamed through the Boston streets traveling at approximately 35 mph. It demolished buildings and buried everything in its path. . 21 people were buried and killed by the quicksand like sweet substance.Even today on a hot summer Boston afternoon people report the smell of molasses in the air.

6 . Mount Pelée Eruption

Mount Pelée Accidental Eruption

In the year 1902, local residents began to notice unusual volcanic vent holes, earth tremors, the undeniable smell of sulphur, and the constant raining of ash on the city. This made the land surrounding the volcano inhabitable and hundreds of native snakes invaded Saint-Pierre. A scene straight out of Old Testament , 6 ft. long serpents terrorized residents killing over 50 people and hundreds of live stock. The snake’s only escape from the volcano was a path directly through the city. Unfortunately the terror was only beginning for the island’s residents , few months later Mount Pelée experienced an enormous eruption annihilating everything. Over 30,000 people were instantly killed by the disaster.

7 . Lake Nyos Disaster

Picture Of Lake Nyos

Lake Nyos is an active crater lake located in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. It is one of three known lakes where a pocket of magma in the depths of the lake gradually leak carbon dioxide forming a pocket. This pocket builds up until one large natural phenomenon releases enormous amounts of the gas. On August 21, 1986 about 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 suddenly released from Lake Nyos. Everything within a 15-mile radius of the lake was killed. Approximately 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock were suffocated by the gas.

8 . Basra Poison Grain Disaster

In September of 1971 90,000 metric tons of American barley and Mexican wheat were shipped to the Iraqi port of Barsa. It was intended to be used as only seed grain and not to be directly ingested. The barley and wheat was treated with antifungal methylmercury to prevent it from developing mold. The grain was dyed pink and the bags were marked as poisonous. Some time after delivery to the port it was ransacked and many of the bags of grain were stolen. They were sold to the local population of that area. Almost immediately thousands of people reported mercury poisoning.Around 500 people are said to be died from the barley and wheat, but other estimates are much higher. Iraqi officials kept the tragedy under wraps until an American reporter discovered the unusual and vast amount of reported poisonings.

9 . Dyatlov Pass Incident

Dyatlov Pass

In late January 1959 a group of experienced skiers and hikers set out on a voyage. Led by Igor Dyatlov, the goal of the expedition was to reach the mountain of Otorten. Everything was going as planned for the group of nine until they lost their direction. Dyatlov quickly realized the mistake and set up camp on the slope of the mountain intending to backtrack the following day. They never made it and when they did not send a telegraph as expected a massive man hunt was conducted. The lifeless bodies of all nine people were mysteriously found spread over a large area. Many abnormalities had occurred. All deaths were thought to be from hypothermia until autopsies were performed. Some were wearing each others clothes, one victim had no tongue, and trace amounts of radioactive contamination were found on clothing. Four of the hikers were determined to have died from a force that could not have been inflicted by another human. They had chest and head trauma equivalent to a high speed car crash. There was evidence that the group fled their tents in the middle of the night as they were ripped out from within. The bodies had no external signs of injury. Final diagnosis was that the deaths were caused by an “unknown compelling force.”

10 . Champawat Tiger & Panar Leopard

Champawat Tiger With Panar Leopard

The Champawat Tiger is a legendary female Bengal Tiger. Shehas killed more then 400 people in Nepal and the Kumaon area of India in the early 20th century. This tiger was often seen roaming the streets outside populated villages and would even try to break into huts.Around the same time the Panar Leopard was terrorizing people in the Kumaon District of Northern India. This male leopard is also alleged to have killed around 400 citizens, striking utter fear in the parents and children of many small villages. Both of these animals were hunted down and killed by legendary big cat hunter and author Jim Corbett. Corbett was an Indian-born British conservationist who was extremely talented at stalking and killing man-eater animals. These two animals are widely regarded as the most deadly of all time.

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