technological disaster

A disaster attributed in part or entirely to human intent, error, negligence, or involving a failure of a man-made system, resulting in significant injuries or deaths
Examples 9/11, Columbine High School massacre, Exxon Valdez, NASA’s Challenger, Columbia, Chernobyl

technological disaster

Man-made disaster, see there.
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Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a far-future Earth struggling to reinvent itself after a technological disaster, "Homefront is an uncompromising adventure story set in the Transgenic Wars about what it truly means to be human.
The opening salvo was an un-interactive technological disaster.
PAMT is poised to become an integral part of business, giving companies the opportunity to not only foresee and avert technological disaster but also to minimize and mitigate system damage.
Had it hit Earth, the July 2012 event likely would have created a technological disaster by short-circuiting satellites, power grids, ground communication equipment and even threatening the health of astronauts and aircraft crews, he said.
It is pinned against the gallery wall, about six feet up, with five thin timber laths, in an arrangement that suggests both technological disaster (the descending parachute has failed to open) and a sculptural gesture of reparation: Gec's laths have arrested the parachute (and by implication the airman's body) a split second before impact with the ground.
The combination of not being able to work and not being able to meaningfully contribute to recovery efforts is one of the greatest causes of depression for victims of a technological disaster like the spill in the Gulf.
It provides: * Detection of unauthorised taps into pipeline and theft of oil, refined oil products, natural gas; * Detection of leaks in gas and liquid pipelines that occur due to physical wear and corrosion; * Detection of product's leak due to technological disaster, landslides and seismic activity; * Prevention of possible technological and ecological disasters due to leakage of large quantities of product; * Ability to automatically activate cut-off valves and isolate damaged sections of pipeline in the event of leak detection; * Integrity control of pipelines located above and underground, as well as subsea pipelines; * Reliable operation and precise readings in a wide range of climates with temperatures from -40C to +85C.
This fourth edition contains new material on marketing to Baby Boomers, seniors, and Generation X, in-office dispensing, and natural disaster and technological disaster planning.
Consequently, New Orleans' students tended to view Katrina as a technological disaster, while MSU students tended to view it as a natural disaster (see Ritchie et al.
Whether the incident involves a natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina, a technological disaster such as the recent chemical-holding-facility fire in Apex, North Carolina, or a terrorist event, the typical result is mass evacuation of local citizens from their residences.
You could make the argument," he says of the '77 blackout, "that what happened there was less a technological disaster than simply the breakout of another riot": another Watts in another long, hot summer.
For me, the most vivid example was the Chernobyl accident, which most people consider to be a technological disaster.

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