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    11 of the most expensive catastrophies in history

    11 Most Expensive Catastrophes in History
    # 11. Titanic - $150 Million
    The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today ' s dollars).
    # 10. Tanker Truck vs Bridge - $358 Million
    On August 26, 2004, a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany . The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 Million.

    # 9. MetroLink Crash - $500 Million
    On September 12, 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles . It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging.. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink.
    # 8. B-2 Bomber Crash - $1.4 Billion
    Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we ' re only #7 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety.

    # 7. Exxon Valdez - $2.5 Billion
    The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world ' s biggest oil spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On March 24, 1989, 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship ' s master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion.
    # 6. Piper Alpha Oil Rig - $3.4 Billion
    The world ' s worst off-shore oil disaster. At one time, it was the world ' s single largest oil producer, spewing out 317,000 barrels of oil per day. On July 6, 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. There were 100 identical safety valves which were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them. At 10 PM that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world ' s most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion.
    Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulting in $3.4 Billion in damages.
    # 5. Challenger Explosion - $5.5 Billion
    The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff due on January 28, 1986 due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion. The cost of replacing the Space Shuttle was $2 billion in 1986 ($4.5 billion in today ' s dollars). The cost of investigation, problem correction, and replacement of lost equipment cost $450 million from 1986-1987 ($1 Billion in today ' s dollars).
    # 4. Prestige Oil Spill - $12 Billion
    On November 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia , Spain . Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast. The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons oil into the sea.
    According to a report by the Pontevedra Economist Board, the total cleanup cost $12 billion.
    # 3. Space Shuttle Columbia - $13 Billion
    The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA ' s orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. The original cost of the shuttle was $2 Billion in 1978. That comes out to $6.3 Billion in today ' s dollars. $500 million was spent on the investigation, making it the costliest aircraft accident investigation in history. The search and recovery of debris cost $300 million.
    In the end, the total cost of the accident (not including replacement of the shuttle) came out to $13 Billion according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics..
    # 2. Chernobyl - $200 Billion
    On April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socio-economic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. Over 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl , including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000. The total costs including cleanup, resettlement, and compensation to victims has been estimated to be roughly $200 Billion. The cost of a new steel shelter for the Chernobyl nuclear plant will cost $2 billion alone. The accident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated plant procedures and were ignorant of the safety requirements needed.
    # 1. 2008 Presidential Election- $800 Billion in the first two months………..

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    more white trash chain emails

    fcuking seppos are sad cnuts

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    Might want to add the invasion of Iraq to that list.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    more white trash chain emails

    fcuking seppos are sad cnuts
    I'm not sure if it's white trash. I'm not sure if it's a chaing email, but could be.

    Seppos, sad cnuts?

    I don't think they are sad. Maybe annoying sometimes, but not sad.

    For the record I am a Seppo. I am not sad.

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    But do not pay any attention to this scum inbred who calls himself Baldrick, I have not seen one of his posts since my first day on this site unless it is used as a quote and have yet to see one that shows he has any intelligence or why he is left to roam around here in the first place.
    It is a cinch that his mother and father were not married because nowhere in this civilized world is it legal for brother and sister to marry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    Might want to add the invasion of Iraq to that list.......
    I really do not think that would be a catastrophy

    ca·tas·tro·phe
    Pronunciation: \kə-ˈtas-trə-(ˌ)fē\
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Greek katastrophē, from katastrephein to overturn, from kata- + strephein to turn
    Date: 1540
    1: the final event of the dramatic action especially of a tragedy
    2: a momentous tragic event ranging from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin
    3 a: a violent and sudden change in a feature of the earth b: a violent usually destructive natural event (as a supernova)
    4: utter failure : fiasco <the party was a catastrophe>



    Inflected Form(s): plural fi·as·coes
    Etymology: French, from Italian, from fare fiasco, literally, to make a bottle
    Date: circa 1854
    : a complete failure
    I would say that Iraq was more of a FIASCO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    But do not pay any attention to this scum inbred who calls himself Baldrick, I have not seen one of his posts since my first day on this site unless it is used as a quote and have yet to see one that shows he has any intelligence or why he is left to roam around here in the first place.
    I must say I agree.

    Baldrick does not contribute much.

    Baldy: you better up your game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    11 Most Expensive Catastrophes in History
    # 11. Titanic - $150 Million
    The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today ' s dollars).
    # 10. Tanker Truck vs Bridge - $358 Million
    On August 26, 2004, a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany . The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 Million.

    # 9. MetroLink Crash - $500 Million
    On September 12, 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles . It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging.. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink.
    # 8. B-2 Bomber Crash - $1.4 Billion
    Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we ' re only #7 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety.

    # 7. Exxon Valdez - $2.5 Billion
    The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world ' s biggest oil spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On March 24, 1989, 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship ' s master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion.
    # 6. Piper Alpha Oil Rig - $3.4 Billion
    The world ' s worst off-shore oil disaster. At one time, it was the world ' s single largest oil producer, spewing out 317,000 barrels of oil per day. On July 6, 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. There were 100 identical safety valves which were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them. At 10 PM that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world ' s most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion.
    Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulting in $3.4 Billion in damages.
    # 5. Challenger Explosion - $5.5 Billion
    The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff due on January 28, 1986 due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion. The cost of replacing the Space Shuttle was $2 billion in 1986 ($4.5 billion in today ' s dollars). The cost of investigation, problem correction, and replacement of lost equipment cost $450 million from 1986-1987 ($1 Billion in today ' s dollars).
    # 4. Prestige Oil Spill - $12 Billion
    On November 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia , Spain . Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast. The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons oil into the sea.
    According to a report by the Pontevedra Economist Board, the total cleanup cost $12 billion.
    # 3. Space Shuttle Columbia - $13 Billion
    The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA ' s orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. The original cost of the shuttle was $2 Billion in 1978. That comes out to $6.3 Billion in today ' s dollars. $500 million was spent on the investigation, making it the costliest aircraft accident investigation in history. The search and recovery of debris cost $300 million.
    In the end, the total cost of the accident (not including replacement of the shuttle) came out to $13 Billion according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics..
    # 2. Chernobyl - $200 Billion
    On April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socio-economic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. Over 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl , including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000. The total costs including cleanup, resettlement, and compensation to victims has been estimated to be roughly $200 Billion. The cost of a new steel shelter for the Chernobyl nuclear plant will cost $2 billion alone. The accident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated plant procedures and were ignorant of the safety requirements needed.
    # 1. 2008 Presidential Election- $800 Billion in the first two months………..

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    Would have thought 9/11 should have been on that list somewhere...and the Trials and retrials of Gary Graham in texas must have cost a bob or two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    11 Most Expensive Catastrophes in History
    # 11. Titanic - $150 Million
    The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive.
    What's wrong with the above statement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr
    What's wrong with the above statement?
    It must be this 'math' thing that the Seppos use. It's kinda like maths but not as accurate.

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    Chernobyl
    Loneliest place on earth is Chernobyl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    Loneliest place on earth is Chernobyl.
    Or the theater where Scampy plays the blues?



    Just kidding.

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    Seems that hurricanes Andrew, Ivan and Katrina, to name just 3, don't count either?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lingmau
    and Katrina,
    Got rid of lots of them coloured folks. That probably saved the country billions

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    BG will like that comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    # 1. 2008 Presidential Election- $800 Billion in the first two months………..
    Syntax error there BG let me help you out

    #1 8 years of corruption and missrule. Clean up cost $800 billion and counting

    See it's just like an oil spill

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    I have not seen one of his posts since my first day on this site unless it is used as a quote.
    Since joining I haven't seen you make a post that hasn't been a copy and paste from your KKK, Aryan, white clan etc... email circulars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milkman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    more white trash chain emails

    fcuking seppos are sad cnuts
    I'm not sure if it's white trash. I'm not sure if it's a chaing email, but could be.

    Seppos, sad cnuts?

    I don't think they are sad. Maybe annoying sometimes, but not sad.

    For the record I am a Seppo. I am not sad.
    You're more than a little literal for some, Miliky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    But do not pay any attention to this scum inbred who calls himself Baldrick, I have not seen one of his posts since my first day on this site unless it is used as a quote and have yet to see one that shows he has any intelligence or why he is left to roam around here in the first place.
    It is a cinch that his mother and father were not married because nowhere in this civilized world is it legal for brother and sister to marry.
    Imbred..?? BG, you're sound more like your brother Keda everyday.

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    A list that can't even get numbers from 1 to 10 right . . . Highly believable . . . add to it Blackgang and you have proof positive that its crap.

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    To be honest, the whole list is a pile of horseshit, numbers 1 to 11 inclusive, (of 1 to 10. or maybe 11 or 12...how many fingers do I have?) look at the current "disaster" in the financial world...it makes that list look pathetic! (blame the Jew bankers, blame the Jew bankers, Blame the Jew Bankers!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    Might want to add the invasion of Iraq to that list.......
    And hit the 'enter' key while you're at it.

    (It makes paragraphs)

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    Tzunami's ? Earthquakes ? etc
    Where does this crap come from ?

    That BG posted it, is probaly an accident. I wasted my time reading it; that a catastrophy.

    Bit more selective, eh

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Tzunami's ? Earthquakes ? etc
    Where does this crap come from ?

    That BG posted it, is probaly an accident. I wasted my time reading it; that a catastrophy.

    Bit more selective, eh
    Extremely culturally-centric. Expected and not to be taken seriously.

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