THE BIG PICTURE: Power Accident Impacts

The history of electric power has been stained by several devastating incidents triggered by natural hazards, technological failures, malicious actions, and human error. Here POWER surveys some of the world’s most devastating or costly incidents. Colors: orange = nuclear event, blue = water event, black = coal event. Size of the “stain” indicates relative magnitude.

–Copy and artwork by Sonal Patel, Senior Writer