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Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 11 DVD

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
Watch as a San Francisco mansion is swallowed by a sinkhole and explore the human causes of one of China's deadliest "natural" disasters.
  • Scientists detail the impact of the invisible killer that was once a staple of the construction industry.
  • See photos of the aftermath of floods that killed nearly 150,000 people.
  • Experts examine the impact of high-profile disasters.


Successes are impressive, but failures often contribute more to our knowledge. Nowhere is this more evident than in engineering, where a simple miscalculation can prove disastrous, and it is almost impossible to hide the consequences.

MODERN MARVELS® returns to this sadly productive territory to examine the following five events: a deadly explosion in Cleveland that killed 128 people in 1944; the collapse of a skywalk that killed 114 people at a Kansas City dance competition; the riveting collapse of a San Francisco mansion into a massive sinkhole; the 1931 Yangtze River floods that killed 145,000 people; and the ''miracle mineral'' that turned out to be an invisible killer.

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