The 1913 massacre (usually referred to as the Italian Hall Disaster) refers to the tragedy in which seventy-three men, women and children were crushed to death on December 24, 1913 in Calumet, Michigan. ...more on Wikipedia about "1913 massacre"
The Argonaut Mine is a gold mine in Jackson, California. It was discovered in 1850 and was the site of the worst gold-mining disaster in the state's history. The mine closed in 1942 and along with the nearby Kennedy Mine, is registered as California Historical Landmark #786. ...more on Wikipedia about "Argonaut Mine"
The Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster, also called the "Ashtabula Horror", was the worst train disaster in American history when it occurred in Ohio on 29 December 1876 at 7:28 p.m. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster"
The Dust Bowl, also known as the "Dirty Thirties", was a series of dust storms in the central United States, caused by a massive drought and decades of inappropriate farming techniques. Beginning in 1930 and lasting until 1941, this ecological disaster caused an exodus from the Oklahoma Panhandle region and also the surrounding Great Plains in which around 300,000 to 400,000 Americans were displaced. ** Topsoil across millions of acres was blown away because the indigenous sod had been broken for wheat farming and the vast herds of buffalo were no longer fertilizing the rest of the native grasses. ...more on Wikipedia about "Dust Bowl"
The Exxon Valdez oil spill was the most devastating domestic oil spill in the United States. Its remote location (accessible only by helicopter and boat) made government and industry response efforts difficult and tested existing plans for dealing with such an event. The region is a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals, and sea birds. ...more on Wikipedia about "Exxon Valdez oil spill"
The Fraterville Mine disaster was a famous mining disaster in the United States. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fraterville Mine disaster"
The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying several square miles in Chicago, Illinois. Though the fire was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the nineteenth century, the rebuilding that began almost immediately spurred Chicago's development into one of the United States's most populous and economically important cities. ...more on Wikipedia about "Great Chicago Fire"
The Great Fire (also known as the Big Blowup and the Big Burn) of 1910 was a forest fire which burned about three million acres (12,000 km²) in northeast Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana over two days ( August 20 and 21) and killed 86 people. ...more on Wikipedia about "Great Fire of 1910"
The Great Flood of 1993 was a huge, costly, and devastating flood that occurred in the American Midwest from April to October of 1993. It was the worst such U.S. disaster since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, as measured by duration, square miles inundated, persons displaced, crop and property damage, and number of record river levels. In some categories, it surpassed even the 1927 flood. ...more on Wikipedia about "Great Flood of 1993"
Hurricane Andrew was one of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the United States. It raged from August 16 to August 28 during the 1992 Atlantic hurricane season, impacting the northwestern Bahamas, southern Florida in the greater Miami area, and south-central Louisiana. Andrew caused $45 billion (2005 US dollars) in damages (mostly in south Florida) and is the second most expensive hurricane in history (behind Katrina of the 2005 season). ...more on Wikipedia about "Hurricane Andrew"
Hurricane Katrina was the eleventh-named tropical storm, fourth hurricane, third major hurricane, and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the third most powerful storm of the season, and the sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. Katrina formed over the Bahamas in late August, and crossed southern Florida at Category 1 intensity before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened considerably before making its second landfall as an extremely large Category 3 storm on the morning of August 29 along the Central Gulf Coast near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hurricane Katrina"
Hurricane Rita was the seventeenth named tropical storm, ninth hurricane, fifth major hurricane, and second Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the second-most powerful hurricane of the season (behind Hurricane Wilma) and the fourth most intense hurricane ever in the Atlantic Basin. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hurricane Rita"
The Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse was a major disaster that occurred on July 17, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hyatt Regency walkway collapse"
The Johnstown Flood disaster (or Great Flood of 1889 as it became known locally) occurred on May 31, 1889. It was the result of several days of extremely heavy rainfall, greatly exacerbated by the failure of the South Fork Dam situated 14 miles (23 km) upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which unleashed a torrent of 20 million gallons (~76 000 000 L) of additional water. Over 2,200 people were killed, and there was $17 million ( USD) in damage. It was the first major disaster relief effort handled by the new American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton. Support for victims came from all over the United States and 18 foreign countries. It remains one of the greatest disasters in U.S. history. ...more on Wikipedia about "Johnstown Flood"
The Knox Mine Disaster was a mining accident that took place near the village of Port Griffith in Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania, near Pittston, on January 22, 1959. ...more on Wikipedia about "Knox Mine Disaster"
The Old Fire was a wildfire that started on October 25, 2003 in the San Bernardino Mountains of the U.S. state of California. It was one of at least a dozen wildfires burning around Southern California at this time (which included the Cedar Fire, the largest fire in California history). Fanned by the Santa Ana Winds, the fire burned 91,281 acres (369.4 km2), destroyed 993 homes and caused 6 deaths. The final cost of the fire was $42 million dollars. ...more on Wikipedia about "Old Fire"
The Red River Flood of 1997 was a major flood that occurred in April and May 1997, along the Red River of the North in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba. It was the most severe flood of the river since 1826. ...more on Wikipedia about "Red River Flood, 1997"
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a mile-long (1600 meter) suspension bridge with a main span of 2800 foot (850 m) (the third- largest in the world when it was first built) that carries Washington State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows of Puget Sound from Tacoma to Gig Harbor, Washington. The first version of the bridge, nicknamed "Galloping Gertie," was designed by Clark Eldridge and altered by Leon Moisseiff. It became famous for a dramatic filmed structural collapse in 1940. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tacoma Narrows Bridge"
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