American Disasters - Great Alaska Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

Alabama  - Alaska  - Arizona  - Arkansas  - California  - Colorado  - Connecticut  - Delaware  - Florida  - Georgia  - Hawaii  - Idaho  - Illinois  - Indiana  - Iowa  - Kansas  - Kentucky  - Louisiana  - Maine  - Maryland  - Massachusetts  - Michigan  - Minnesota  - Mississippi  - Missouri  - Montana  - Nebraska  - Nevada  - New Hampshire  - New Jersey  - New Mexico  - New York  - North Carolina  - North Dakota  - Ohio  - Oklahoma  - Oregon  - Pennsylvania  - Rhode Island  - South Carolina  - South Dakota  - Tennessee  - Texas  - Utah  - Vermont  - Virginia  - Washington - West Virginia  - Wisconsin  - Wyoming 


These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have taken place in every state.  There is also controversy over what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.  All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.

So these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.  The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.

For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on this list, but it will be included in a site such as, which is one of the resources found here.

This is an excellent place to begin your research.  The links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.  Good luck in your efforts.

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Alaska Airlines 1866 __ "All 104 passengers and the seven crewmembers were killed. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and isolated post-crash fires." an overview. - From -

Alaska Disasters - Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Alaska floods, fires, Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, train wrecks, tragic accidents ..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From -

Alaska Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Alaska earthquakes. - From -
Capitol C2C3/26 __ "The DC-8 was destroyed in the intense ground fire which developed subsequent to the crash. There were 219 military passengers (including six dependents) and a crew of 10 aboard the aircraft. Forty-six passengers and one flight attendant were killed as a result of the post-crash fire." An overview. - From -


Earthquake: Other geologic hazards in Alaska--Floods __ "In eight days in August 1967, 10 inches of rain, the amount that normally falls in one year, fell in the lower Tanana basin near Fairbanks. Flooding along the Chena and Tanana rivers inundated 95 percent of Fairbanks and forced 12,000 people to be evacuated from their homes." Learn more about Alaska floods. - From -

Exxon Valdez oil spill __ "The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, which occurred on March 24, 1989, is considered one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters ever to occur at sea." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Exxon Valdez oil spill __ "The response to the Exxon Valdez involved more personnel and equipment over a longer period of time than did any other spill in U.S. history. Logistical problems in providing fuel, meals, berthing, response equipment, waste management and other resources were one of the largest challenges to response management." You will find an excellent look at the disaster. - illustrated - From - 

FEMA: Alaska State Disaster History __ Alaska Disaster History. Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of the list to access detailed information including images and more. - illustrated - From FEMA -
Good Friday Earthquake __ "The Good Friday Earthquake (also called the Great Alaska Earthquake) of Friday, March 27, 1964 (Good Friday, a Christian holy day associated with a historical earthquake[1]), 5:36 P.M. AST (03:36 3/27 UTC) had a moment magnitude of 9.2 and was an 8.4 on the Richter scale. It was the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. and North American history, and the third most powerful ever measured by seismograph." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Historic Disasters: Alaska Disasters __ Alaska plane crashes, ship wrecks, accidents and other disasters - From -

Natural disasters in Alaska __ An index of wikipedia articles about Alaska natural disasters. - From wikipedia -

Northwest Airlines Flight 4422 __ "Many witnesses in the nearby town of Gulkana saw the crash, but the wreckage was lost for over 50 years. Snowstorms quickly buried its exact location in a mountain glacier. Over the years, various individuals lured by rumors of a secret gold cargo shipment from China searched the mountain and came home empty-handed." an encyclopedic article - From wikipedia - 


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