American Disasters - Great Alaska Disasters
Reviewed Resources for Students and Teachers
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 gendisasters.com, 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.
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 super70s.com -
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 gendisasters.com - http://www.gendisasters.com/ak/
Alaska Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Alaska earthquakes. - From usgs.gov - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states.php?region=alaska
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 seagrant.uaf.edu - http://seagrant.uaf.edu/features/earthquake/hazards2.html
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 eoearth.org - http://www.eoearth.org/article/Exxon_Valdez_oil_spill
Historic Disasters: Alaska Disasters __ Alaska plane crashes, ship wrecks, accidents and other disasters - From olddisasters.blogspot.com - http://olddisasters.blogspot.com/2007/12/alaska-disasters.html
Natural disasters in Alaska __ An index of wikipedia articles about Alaska natural disasters. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Natural_disasters_in_Alaska
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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Airlines_Flight_4422
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