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.
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 may 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.
Buffalo, NY Kelker Blower Co. Explosion, Jan 1916 __ "Four persons are known
to have been killed, several are missing and four were injured in a
explosion late today that wrecked the plant of the Kelker Blower company,
manufacturers of planing mill exhausts and ventilators, on Harrison street."
You will find original news reports and links to additional resources. -
From Cheryl/gendisasters.com -
FEMA: New York State Disaster History __ New York 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 -
General Slocum Fire __ "They Were Earth's Purest Children, Young And Fair.
Proudly wearing their Sunday school best, hundreds of them together boarded
an East River excursion boat one sunny picnic morning in June 1904 and
together they perished, in a screaming horror that remains to this day the
single worst disaster New York City has ever known." A good overview. -
illustrated - From ezl.com/~fireball -
Happyland Fire __ "The Happy Land Fire was an arson fire which killed 87
people trapped in an unlicensed social club called "Happy Land" in New York
City, on March 25, 1990." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
New York, NY Ferry Boat Wreck & Fire, Aug 1910 __ "The Secaucas, of the
Lackawanna Line, Gets Beyond Control and Collides With a Pennsylvania
Railroad Boat, and Then Rams a Coal Pier-Fire Breaks Out and Adds to Alarm
of Passengers." You will find original news reports and links to additional
resources. - From Stephanie/gendisasters.com -
Super Outbreak __ "The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on
record. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in
13 US states and one Canadian province: Ontario, Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North
Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and New York." An encyclopedic article. -
illustrated - From wikipedia -
September 11 Terrorist Attacks __ "The September 11, 2001 attacks (often
referred to as 9/11) consisted of a series of coordinated suicide attacks by
al-Qaeda on that date upon the United States of America." An encyclopedic
article. - illustrated - from wikipedia -
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire __ "The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in
New York City on March 25, 1911, was the largest industrial disaster in the
history of the city of New York, causing the death of 146 garment workers
who either died from the fire or jumped to their deaths." An encyclopedic
article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire __ "At 4:45 pm the bell rang signaling that the
workday was done. The girls in the light brown and terra cotta Asch
building, on the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place in lower
Manhattan, had put in some overtime. ... As the girls were gathering their
belongings and putting on their coats someone yelled "Fire!" A good look at
what happened next. - From ezl.com/~fireball -
TWA Flight 800 __ "The flight departed JFK about 20:19, with two pilots, two
flight engineers, 14 flight attendants, and 212 passengers on board. All 230
people on board were killed, and the airplane was destroyed." An
encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -