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.
American Airlines Flight 1572 __ "At some point during the descent, the sink
rate alarm went off immediately followed by a loud thump as the plane began
shearing off treetops along Park Mountain Ridge. It was later estimated the
plane was at 770' elevation at this point. The Captain advanced the
throttles full but the trees had been ingested into the engines causing them
to flame out and shut down." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
Bridgeport, CT Flood, Jul 1905 __ "Two men were drowned and fifty other
persons were drowned and fifty other persons were rescued early this morning
in a flood which took houses from their foundations, tore vessels from their
moorings, wrecked four bridges and did widespread damage about the city."
You will find original news accounts and more. - From Linda Horton/gendisasters.com
Connecticut Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions ...
look back at the events that touched our ancestor's lives - tornadoes,
fires, floods, hurricanes, train wrecks, mine explosions, and tragic
accidents that became a part of history and our genealogy." You will find
original newspaper accounts and more. - From gendisasters.com -
FEMA: Connecticut State Disaster History __ Connecticut 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 -
Great East Thompson Train Wreck __ "The Great East Thompson Train Wreck was
a large rail disaster which occurred in East Thompson, Connecticut, on
December 4, 1891. It happened on the New York and New England Railroad,
which provided a shortcut from New York City to Boston by making a diagonal
across Connecticut. That railroad is now abandoned, and most of its tracks
removed. It was one of the most extensive train wrecks in American history,
to date the only one to involve four trains." An encyclopedic entry. - From
Hartford Circus Fire __ "The Hartford Circus Fire, which occurred on July 6,
1944 in Hartford, Connecticut, was one of the worst fire disasters in the
history of the United States. The fire occurred during an afternoon
performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus that was
attended by approximately 7,500 to 8,700 people." An encyclopedic article. -
illustrated - From wikipedia -
New England Hurricane of 1938 __ "It made landfall in Suffolk County on Long
Island, New York on September 21, 1938 as a strong Category 3 hurricane on
the present-day Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale with a central pressure of
946 mbar (hPa).... It then traveled across Long Island Sound into
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and
finally into Canada while still moving at an unusually high speed." An
encyclopedic article - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Research Guide to The Hartford Circus Fire, July 6, 1944 __ A brief overview
of the fire and numerous resources. - From Connecticut State Library -
Wallingford, CT Tornado, Aug 1878 __ "For two or three weeks there seemed to
be more and greater thunder showers than the people of New England had ever
experienced. Wind blowing with the force of a tornado frequently accompanied
the, especially those that occurred on the eight and ninth of August."
Original news accounts. - From gendisasters.com -