American Disasters - Great Georgia Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

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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 may 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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1893 Sea Islands Hurricane __ "On August 27, 1893 a major hurricane which came to be known as the Sea Islands Hurricane struck the United States near Savannah, Georgia. It was one of two deadly hurricanes during the 1893 Atlantic hurricane season;..." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

1959 Meldrim Trestle Disaster - Meldrim, Georgia __ Twenty-three people were killed on June 28, 1959, when a Seaboard Air Line Freight train plunged off a trestle and into a river. - illustrated - From -

Chattahoochee, GA Train Wreck, Nov 1911 __ "Three persons were killed and four injured when fast mail train No. 15, on the Southern railway, running from Cincinnati to Jacksonville, Fla., was wrecked at Chattahoochie [sic], near here, about midnight. The train was going at a high rate of speed when it struck a broken rail in a deep cut. The dead..." You will find original news accounts and more. - From -

Drought | Natural Disasters | CAES | UGA __ "If Georgia doesn't receive adequate rainfall over the next three to four months, drought conditions in summer and fall next year will likely be worse than those in 2007." An overview of the Georgia drought. - From University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences -

FEMA: Georgia State Disaster History __ Georgia 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 -

Gainesville, GA Tornado, Apr 1936 __ "More than 225 are known dead, one thousand injured and hundreds homeless were listed today in the toll of tornadoes and storm - bred fires which terrorized communities in half a dozen Southern states." You will find original news accounts and more. - From Linda Houston/ -

Georgia Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "...a 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 news accounts of Georgia disasters. - From -

Georgia Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Georgia earthquakes. - From - 

Georgia hurricanes __ You will find an index of wikipedia articles about Georgia hurricanes. - From wikipedia -

Georgia tornadoes __ You will find an index of wikipedia articles about Georgia tornadoes. - From wikipedia -

Georgia Tornadoes __ Georgia tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by county. - From -

Great Atlanta fire of 1917 __ "The Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 began just after noon on Monday, May 21 and was finally extinguished by 10 PM. Destroyed were 300 acres (much of the Fourth Ward), including nearly 2,000 homes, businesses and churches, and 10,000 people were displaced." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia - 

Historic Disasters: Georgia Disasters  __ You will find a list of Georgia disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

Kelly Barnes Dam __ "On Sunday, November 6, 1977, at approximately 1:30 am, the Kelly Barnes Dam failed resulting in 39 fatalities and a major clean up effort." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Sea Islands" Hurricane - August 27-28, 1893 __ "It is estimated that the "Great Storm of 1893" that struck the southern South Carolina and northern Georgia coast was at least a Category 4 storm, but there is no way of knowing, since measures of hurricane intensity weren't measured for storms before 1900. The storm killed an estimated 1,000 - 2,000 people,..." - illustrated - From -

Some facts on Georgia Tornadoes __ An overview of Georgia tornadoes with charts. - From - 

Southern DC-9 Crashes Near New Hope, Georgia __ "At 4:19 pm on April 4, 1977, a Southern Airways DC-9 operating as Flight 242, crashed in New Hope, Georgia. Of the 85 persons aboard Flight 242, 62 were killed, 22 were seriously injured, and 1 was slightly injured. Eight persons on the ground were killed and one person was seriously injured; one person died about 1 month later." an overview. - From -

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 -


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