American Disasters - Great Idaho 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 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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FEMA: Idaho State Disaster History __ Idaho 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 - 

Hailey, ID Mine Snowslide, Feb 1917 __ "Fifteen men were killed and 15 injured when a giant snowslide destroyed the bunkhouse, compressor houes [sic] and warehouse of the North Star mine, 12 miles northeast of Hailey, Idaho, at 3:30 o'clock Sunday morning." Original news accounts and more. - From Linda Houston -  

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

Idaho 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 Idaho disasters. - From -

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

Idaho Earthquake Information __ "The purpose of Idaho Earthquake Information is to monitor, analyze, and report seismic events in Idaho and the surrounding region so that Idaho's seismic hazards may be better understood. The Idaho Geological Survey maintains continuing partnerships with the United States Geological Survey, the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, and regional seismic networks." Detailed quake information. - From -

Idaho Tornadoes __ All known Idaho tornadoes from 1880 to 2000, listed by county. - From -

Responding to Idaho Disasters __ Information from UI Cooperative Extension System relating to disasters in Idaho, preparation and response. - From -

SL-1 __ "The SL-1, or Stationary Low-Power Reactor Number One, was a United States Army experimental nuclear power reactor which underwent a steam explosion and meltdown in January 1961, killing its three operators." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Teton Dam __ "The collapse of the dam resulted in the death of 11 people... and 13,000 head of cattle." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -


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