American Disasters - Great New Jersey 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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1896 Atlantic City rail crash __ "The 1896 Atlantic City rail crash occurred shortly after 6:30 pm on July 30, 1896 at a crossing just west of Atlantic City, New Jersey, crushing five loaded passenger coaches, killing 50 and seriously injuring approximately 60." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -

FEMA: New Jersey State Disaster History __ New Jersey 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 -

Fires in New Jersey __ An index page for fires in New Jersey articles in wikipedia. - From wikipedia - 

Hindenburg disaster __ "LZ 129 Hindenburg was a German zeppelin. Along with its sister-ship LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II, it was the largest aircraft ever built. During its second year of service, it was destroyed by a fire while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, USA, on May 6, 1937." an encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -
The Hindenburg Disaster - Titanic of the Sky __ "Lakehurst/New Jersey, May 6th 1937, 7 pm: The "Hindenburg" has come all the way from Europe - a luxurious flying hotel, faster than any ship. The pride of the Third Reich prepares to land, and hundreds of onlookers have gathered to watch." A great presentation with video and slideshow. - illustrated - From - 

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

Martins Creek, NJ Train Wreck, Apr 1911 __ "A train carrying 169 school teachers, friends, and relatives, bound from Utica, Syracuse, and Waterville, N. Y., to Washington, was hurled down a forty-foot embankment at Martin's Creek, N. J., nine miles north of this place, about 3 o'clock this afternoon. Two persons dead, eight persons are missing, and more than fifty were maimed,..." You will find original news articles and links to related material. - From Linda Horton/ -,-nj-train-wreck,-apr-1911

Morris Plains, NJ State Hospital for the Insane Fire, May 1902 __ "A fire at the New Jersey state hospital for the insane at Morris Plains cause wild excitement among the 2,500 patients." You will find original news stories and links to related material. - From Stu Beitler/ -,-nj-state-hospital-insane-fire,-may-1902

New Jersey Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of earthquakes in New Jersey. - From -

New Jersey Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and ... __ New Jersey Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: New Jersey floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, ..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From -

New Jersey hurricanes __ An index of articles about New Jersey hurricanes found in wikipedia. - From wikipedia -

New Jersey Tornadoes __ New Jersey tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by County. - From -

T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion __ You will find an encyclopedic article. "The T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion, sometimes called the Morgan Depot Explosion, occurred at 7:30 p.m. on October 4, 1918 at an ammunition plant operated by the T.A. Gillespie Company and located in the Morgan area of Sayreville in Middlesex County, New Jersey." - illustrated - From wikipedia -

The Trestle at Woodbridge __ Original Time Magazine coverage of the wreck of the Broker, Woodbridge, New Jersey. There were 84 dead when the article was written. - From Time Magazine -,9171,814288,00.html


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