American Disasters - Great South Carolina 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 __ "The hurricane passed north over South Carolina on August 28 and moved up the U.S. East Coast before becoming extratropical over Atlantic Canada." An encyclopedic article - From wikipedia -

2007 Blue Angels South Carolina crash __ "The 2007 Blue Angels South Carolina crash occurred on April 21, 2007 when the Number 6 US Navy Blue Angels' jet crashed during the final minutes of an air show at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in Beaufort, South Carolina." an encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia - 

Camden, SC Flood, Aug 1908 __ "Five Perished When Steel Bridge at Camden Was Destroyed - Flood is Most Damaging in History of the State." An overview with links to additional resources. - From -


Category:South Carolina hurricanes __ A directory of wikipedia articles about hurricanes that effected South Carolina. - From wikipedia -

Category:South Carolina tornadoes __ A directory of wikipedia articles about tornadoes that effected South Carolina. - From wikipedia -
Charleston earthquake __ "It occurred at 9:50 p.m. on August 31, 1886, and lasted just under a minute. The earthquake caused severe damage in Charleston, South Carolina, damaging 2,000 buildings and causing $6 million worth in damages, while in the whole city the buildings were only valued at approximately $24 million." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -


Charleston, SC Earthquake, Aug 1886 __ "The Charleston Earthquake of 1886 was the largest quake to hit the Southeastern United States. It occurred at 9:50 p.m. on August 31, 1886, and lasted just under a minute." an overview plus links to additional resources. - From -

Columbia, SC Tornado May 1875 __ "The steeple of the Presbyterian Church was demolished, and the roof of the market blown off. Although hundreds were in the neighborhood, no one was seriously hurt." An overview with links to additional resources. - From -

FEMA: South Carolina State Disaster History __ South Carolina 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 -

Graniteville train disaster __ "The collision derailed both locomotives and 16 of train 192's 42 freight cars, as well as the locomotive and one of P22's two freight cars; one of 192's tank cars loaded with chlorine ruptured, which resulted in the release of at least 90 tons of the gas into the environment." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia - 

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


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


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