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Section: Fires


:Web Link: The Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire
Web Link: Coconut Grove Fire
Web Link: Coconut Grove Fire Photo Gallery
Web Link: Two Deadly Fires: Firenuggets
Web Link: The Great Chicago Fire
Web Link: Iroquois Theater Fire
Web Link: The Iroquois Theater Disaster
Web Link: Clerk of the Circuit Court: Records and Archives of the Iroquois Theater Fire
Web Link: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904
Web Link: The Fire Museum: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904
Web Link: The Baltimore Fire of 1904
Web Link: Firestorms of 1871 : The Great Peshtigo Fiore of 1871
Web Link: Pittsburg in Ruins 1845 The Great Fire
Web Link: Richmond, Virginia Theater Fire 1811
Web Link: The New London School Disaster 1937
Web Link: Our Lady of the Angels (OLA) School Fire, December 1, 1958
Web Link: The Strange Tragedy of the Morro Castle
Web Link: Off Asbury Park, N.J. The S.S. Morro Castle Disaster, Sept 1934
Web Link: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus Fire in Hartford, Conn. July 6, 1944
Web Link: Effingham, Il St. Anthony's Hospital Fire, Apr 1949
Web Link: Nov. 21, 1980, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, 84 dead
Web Link: Wincecoff Hotel-Atlanta, Georgia December 7, 1946
Web Link: The Great Winecoff.Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia Fire
Web Link: Prisoners left to burn in Ohio fire 1930
Web Link: Firestorms of 1871 : The Great Peshtigo Fiore of 1871
Web Link: Snohomish County Fire District 26: History Information


Section: Earthquakes


Web Link: San Francisco, California Earthquakes 1789-1879
Web Link: San Francisco, California Earthquakes  1880-1914
Web Link: San Francisco, California Earthquakes  1950-1989
Web Link: The Long Beach, California Earthquake of 1933
Web Link: A Compilation of Many Contemporary Newspaper accounts (1811-1812)
Web Link: The 1886 Charleston, South Carolina Earthquake Photos
Web Link: The Great 1857 "Fort Tejon" Earthquake: Shake, Rattle, and Roll!
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Web Link: The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Web Link: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
Web Link: The Great 1906 Earthquake and Fires of San Francisco, California
 
 

                                     Before the San Francisco Earthquake 1905

 
                           
 
                                                    After the San Francisco Earthquake 1906
                          
 


Section Explosions


Web Link: The Texas City Disaster: 1947
Web Link Chicago, IL Chinese Restaurant Explosion, May 1925
Web Link: Mining Disaster 1907 Monongah, West Virginia
Web Link: Chippewa Falls, WI Gas Tank Explosion, Jun 1907
Web Link: Chicago, IL Laundry Boiler Explosion, Mar 1901
Web Link: Evanston, IL Northwestern Gas Light Co. Explosion, Jan 1893
Web Link: Crescent City, IL Exploding Tank Cars, June 1970
Web Link: Moweaqua, IL Saw Mill Boiler Explosion, Jan 1888
Web Link: Waukegan, IL Sukes Automotive Railway Equipment Co Explosion, Jul 1923
Web Link: Peoria, IL Distillery Explosion, July 1935


Section Droughts


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Section Floods


Web Link 1886 Xenia Flood
Web Link Derby, CT Flood, Sept 1882
Web Link Hot Springs, AR flood, Jun 1871
Web Link Omaha, NE Area Tornado, Storms and Flooding, June 1935
Web Link Elba, AL Flood, Mar 1929
Web Link Toccoa, GA Dam Failure and Flood, Nov 1977
Web Link Columbus, GA Flood, Feb 1900


Section: Hurricanes


Web Link: Galveston Hurricane of 1900
Web Link: Why the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 Was Not A Disaster
Web Link: The 1900 Storm in Pictures


Section: Train Wrecks


Web Link: St. Louis, MO Circus Train Wrecks, Animals Escape, Nov 1887
Web Link: Castle Rock, CO Train Wreck, Aug 1908
Web Link: Hortons, PA Train Wreck, Aug 1902
Web Link: Brooklyn Transit Train Tunnel Accident 1918
Web Link: Long Island Worst Railroad Train Crash 1950
Web Link Brooklyn Train Wreck 1897
Web Link Ashley Falls, MA Train Wreck, Aug 1910
Web Link Chester, MA Train Wreck, Sept 1893
Web Link Fitchburg, MA Train Wreck, Nov 1912
Web Link Clayton, KS Train Plunges Into Washout, Sept 1910


Section: Snow Storms, Ice Storms and Extreme Cold Weather


Web Link Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death: The Year There Was No Summer 1816


Special Mention:

New York State



Sub Section Fires


Article Mr. Grim's Account of the Great Fire 1776
Article The Great Fire of 1776 in NYC                                                Posted 12/21/07
Article Mr. Grim's Account of the Great Fire, August 3, 1778.
Article The Great Fires In Lower Wall Street and Vicinity 1804          Posted 4/5/07
Web Link: The Great Fire of 1835 In New York City Part I
Web Link: The Great Fire of 1835 In New York City Part II
Web Link: The Great Fire of 1835 In New York City Part III
Web Link: The Great Fire of 1835 In New York City Part IV
Web Link: The Happy Land Fire: Bronx
Web Link: A River of Tears: Happy Land
Web Link: The General Slocum Disaster: NYC June 15, 1904
Web Link: General Slocum: images
Web Link: General Slocum Disaster: Forgotten New York
Web Link: The General Slocum Part I
Web Link: The General Slocum Part II
Web Link: Buffalo, NY Masten Park High School Fire 1912
Web Link: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: Leap for Life, Leap of Death
Web Link: The Triangle shirtwaist Fire
Web Link: Fire Poetry on the Triangle Shirtwaist company Fire of March 25, 1911
Web Link: The Jewish Daily Forward Reports The Triangle Tragedy
Web Link: Minute By Minute: The World's Account of the Triangle Fire
Web Link: The Narrative of the Triangle Factory Fire by Cornell University  (list of victims included)
Web Link White Plains, NY Stouffer's Hotel Fire, Dec 1980


Sub Section Earthquakes


Web Link: Frightening Earthquake Hits New England November 18, 1755
Web Link: New York Earthquake History
Web Link: Between Massena, New York and Cornwall, Ontario, Canada 1944


Sub Section Thunderstorms, Hail, Lightning, Floods and Tornadoes
Article: Bolt Hits Bathers; 5 Killed, 8 Burned 1905
Article: Fierce Tropical Simoon Sweeps Over The City 1898
Article: The Thaw and the Flood 1857                                          Posted 10/23/08
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Web Link: Devastating Thunderstorm Hits NYC 1910
Web Link: Where Does Hail Come From?
Web Link: Tornado Survival Tips
Web Link: The Most Destructive Twister on Record March 18, 1925
Web Link: Great Flood and Cyclone Disasters in New York State 1913
Web Link: Troy, NY Storm & Drownings August 30, 1871
Web Link: Amsterdam, NY Flooding Disaster, Feb 1842
Web Link: Salmanca, NY Flood, Jun 1889
Web Link: New York Flood, Dec 1901
Web Link: Whitehall, NY Area Storm and Flood, Oct 1869


Sub Section Snow Storms/Ice storms and Blizzards
Article: A Wintry Rain: River of Water and Sheets of Ice  1873
Article: The Season Of Snows 1871
Article: Snow Storm 1867
Article: South Sends A Blizzard: Greater New York Ice Bound 1899
Article: The Snow Storm: Its Effects 1867                   Posted 8/23/08
Article: A March Snow-Storm 1880                             Posted 1/06/09
Web Link: Storms: The Blizzard of 1888 NYC
Web Link: Notable Snowstorms and Blizzards
Web Link: Worst April Snow Storm On Record 1901
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Web Link: The Blizzard of 1948 Yorktown, New York
Web Link: The Record Snowstorm at NYC 2/12/2006, an already forgotten storm to remember
Web Link: 8 Days, 10 Feet and the Snow Isn't Done Yet
Web Link: Western New York Major Snowstorm October 12-13, 2006 (Summary)
Web Link: New York, NY Christmas Blizzard, Dec 1909
Web Link: Niagara Falls, NY Icicle Crushes Trolley, Mar 1907


Sub Section Hurricanes
Article: Hurricane Sweeps The Coast: 1896
Web Link: NYC Hazards: Coastal Storms & Hurricanes
Web Link: Long Island Hurricane History
Web Link: The Great Hurricane of 1938


Sub Section Train Wrecks
Web Link: Buffalo, NY Lake Shore Train Wreck, Mar 1890
Web Link: Bitterly Cold day in 1934 Causes Train Wreck in Upstate New York
Web Link: The East Aurora Rail Disaster: Into The Pit  1893
Web Link: Albany, NY Train Collision, Sept 1858
Web Link: Buffalo, NY Lake Shore Train Wreck, Mar 1890
Web Link: Clyde, NY Fatal Railroad Accident, Aug 1886
Web Link: Dykemans Station, NY Train Wreck, Aug 1893
Web Link: Erie, NY Train Wreck, Aug 1853
Web Link: East Rochester, NY Train Wreck, Jul 1905
Web Link: Ingells Crossing, NY Train Wreck, Sept 1898
Web Link: Manchester, NY Train Wreck, Aug 1911


Sub Section Airplane Crashes
Web Link: TWA Flight 800
Web Link: New York City, NY Plane Crashes At Idlewild, Oct 1953
Web Link: Mineola, Long Island, NY Martin Bomber Crashes, Sep 1922
Web Link: New York City, NY Plane Crashes On Rikers Island, Feb 1957
Web Link: Livingston Manor, NY Plane Crashes On Mountain, June 1934
Web Link: New York City, NY Airliner Crashes On Takeoff, Sep 1970
Web Link: New York City, NY Plane Crash, Nov 1945


Sub Section Ship Wrecks
Web Link: Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, NY Barge Disaster in Storm, Aug 1891
Web Link: Kingston, NY Schooners M J Leonard and George Hurst Wreck, Sept 1894
Web Link: Long Island, NY Schooner Louise Randall Wreck, Nov 1893
Web Link: Yonkers, NY Steamer Henry Clay Disaster, Aug 1852
Web Link: Long Point Lake Erie, NY Steamer IDAHO Wreck, Nov 1897
Web Link: New York, NY Steamboat Seawanhaka Disaster, Jun 1880
Web Link: Staten Island, NY Freighter Neches Sinks, Aug 1930
Web Link: Newburgh, NY Steamer Empire and Schooner Noah Brown Wreck, May 1849
Web Link: Manhattan, NY Steamship Horatio Hall Wreck, Nov 1902

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