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List of Natural and Man-Made Disasters

A list of natural and man-made disasters of the last several hundred years listed by date, type, location, and destruction or loss.

Other Disasters: Natural and Man-Made

YEAR KIND OR TYPE PLACE LOSS

79 AD Fire Rome, Italy 3/4 of city burned.

526 Earthquake Antioch, Syria 250,000 dead.

740-744 Bubonic Plague Constantinople, Turkey 200,000 dead.

1228 Flood Friesland, Holland 100,000 dead.

1290 Earthquake Chihli, China 100,000 dead.

1545 Typhus Cuba 250,000 dead.

1556 Earthquake Shensi Province, China 800,000 dead.

1642 Flood Central China 300,000 dead.

1672 Bubonic Plague Naples, Italy 400,000 dead.

1711 Bubonic Plague Germany & Austria 500,000 dead.

1737 Cyclone Calcutta, India 300,000 dead.

1792 Bubonic Plague Egypt 800,000 dead.

1831 Marine Europe 900,000 dead.

1826-1837 Cholera New Jersey Lady Sherbrooke sank. 283 dead.

1834 Fire London, England Houses of Parliament burned.

1850 Marine Margate, England Royal Adelaide wrecked. 400 dead.

1855 Mine Virginia Coal mine exploded. 55 dead.

1856 Rail Philadelphia, Pa. Train wrecked. 66 dead.

1859 Marine Irish Sea Royal Charter wrecked. 450 dead.

1863-1875 Cholera World 230,000 dead.

1865 Marine Memphis, Tenn. Sultana exploded. 1,400 dead.

1866 Fire Quebec, Canada 2,500 buildings destroyed.

1876 Cyclone Bakargani, India 200,000 dead.

1877 Fire St. John, New Brunswick, Canada 100 dead. $12,500,000 damages.

1878 Marine The Thames, London, England Princess Alice. 700 dead.

1881 Fire Vienna, Austria Ring Theatre. 600 dead.

1881 Typhoon Indo-China 300,000 dead.

1883 Earthquake Ischia, Italy 2,000 dead.

1884 Tornado Central U.S. 800 dead.

1884 Mine Colorado Coal mine exploded. 59 dead.

1887 Fire Paris, France Opera Comique burned. 200 dead.

1887-1888 Flood Honan, China One million to 7 million dead.

1888 Blizzard Eastern Seaboard, U.S. 400 dead.

1888 Rail Pennsylvania 50 dead.

1891 Marine Gibraltar Utopia sank. 574 dead.

1891 Rail Basel, Switzerland Collision. 100 dead.

1894 Forest Fire Hinckley, Minn. 160,000 acres burned.

1898-1908 Bubonic Plague China & India 3 million dead.

1900 Fire Hoboken, N.J. 300 dead. $4,500,000 damages.

1904 Marine New York, N.Y. General Slocum burned. 1,000 dead.

1907 Mine Jacobs Creek, Pa. Mine exploded. 239 dead.

1908 Earthquake Sicily, Italy 100,000 dead.

1909 Hurricane Louisiana & Mississippi 350 dead.

1909-1918 Bubonic Plague China & India 1,335,000 dead.

1911 Flood China 100,000 dead.

1911 Fire New York, N.Y. Triangle shirtwaist factory. 145 dead.

1913 Tornado Omaha, Nebr. 100 dead.

1914 Marine St. Lawrence River, Canada Pacific Empress sank. 1,024 dead.

1915 Typhus Serbia 150,000 dead.

1915 Marine Chicago River, III. Excursion boat Eastland capsized. 900 dead.

1917 Marine Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada S.S. Mont Blanc collided with Belgian ship. Explosion started fire that burned one sq. mi. 1,400 dead.

1917-1921 Typhus Russia 2,500,000 dead.

1920 Bubonic Plague India 2 million dead.

1921 Cholera India 500,000 dead.

1921 Marine S. China Sea Hong Kong wrecked. 1,000 dead.

1924 Cholera India 300,000 dead.

1926-1930 Smallpox India 423,000 dead.

1927 Mine Everettville, W.Va. Coal mine exploded. 97 dead.

1928 Flood S. Florida 1,836 dead.

1930 Fire Columbus, O. Penitentiary burned. 317 dead.

1932 Earthquake Kansu, China 70,000 dead.

1933 Earthquake Long Beach, Calif. 115 dead.

1934 Fire Hakodate, Japan Fire destroyed city. 1,500 dead.

1939 Earthquake Anatolia, Turkey 30,000 dead.

1942 Cyclone Bengal, India 40,000 dead.

1942 Mine Manchuria Mine exploded. 1,549 dead.

1944 Earthquake San Juan, Argentina 5,000 dead.

1947 Typhoon Honshu, Japan 2,000 dead.

1947 Marine Texas City, Tex. S.S. Grandcamp exploded. Burned city. 561 dead. $67 million damages.

1948 Earthquake Fukui, Japan 5,000 dead.

1949 Earthquake Ecuador 6,000 dead.

1950 Earthquake Assam, India 1,500 dead.

1951 Aircraft Colorado DC-6 crashed. 50 dead.

1952 Earthquake Southern California 14 dead.

1953 Earthquake Iran 1,000 dead.

1955 Rail Guadalajara, Mexico Train derailed into canyon. 300 dead.

1958 Aircraft Kanash, U.S.S.R. TU-104 crashed. 65 dead.

1962 Aircraft W. Pacific Ocean Flying Tiger Constellation disappeared. 109 lost.

1962 Avalanche Peru, South America 3,000 dead.

1965 Tornado Midwest, U.S. 272 dead.

1965 Aircraft Cairo, Egypt Pakistan 707 crashed. 119 dead.

1967 Missile Cape Kennedy, Fla. Apollo 1 Spacecraft burned on pad. 3 astronauts killed.

1970 Rail Buenos Aires, Argentina Collision. 235 dead.

1971 Earthquake Los Angeles, Calif. 64 dead.

1972 Aircraft Palermo, Italy DC-3 crashed. 115 dead.

1972 Rail Saltillo, Mexico Passenger train jumped tracks. 110 dead.

1972 Earthquake Iran 5,000 dead.

1972 Flood Rapid City, S. Dak. 225 dead.

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