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.
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 will be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, 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.
Alaska Airlines 1866 __ "All 104 passengers and the seven crewmembers were
killed. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and isolated post-crash fires."
an overview. - From super70s.com -
Alaska Disasters - Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __
"Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Alaska floods, fires, Tornadoes,
hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, train wrecks, tragic
accidents ..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated -
From gendisasters.com -
Alaska Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Alaska
earthquakes. - From usgs.gov -
Capitol C2C3/26 __ "The DC-8 was destroyed in the intense ground fire which
developed subsequent to the crash. There were 219 military passengers
(including six dependents) and a crew of 10 aboard the aircraft. Forty-six
passengers and one flight attendant were killed as a result of the
post-crash fire." An overview. - From super70s.com -
Earthquake: Other geologic hazards in Alaska--Floods
__ "In eight days in
August 1967, 10 inches of rain, the amount that normally falls in one year,
fell in the lower Tanana basin near Fairbanks. Flooding along the Chena and
Tanana rivers inundated 95 percent of Fairbanks and forced 12,000 people to
be evacuated from their homes." Learn more about Alaska floods. - From seagrant.uaf.edu -
Exxon Valdez oil spill __ "The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, which occurred on
March 24, 1989, is considered one of the most devastating man-made
environmental disasters ever to occur at sea." An encyclopedic article. -
From wikipedia -
Exxon Valdez oil spill
__ "The response to the Exxon Valdez involved more
personnel and equipment over a longer period of time than did any other
spill in U.S. history. Logistical problems in providing fuel, meals,
berthing, response equipment, waste management and other resources were one
of the largest challenges to response management." You will find an
excellent look at the disaster. - illustrated - From eoearth.org -
FEMA: Alaska State Disaster History __ Alaska 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 -
Good Friday Earthquake __ "The Good Friday Earthquake (also called the Great
Alaska Earthquake) of Friday, March 27, 1964 (Good Friday, a Christian holy
day associated with a historical earthquake), 5:36 P.M. AST (03:36 3/27 UTC) had a moment magnitude of 9.2 and was an 8.4 on the Richter scale. It
was the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. and North American
history, and the third most powerful ever measured by seismograph." An
encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Historic Disasters: Alaska Disasters __ Alaska plane crashes, ship
wrecks, accidents and other disasters - From olddisasters.blogspot.com -
Natural disasters in Alaska __ An index of wikipedia articles about
Alaska natural disasters. - From wikipedia -
Northwest Airlines Flight 4422 __ "Many witnesses in the nearby town of Gulkana saw the crash, but the wreckage was lost for over 50 years.
Snowstorms quickly buried its exact location in a mountain glacier. Over the
years, various individuals lured by rumors of a secret gold cargo shipment
from China searched the mountain and came home empty-handed." an
encyclopedic article - From wikipedia -