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 may 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.
Boston Molasses Disaster __ "A large molasses tank burst and a wave of
molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h),
killing 21 and injuring 150." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From
Cocoanut Grove fire
__ "The Cocoanut Grove was a nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. On November
28, 1942, the fashionable nightclub burned in what remains the deadliest
nightclub fire in United States history, killing 492 people and injuring
hundreds more." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
Cocoanut Grove Nightclub fire
__ "During the early days of World War II, a major fire struck the Cocoanut
Grove nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. On the night of the fire, November
28, 1942, the club had approximately 1,000 occupants, many of whom were
people preparing to go overseas on military duty." A brief look at what
happened. - From ezl.com/~fireball -
Delta Airlines 723
__ "...on July 31, 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 723,
crashed into a seawall while executing an instrument landing system (ILS)
approach to runway 4R in heavy fog on the Logan International Airport,
Boston, There were 83 passengers, 5 crewmembers, and a cockpit observer (on
a Delta training assignment) on board the DC-9-31. All but two occupants
were killed in the crash." An overview. - From super70s.com -
FEMA: Massachusetts State Disaster History
__ Massachusetts 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 -
Great Boston Fire of 1872
__ "The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston's largest urban fire and still
one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history." An
encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Great Fire Devastates Boston
__ "...in 1872, a monstrous fire nearly destroyed Boston's business
district, ravaging the city from the Common to the waterfront." You can read
the whole story. - From massmoments.org -
Hotel Vendome Fire
__ "The Hotel Vendome Fire was the worst firefighting
tragedy in Boston history. 9 firefighters were killed when part of the
building collapsed, June 17, 1972." Very brief article listing the
firefighters. - From wikipedia -
Massachusetts Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions ...
__ "a look back at the events that touched our ancestor's lives - tornadoes,
fires, floods, hurricanes, train wrecks, mine explosions, and tragic
accidents that became a part of history and our genealogy." You will find
original news stories and more. - From gendisasters.com -
New England Hurricane of 1938
__ "It made landfall in Suffolk County on Long
Island, New York on September 21, 1938 as a strong Category 3 hurricane on
the present-day Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale with a central pressure of
946 mbar (hPa).... It then traveled across Long Island Sound into
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and
finally into Canada while still moving at an unusually high speed." An
encyclopedic article - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Snow Hurricane Hits Massachusetts: October 10, 1804
__ "...in 1804, a "snow hurricane" struck Massachusetts. The storm began
with winds so powerful that whole forests were leveled. Houses, barns,
chimneys, and church steeples came crashing down. Even when the wind
subsided, it continued to snow. As much as two feet fell in some places."
Read the whole story. - From massmoments.org -