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.
Coal Glenn, NC Coal Mining Catastrophe, May 1925 __ "The fate of three score
or more miners entombed this morning by an explosion below the 1,000 foot
lateral of the Carolina Coal company mine, near here, was undetermined
tonight, although rescuers had succeeded in bringing in the surface six
bodies and it was feared most of the others had perished." You will find
original news articles and links to additional resources. - From Stu Beitler/gendisasters.com
Disaster Information __ "In recent years hurricanes, tornados, and other
natural disasters have inflicted enormous suffering and property damage
across many parts of North Carolina. The State Historic Preservation Office
offers the following information sheets to assist historic property owners
in recovering from a natural disaster." Several click-to-read articles. -
From state.nc.us -
FEMA: North Carolina State Disaster History __ North 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 -
Greensboro, North Carolina tornado __ "On the evening of April 2, 1936, the
Greensboro tornado left a long path of F4 damage across the southwest and
south side of Greensboro, passing through the south side of downtown. The
storm began its path near High Point Road at Elam Street and continued east
along Lee Street to east of Bennett College. This storm left $2 million in
damage in Greensboro (1936 USD). It was responsible for 14 deaths and 144
injuries,..." An encyclopedic article with links to additional resources. -
From wikipedia -
Lumberton, NC Train Wreck, Dec 1943 __ "The toll of dead in the Southeast's
worst railroad disaster mounted to 79 today, including 47 soldiers, as more
bodies were located in four telescoped passenger, cars that still blocked
the Atlantic Coast Line's double-track mainline from New York to Florida."
Original news accounts and additional resources. - From gendisasters.com -
NC Cooperative Extension: Disaster Information Center
__ Learn about disaster how you can prepare for natural disaster in North
Carolina and what to do after one too. - From ncsu.edu -
North Carolina Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions ... __
North Carolina Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: North
Carolina floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents,
explosions, more. Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated -
From gendisasters.com -
Super Outbreak __ "The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on
record. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in
13 US states and one Canadian province: Ontario, Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North
Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and New York." An encyclopedic article. -
illustrated - From wikipedia -