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.
1971 Wreck at Deschutes
__ "On the evening of July 16, 1971, unknown persons
released the brakes of four box cars loaded with moulding in the rail yard
in Bend, Oregon. The cars rolled out of the yard onto the mainline,..." -
From waymarking.com -
Tornado __ "The 1972 Portland-Vancouver Tornado was a destructive tornado
that struck on April 5, 1972. The tornado carved a nine mile path of
destruction across Oregon and Washington. The tornado left 6 people dead,
300 injured and $3-5 million dollars (1972 USD) in damage." An encyclopedic
article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia -
Astoria, OR Fire, Dec 1922
__ "The business district of Astoria, the oldest city in Oregon is in ruins,
hundreds of persons are homeless and property loss estimated around
$15,000,00 has been caused by a fire which earlier today broke out in a
restaurant..." Original news articles and links to additional resources. -
From gendisasters.com -
Biscuit Fire __ "The
Biscuit Fire was a wildfire that took place in 2002 that burned nearly
500,000 acres (2,000 km˛) in the Siskiyou National Forest in the states of
Oregon and California. It was named for Biscuit Creek in southern Oregon."
An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - illustrated - From
Canemah, OR Steamer
Gazelle Explosion, Apr 1854 __ "The Wallamette Fall Co.'s new steamer
“Gazelle” left her wharf this morning at 6 ˝ o'clock, and had just landed at
Canemah at 15 minutes before seven, when a terrible explosion of her boilers
blew her into atoms, killing twenty persons and wounding many others."
Original news articles and links to additional resources. - From
Earthquakes in Oregon
State __ "There are numerous fault zones in Oregon. A graphical
representation is available from the University of Oregon. The information
below about earthquake hazards in Oregon is exerpted from an FAQ by the
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries." - From crew.org -
FEMA: Oregon State
Disaster History __ Oregon 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 -
The Sinking of the Czarina
__ "Oregon could tell no sadder story nor claim no greater shame, then that
which befell so tragically upon her history, January 12th, of nineteen
hundred and ten. The story of the ill fated Czarina, is one of no heroes and
one of no glory. It echo's the fragility of man, and weeps to the streams of
the sea. In measure of life's darkest hour, she still weighs upon the
mariners heart like an anchor to the wind." A good report with investigation
findings. - illustrated - From gesswhoto.com -