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.
Alexandria, Virginia Fire June 3, 1897 __ "The fire extended for almost two
blocks along the river and burned most of the wharves to the water’s edge.
The Washington fire department, five miles away, was called upon for help,
..." Am overview plus links to additional information. - From gendisasters.com -
Death in the Blue Ridge __ "In a thunderstorm which delayed it for nearly
half an hour at Washington's airport, a Douglas DC-3 of Pennsylvania Central
Airlines took off one night last week for Pittsburgh. Twenty-three minutes
later, over the foothills of the Blue Ridge range near Lovettsville, Va., 36
miles west of Washington, something happened. Farmers attracted by a crash
found the plane strewn over a clearing into which it had apparently plunged
full tilt." Time magazine article. - From Time Magazine -
March 1962 "Ash Wednesday" Storm: Part 1 __ "As the water continued to pile
up along the East Coast during successive high tide cycles over the
following three days, the coastline from New Jersey to North Carolina was
battered and changed forever by the onslaught of wind and waves." A detailed
report. - illustrated - From weather.com -
Richmond, Virginia Fire March 26, 1882 __ "One of the most destructive
conflagrations which ever visited this city , and second only to that which
destroyed the business portion on its evacuation by the Confederate Army in
April 1865, ..." - An overview plus links to additional materials. - 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 -
Virginia Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more
"Virginia Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Virginia
floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions,
..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From gendisasters.com -