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 Seattle Monorail Brake
Failure - Seattle, Washington __ In 1971 an Alweg Monorail train's brakes
failed, resulting in it crashing into the steel girder at the Seattle Center
Station. Twenty-six people were injured. - illustrated - From waymarking.com
__ "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 -
1980 eruption of Mount St.
Helens __ "The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was a major volcanic
eruption. The eruption was the most significant to occur in the contiguous
48 U.S. states in recorded history..." an encyclopedic article. - From
Great Seattle Fire
__ "The Great Seattle Fire was a fire that destroyed the
entire downtown area of Seattle, Washington, on June 6, 1889." an
encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Thirtymile Fire Disaster
__ "On July 10, 2001, four U.S. Forest Service firefighters died while
battling the Thirtymile Fire in Okanogan County. Six others were injured
including two hikers. It is the second deadliest fire in Washington
history." - illustrated - From about.com -
Train disaster at
Wellington kills 96 on March ... __ "During the early morning hours of March
1, 1910, an avalanche roars down Windy Mountain near Stevens Pass in the
Cascade Mountains, taking with it two Great Northern trains and 96 victims."
An essay providing a good look at the accident. - From historylink.org -
Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and ... __ "Washington Disasters.
Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Washington floods, fires,
tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, ..." Many click
to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From gendisasters.com -
Washington State Emergency Management Division __ Disaster preparedness,
response, recover and planning information for everyone in Washington State.
- From State of Washington - http://emd.wa.gov/
Wellington, WA Avalanche
and Train Wreck, Mar 1910 __ "The passenger train which was swept to
destruction had been stalled at Wellington for the last week. As a
protective measure the train was backed into the tunnel, while provisions
for the marooned passengers were obtained from the company's stores of
supplies and from Ballet's hotel." A very interesting story which still
causes some controversy. - From Stu Beitler/gendisasters.com -
Worst coalmine disaster in
Washington history ...
__ "At 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 1892, an
explosion and fire kill 45 miners in the Northern Pacific Coal Company’s No.
1 mine at Roslyn, located in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains
in Central Washington. It will prove to be the worst coalmine disaster in
Washington state history." An essay - illustrated - From historylink.org -