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.
2003 Alabama Earthquake __ "The 2003 Alabama earthquake took
place on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 3:59 A.M. Eastern Standard Time eight
miles ESE of Fort Payne, Alabama. The number of people who felt this quake
was exceptionally high as the earthquake could be felt in 11 states across
the East Coast as far north as Southern Indiana." An encyclopedic article. -
From wikipedia -
Alabama Emergency Management Agency | Disaster Web __ General
information about disaster relief and preparedness in Alabama. Documents on
this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. A free download is available. - From alabama.gov -
Alabama Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and
more __ "Alabama Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives:
Alabama floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents,
explosions, ..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated -
From gendisasters.com -
Alabama Hurricane Center __ " Welcome to the official website
for the Alabama Hurricane Center. This website was specifically designed to
provide pertinent information to the communities and the surrounding areas
of Alabama." - From alabama.gov -
Alabama SKYWARN Foundation - Lists of Alabama Tornadoes, 1950-2003 __ "This
table lists the top 25 tornadoes ranked in order based on the number of
deaths that occurred in Alabama. Several of the tornadoes noted crossed
state lines; in those cases, the number of deaths refers to the number that
occurred in Alabama. Under "Counties Affected", the number in brackets is
the number of deaths in the other state." - From alabamaskywarn.org -
Big Bayou Canot train disaster __ "The Big Bayou Canot train
disaster of September 22, 1993 is the worst train wreck in the history of
the United States passenger railroad company Amtrak." an encyclopedic
article with links to relater material. - From wikipedia -
FEMA: Alabama State Disaster History __ Alabama 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 -
Hurricane Katrina __ "The hurricane caused severe destruction
across the entire Mississippi coast and into Alabama, as far as 100 miles
(160 km) from the storm's center." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated -
From wikipedia -
Mining Accidents, Explosions, Mine Disasters, Cave-ins __ This page begins
with a list of a dozen mine disasters in Alabama. Click on them to read the
full story. - From gendisasters.com -
Mississippi Hurricane, Aug 1860 __ "Three hurricanes hit the
southeastern coast of Louisiana in 1860. August 8-16, the first hurricane of
the season, number 1, formed in the Gulf of Mexico west of Tampa, Florida.
It headed west and after passing the mouth of the Mississippi River, it made
a large U turn, crossed the Louisiana coast near the Lafourche, St. Charles
and Plaquemines parishes, turned east along the southern shore of Lake Ponchartrain, crossed Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia then headed
out into the Atlantic Ocean. This was a category 3 hurricane." Original news
articles and links to related material. - From gendisasters.com -
Mobile magazine explosion __ "On May 25, 1865, in Mobile, Alabama, in the
Southern United States, an ordnance depot or "magazine" exploded, killing
some 300 persons. This event occurred just after the end of the American
Civil War, during the occupation of the city by victorious Federal troops."
A brief encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
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 -