American Disasters - Great Arizona Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

Alabama  - Alaska  - Arizona  - Arkansas  - California  - Colorado  - Connecticut  - Delaware  - Florida  - Georgia  - Hawaii  - Idaho  - Illinois  - Indiana  - Iowa  - Kansas  - Kentucky  - Louisiana  - Maine  - Maryland  - Massachusetts  - Michigan  - Minnesota  - Mississippi  - Missouri  - Montana  - Nebraska  - Nevada  - New Hampshire  - New Jersey  - New Mexico  - New York  - North Carolina  - North Dakota  - Ohio  - Oklahoma  - Oregon  - Pennsylvania  - Rhode Island  - South Carolina  - South Dakota  - Tennessee  - Texas  - Utah  - Vermont  - Virginia  - Washington - West Virginia  - Wisconsin  - Wyoming 


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.

So 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 will be included in a site such as, 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.

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Arizona Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Arizona floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, train wrecks, tragic accidents ..." - From -

Arizona Earthquake Information __ Overview and history of Arizona earthquakes. - From -

Arizona Earthquake Information Center - AEIC __ "The purpose of the AEIC is to collect and distribute information on Arizona earthquakes, and to conduct research on them. We are located in the Geology Department on the campus of Northern Arizona University. Feel free to explore the pages within via the various links on the left side of the screen." - From Northern Arizona University -

Arizona Tornadoes __ All known Arizona tornadoes from 1880 to 2000, listed by county. - From -

Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster __ "Arizona VOAD is the Arizona state chapter of NVOAD (National VOAD). It consists of organizations active in disaster response through the state of Arizona." Learn about the organization, goals and accomplishments. - From -

Arizona Wildfires - Arizona Forest Fires - Arizona Wild Fires __ "Wildfires affect large portions of the state of Arizona, which has six national forests in addition to the desert areas. Here are resources for up-to-the-minute forest fire information for Arizona." - From -

Emergency Preparedness - Just in Case Arizona! __ "For many years, your state government has been working to better respond to emergencies. Now, it's time to do your part." Arizona emergency preparedness advice. - From -


FEMA: Arizona State Disaster History __ Arizona 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 -

Historic Disasters: Arizona Train Wrecks and Fire __ resources for a few Arizona train wrecks and one fire. - From -
Natural disasters in Arizona __ An index of wikipedia articles about Arizona natural disasters. - From wikipedia -


Oatman, AZ Mine Fire, Mar 1936 __ "The mining town of Oatman, twenty-five miles southwest of here, was burning Friday night." You will find original news articles and more. - From -,-az-mine-fire,-mar-1936

Sunshine Mine Fire - A View From The Inside __ "Knowledge gained from analysis of the Sunshine fire also has many applications in commerce and industry, as well as in the home. But that story will come later. Today's story begins with a recap of the first hours of calamity on May 2, 1972." - From United States Mine Rescue Association -

Yampai, AZ Train Wreck, Mar 1928 __ "Three persons were killed, one seriously injured and several others shaken up and bruised late last night when No. 10 Santa Fe passenger train, the scout, was derailed at Yampai, Ariz." You will find original news articles and more. - From Stu Beitler/ -,-az-train-wreck,-mar-1928 


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