American Disasters - Great Connecticut Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

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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 may 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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American Airlines Flight 1572 __ "At some point during the descent, the sink rate alarm went off immediately followed by a loud thump as the plane began shearing off treetops along Park Mountain Ridge. It was later estimated the plane was at 770' elevation at this point. The Captain advanced the throttles full but the trees had been ingested into the engines causing them to flame out and shut down." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Bridgeport, CT Flood, Jul 1905 __ "Two men were drowned and fifty other persons were drowned and fifty other persons were rescued early this morning in a flood which took houses from their foundations, tore vessels from their moorings, wrecked four bridges and did widespread damage about the city." You will find original news accounts and more. - From Linda Horton/ -,-ct-flood,-jul-1905

Connecticut Disasters __ An index of Connecticut disasters. - From Connecticut State Library - 
Connecticut Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions ... __ "...a look back at the events that touched our ancestor's lives - tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes, train wrecks, mine explosions, and tragic accidents that became a part of history and our genealogy." You will find original newspaper accounts and more. - From -

Connecticut Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Connecticut earthquakes. - From -


Connecticut Tornadoes __ Connecticut tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by County. - From -

FEMA: Connecticut State Disaster History __ Connecticut 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 -

Great East Thompson Train Wreck __ "The Great East Thompson Train Wreck was a large rail disaster which occurred in East Thompson, Connecticut, on December 4, 1891. It happened on the New York and New England Railroad, which provided a shortcut from New York City to Boston by making a diagonal across Connecticut. That railroad is now abandoned, and most of its tracks removed. It was one of the most extensive train wrecks in American history, to date the only one to involve four trains." An encyclopedic entry. - From wikipedia - 

Hartford Circus Fire __ "The Hartford Circus Fire, which occurred on July 6, 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut, was one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the United States. The fire occurred during an afternoon performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus that was attended by approximately 7,500 to 8,700 people." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Historic Disasters: Connecticut Disasters __ You will find a list of Connecticut disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

List of Connecticut tornadoes __ A list and timeline of Connecticut tornadoes with brief bits of information about each. - From wikipedia - 

Natural disasters in Connecticut __ An index of wikipedia articles about natural disasters in Connecticut. - From wikipedia -

New England Hurricane of 1938 __ "It made landfall in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York on September 21, 1938 as a strong Category 3 hurricane on the present-day Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale with a central pressure of 946 mbar (hPa).... It then traveled across Long Island Sound into Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and finally into Canada while still moving at an unusually high speed." An encyclopedic article - illustrated - From wikipedia -

THE RAILROAD TRAGEDY AT NORWALK __ A New Haven Railroad train ran through an open drawbridge and plunged into the Norwalk River. 46 passengers were crushed to death or drowned. You will find an article preview. To read the full article, Acrobat Reader is needed as it is a PDF file. - From New York Times -

Research Guide to The Hartford Circus Fire, July 6, 1944 __ A brief overview of the fire and numerous resources. - From Connecticut State Library -

Wallingford, CT Tornado, Aug 1878 __ "For two or three weeks there seemed to be more and greater thunder showers than the people of New England had ever experienced. Wind blowing with the force of a tornado frequently accompanied the, especially those that occurred on the eight and ninth of August." Original news accounts. - From -,-ct-tornado,-aug-1878


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