American Disasters - Great Hawaii 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 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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Aloha Airlines Flight 243 __ "Aloha Airlines Flight 243 was a scheduled Aloha Airlines Boeing 737-200 flight between Hilo and Honolulu in Hawaii. On April 28, 1988, the aircraft suffered extensive damage after an explosive decompression in flight, but was able to land safely at Kahului Airport on Maui. One flight attendant was blown out of the airplane and another 65 passengers and crew were injured. The extent of the damage was only just below that which would have caused the airliner to break up, and the survival of the aircraft with such a major loss of integrity was unprecedented and remains unsurpassed." an encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Disaster Radio in Hawaii __ What to do when the Internet goes down? "This site provides a collection of useful articles, forms, links and other information for Hams to use in an emergency or disaster, especially in the Hawaiian Islands." - From -

Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes __ You will find data, descriptions and images of Hawaiian volcanic eruptions. - illustrated - From -

FEMA: Hawaii State Disaster History __ Hawaii 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 -

Hawaii Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "...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 news accounts of many Hawaii disasters. - From -

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

Hawaii hurricanes __ You will find an index of wikipedia articles about Hawaiian hurricanes. - From wikipedia -
Hawaii Tornadoes __ Hawaii tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by county. - From -

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

Natural Disasters in Hawaii __ "Articles, historic data, current information, and preparedness tips, for natural disasters in Hawaii, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tidal waves, and volcanic eruptions." - From -

Natural Disasters in Hawaii __ "Hawaii is truly a paradise. However, the islands are vulnerable to certain kinds of natural disasters, such as flooding, hurricanes, tsunamis and life-threatening lava flows." You will find articles about the various types of natural disasters Hawaii may have. - From -

Tidal Waves in Hawaii __ "Approximately 50 tidal waves - also called tsunamis - have been report in the Hawaiian Islands since the early 1800's. Seven of them caused major damage and two of those were caused by local seismic activity." You will find an overview of the larger of these events along with links to many other resources. - From -

United Airlines Flight 811 __ "United Airlines Flight 811 experienced an explosive decompression on Friday, February 24, 1989 after its last stopover in Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu. The explosion, caused by a malfunctioning cargo door that opened during flight, ripped out several rows of seats containing 9 passengers, who were killed." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Volcanic and Seismic Hazards on the Island of Hawaii: Earthquake Hazards __  An excellent overview of earthquake hazards on the Island of Hawaii. - illustrated - From -

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