American Disasters - Great Nevada 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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Bonanza Air Lines Flight 114 __ "Bonanza Air Lines Flight 114 was a Fairchild F27 turboprop airliner flying out of Phoenix, Arizona to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the evening of November 15 1964. During a nighttime landing approach in poor weather conditions it crashed into a mountain about 8 miles (13 km) south of the airport. All 29 aboard died instantly..." An encyclopedic article with links to additional resources. - From wikipedia -

Copper Flat, NV Explosion, Aug 1907 __ "An explosion occurred at Copper Flat last Thursday evening about 7 o’clock that just about wiped the entire camp off the face of the earth." You will find original news articles and links to related material. - From Jenni Lanham/ -,-nv-explosion,-aug-1907

FEMA: Nevada State Disaster History __ Nevada 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 -

Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 __ "Of the 71 people aboard, three survived the initial impact, but one of them died on January 29 and another on February 4. The lone survivor was then 17-year old George Lamson Jr., who was thrown clear of the aircraft and landed upright, still in his seat, on South Virginia Street." an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia - 

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


MGM Grand Hotel/Casino Fire __ "The second-largest loss of life hotel fire in U.S. history took place ... at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. As smoke filled the 26-story high rise, 85 people lost their lives and hundreds of others were injured." - illustrated - From -
MGM Grand Hotel fire __ "On the morning of November 21, 1980, at about 07:10 PST, a fire broke out in a delicatessen at what was then the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (now Bally's Las Vegas) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, a well-known, 26-story luxury resort with more than 2,000 hotel rooms. The event remains the worst disaster in Nevada history." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -


Nevada Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ Nevada Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Nevada floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, more. Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From -
Nevada Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Nevada earthquakes. - From - 

Palaside, NV Train Wreck, Feb 1911 __ " Fifteen Persons Are Injured, Two of Whom Are Probably Fatally Hurt, and That All Were Not Killed Is Regarded as a Marvel." You will find original news stories and links to related material. - From Linda Houston/ - 

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