American Disasters - Great New Mexico Disasters

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Great 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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Capitan Gap Fire Disaster __ "The Capitan Gap Fire Disaster was caused when a cook stove over heated and started casting sparks. It was actually the first of two fires that began on Thursday, May 4th, 1950 in Lincoln National Forest, in New Mexico in the Capitan mountain range." Learn what one important result of this fire was. - From -

Carthage, NM Mine Explosion, Dec 1907 __ " Albuquerque, N. Mex., Dec. 31.-At least nine miners were killed, three fatally, and two seriously injured ..." Yep, that is really the way it reads. You will find original news articles and links to additional resources. - From Jenni Lanham/ -

Category:New Mexico hurricanes __ You will find an index of wikipedia articles about hurricanes that have effected New Mexico. - From wikipedia -

Dawson, New Mexico __ "On October 22, 1913, Dawson suffered its first major disaster. Stag Canyon Mine No. 2 was shaken by an explosion that was felt two miles away in the town proper. Relief teams rushed in from surrounding communities, but of the 286 men who arrived to work in the Stag Canyon mine that morning, only 23 survived." an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
FEMA: New Mexico State Disaster History __ New Mexico 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: New Mexico Disasters __ You will find a list of New Mexico disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

Hobbs, NM Explosion, Jun 1938 __ "Seven men, including a prominent New Mexico financier, were killed and fire seriously injured today in the premature explosion of a nitroglycerin time bomb with which a drilling crew was preparing to “shoot” an oil well near here." You will find original news articles and links to related material. - From Jenni Lanham/ -

La Mesa Fire __ "The La Mesa Fire was a destructive wildfire which burned 15,444 acres (62.5 km˛) of Bandelier National Monument and part of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, USA. " An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - 

New Mexico Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and ... __ New Mexico Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: New Mexico floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, ..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From -

New Mexico Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of earthquakes in New Mexico. - From -

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

Quay, NM Airplane Crash, Aug 1938 __ "The crushed bodies of five persons, including a 3-year-old child, were found in the wreckage of the Transcontinental & Western Air's night mail and passenger tri-motor transport at Quay post office, 20 miles south of Tucumcari, N. M., at 10:30 o'clock this morning." You will find original news reports and links to related material. - From Stu Beitler/ -

TWA Flight 260 __ "TWA Flight 260 crashed into the Sandia Mountains in 1955. The plane was a small regional prop plane, a Martin 4-0-4, and the cause was instrument failure. The remote crash site is now a tourist attraction to see the wreckage from a tram route." an encyclopedic article with links to related material. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Wildfires in New Mexico __ You will find an index of wikipedia articles about wildfires in New Mexico. - From wikipedia -

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