American Disasters - Great North Carolina 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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Coal Glenn, NC Coal Mining Catastrophe, May 1925 __ "The fate of three score or more miners entombed this morning by an explosion below the 1,000 foot lateral of the Carolina Coal company mine, near here, was undetermined tonight, although rescuers had succeeded in bringing in the surface six bodies and it was feared most of the others had perished." You will find original news articles and links to additional resources. - From Stu Beitler/ -,-nc-coal-mining-catastrophe,-may-1925

Disaster Information __ "In recent years hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters have inflicted enormous suffering and property damage across many parts of North Carolina. The State Historic Preservation Office offers the following information sheets to assist historic property owners in recovering from a natural disaster." Several click-to-read articles. - From -

Eastern 212 __ "...Eastern Airlines Flight 212, McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashed 3.3 miles short of runway 36 at Douglas Municipal Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. Of the 82 persons aboard the aircraft, 11 and two crewmembers survived the accident." an overview - From -

FEMA: North Carolina State Disaster History __ North Carolina 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 - 
Greensboro, North Carolina tornado __ "On the evening of April 2, 1936, the Greensboro tornado left a long path of F4 damage across the southwest and south side of Greensboro, passing through the south side of downtown. The storm began its path near High Point Road at Elam Street and continued east along Lee Street to east of Bennett College. This storm left $2 million in damage in Greensboro (1936 USD).[1] It was responsible for 14 deaths and 144 injuries,..." An encyclopedic article with links to additional resources. - From wikipedia -


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

Lumberton, NC Train Wreck, Dec 1943 __ "The toll of dead in the Southeast's worst railroad disaster mounted to 79 today, including 47 soldiers, as more bodies were located in four telescoped passenger, cars that still blocked the Atlantic Coast Line's double-track mainline from New York to Florida." Original news accounts and additional resources. - From -

NC Cooperative Extension: Disaster Information Center __ Learn about disaster how you can prepare for natural disaster in North Carolina and what to do after one too. - From - 


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

North Carolina Tornadoes __ North Carolina tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by county. - From -

President Obama Signs North Carolina Disaster Declaration __ "...response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Earl beginning on September 1, 2010, and continuing."  A news story related to Hurricane Earl. - From - 

State Climate Office of North Carolina: NC Hurricanes  __ You will find descriptions of every known hurricane affecting North Carolina since 1586. - illustrated - From -

Super Outbreak __ "The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on record. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 US states and one Canadian province: Ontario, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and New York." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -


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