American Disasters - Great Virginia 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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Alexandria, Virginia Fire June 3, 1897 __ "The fire extended for almost two blocks along the river and burned most of the wharves to the water’s edge. The Washington fire department, five miles away, was called upon for help, ..." Am overview plus links to additional information. - From -

Death in the Blue Ridge __ "In a thunderstorm which delayed it for nearly half an hour at Washington's airport, a Douglas DC-3 of Pennsylvania Central Airlines took off one night last week for Pittsburgh. Twenty-three minutes later, over the foothills of the Blue Ridge range near Lovettsville, Va., 36 miles west of Washington, something happened. Farmers attracted by a crash found the plane strewn over a clearing into which it had apparently plunged full tilt." Time magazine article. - From Time Magazine -,9171,764600,00.html

FEMA: Virginia State Disaster History __ "Virginia Disaster History. Major Disaster Declarations; Emergency Declarations ..." - From FEMA - 

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

Hurricane Gaston (2004) __ Photo gallery of damage from this storm. - illustrated - From -

Hurricane Isabel (2003) __ Photo gallery of the damage from this storm. - illustrated - From -

March 1962 "Ash Wednesday" Storm: Part 1 __ "As the water continued to pile up along the East Coast during successive high tide cycles over the following three days, the coastline from New Jersey to North Carolina was battered and changed forever by the onslaught of wind and waves." A detailed report. - illustrated - From -

Richmond, Virginia Fire March 26, 1882 __ "One of the most destructive conflagrations which ever visited this city , and second only to that which destroyed the business portion on its evacuation by the Confederate Army in April 1865, ..." - An overview plus links to additional materials. - 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 -

TWA 514 Crashes Into Hill Near D.C.  __ "(TWA) Flight 514, a Boeing 727, crashed about 25 miles northwest of Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C. The 92 occupants - 85 passengers and 7 crewmembers were killed, and the aircraft was destroyed." an overview. - From -
Virginia Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "Virginia Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Virginia floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, ..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From - 

Virginia Hurricane History __ A history of hurricanes and associated tornadoes in Virginia. - From -

Virginia Tornadoes __ A history of tornadoes in Virginia. - From -

Virginia Train Wrecks __ Information about three train wrecks in Virginia. - From -


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