Catastrophe!: The 100 Greatest Disasters Of All Time

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Citadel Press, 2004 - Reference - 346 pages
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Some of the most harrowing calamities include: - The great China earthquake of 1556, which claimed 830,000 lives- The Irish Potato Famine of 1846, which decimated that country's population, resulting in the deaths of 1,000,000 people from starvation and illness- The London Killer Fog of 1952, which left 12,000 dead and set the stage for the 1963 Clean Air Act in the USA- Hurricane Andrew, which swept through South Florida in 1992, packing winds of 190 miles per hour and causing huge loss of life and $30 billion worth of damage- Will appeal to readers of recent bestsellers focusing on disasters such as The Perfect Storm, Isaac's Storm, and Triangle
 

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Contents

The Disasters 1 The Black Death
1
The Great Influenza Epidemic
6
The Worldwide AIDS Epidemic
10
The 1876 China Famine
13
The FourteenthCentury China Drought Famine and Epidemic
16
The 1896 India Drought Famine and Disease Disaster
19
The 1932 Ukraine Famine
22
The 1921 Ukraine Famine
25
The Sinking of the Toya Mam
165
The 1906 Courrieres Mine Explosion
168
The Sinking of the Empress of Ireland
171
The Fire on the General Slocum
175
The 1888 New York City Blizzard
178
The 1981 India Rail Accident
181
The Tristate Tornadoes
184
The 1903 Iroquois Theater Fire
187

The 1520 Mexico Smallpox Epidemic
28
The English Sweating Sickness
31
The Yellow River and Yangtze River Floods
34
The Irish Potato Famine
38
The 1970 Bangladesh Cyclone
41
The 1556 Great China Earthquake
44
The 1976 Tangshan China Earthquake
47
The 1891 Russia Famine
50
Contents ix
52
The Plague of Justinian
53
The 526 Antioch Syria Earthquake
56
The 1920 Gansu China Earthquake
59
The 1908 Messina Sicily Earthquake
62
The Great Kanto Earthquake
65
The 1815 Eruption of Tambora and the Year Without a Summer
68
The 1864 Calcutta Cyclone
72
The 1970 Peru Earthquake and Landslide
75
The 1988 Armenia Earthquake
78
The 1755 Lisbon Portugal Earthquake
81
The 1939 Erzincan Turkey Earthquake
84
The 1990 Iran Earthquake and Landslide
87
The Eruption of Mount Petee
90
The Eruption of Mount Krakatoa
93
The 1999 Izmit Turkey Earthquake
96
The Great Hurricane of 1780
99
The 1896 Japanese Tsunami
102
The 79 Eruption of Mount Vesuvius
105
Hurricane Mitch
108
The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident
111
Hurricane Fifi
115
The Galveston Hurricane
118
The London Killer Fog of 1952
121
The 1928 West Indies and Lake Okeechobee Hurricane
124
The 1995 Kobe Earthquake
127
The 1987 Collision of the Dona Paz and the Vector
130
The 1856 Rhodes Church Explosion
133
The Bhopal Chemical Leak
136
The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
140
The September 11 2001 Terrorist Attacks
146
The Johnstown Flood
149
The 1917 Mont Blanc Explosion
153
The Sinking of the Sultana
156
The Sinking of the Titanic
159
The Great Chicago Fire and Peshtigo Forest Fire
162
Hurricane Georges
191
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
194
The 1977 Tenerife Runway Collision
198
The 1947 Texas City Harbor Explosion
201
The 1944 Italy Train Tunnel Suffocation Disaster
204
The 1985 Japan Air Lines Flight 123 Crash
207
The 1942 Cocoanut Grove Fire
210
The 2002 Egyptian Train Fire
213
The 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster
216
The 1996 SaudiKazak Midair Collision
220
The 1974 Turkish Airlines DC10 Crash
223
The LInnovation Department Store Fire
226
The 1974 Midwestern Tornadoes
229
The 1964 Lima Soccer Riot
233
The 1979 American Airlines DC10 Crash
236
The 1988 Pan Am Lockerbie Bombing
239
The 1985 Stava Dam Failure
242
The Crash of Flight 800
245
The Quintinshill Rail Crash
248
The 1966 Florence Art Flood
251
The Oklahoma City Bombing
254
The Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus Fire
257
The Triangle Factory Fire
260
The 1934 Fire on the Morro Castle
264
The Winecoff Hotel Fire
267
The 1981 Hyatt Regency Walkways Collapse
270
The Great Nashville Train Wreck
273
Hurricane Andrew
276
The 1989 San Francisco Earthquake
279
The 1993 U S Midwest Floods
282
Hurricane Hugo
285
The Explosion of the Hindenburg
288
The 1991 Oakland Hills Fires
292
The Great London Fire of 1666
295
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
298
The Dust Bowl
301
The 1979 Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident
304
The 1929 U S Stock Market Crash
307
The Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion
310
The 1851 Library of Congress Fire
316
Chronological Listing of the 100 Greatest Disasters of All Time
322
Index
331
About the Author
345
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