Austria · Disasters

Railway car ignites, kills 155

November 11, 2000 Kaprun, Austria A railway car carrying skiers through a tunnel catches fire, killing 155 The fire was caused by an electric heater in an unattended conductor’s cabin at the back of the train, which melted plastic pipes and ignited hydraulic brake fluid. The passengers were unable to immediately access fire extinguishers or… Continue reading Railway car ignites, kills 155

Disasters · Washington

The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

November 7, 1940 Tacoma Narrows straight, Washington The Tacoma Narrows Bride collapses due to structural failure following high gusts of winds The bridge, nicknamed Galloping Gertie due to its intense movement during windy conditions even before its collapse, was a suspension bridge nearly 6,000 feet (more than 1800 meters) in length making it the third… Continue reading The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Disasters · New York

Boiler explosion at telephone company kills 21 and injured 95

October 3, 1962 New York, New York A boiler in the New York Telephone Co. building explodes, killing 21 and injuring 95 While employees of the New York Telephone Co. ate lunch on October 3, the building’s boiler reached critical temperatures and exploded, killing 21 and wounding nearly 100. It was later found inspectors had… Continue reading Boiler explosion at telephone company kills 21 and injured 95

Disasters · Portugal

Lightning strike armory, destroys most of fort

September 16, 1732 Campo Maior, Portugal Lightning strikes an armory, igniting gunpowder and causing an explosion which kills roughly 1,500 The lightning strike occurred at 3 a.m., hitting the 6,000 arroba (approx. 194,315 lbs. or 88,140 kg) of gunpowder and 5,000 units of ammunition stored within the fort’s armory. The explosion and resulting fires killed… Continue reading Lightning strike armory, destroys most of fort

Disasters · Texas

The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the US

September 8, 1900 Galveston, Texas The deadliest hurricane to strike the United States kills between 6,000 to 12,000 The hurricane was a category 4, reaching winds of 145 mph (230 km/h). Between 6,000 and 12,000 people were killed, though most sources agree on an estimated 8,000. The second deadliest hurricane in US history, Hurricane Maria… Continue reading The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the US