Category Archives: Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters, April 1

1946    A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands creates a tsunami in Hawaii that kills 159 people, most of them from Hilo on the Big Island.

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Natural Disasters, March 31

1931    An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000 people.

1997    April Fool’s Day Blizzard

1985    Barrie, Ontario Tornado 8 dead

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Natural Disasters, March 30

1823    Great Northeast storm, hurricane force winds raged from Pennsylvania to Maine with heavy snow inland.

1899    The mining town of Ruby, CO was buried under 141 inches of snow when the storm came to an end.

1987    A snow storm struck the Ohio Valley and Lower Great Lakes Region. Cleveland received 16 inches of snow in 24 hours. There were 100 record lows in three days.

1989    Thunderstorms, hail and a tornado, developed ahead of a slow moving cold front with damaging winds at more than 50 locations in the southeast quarter of the US. The tornado injured 11 people in Northampton, NC.

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Natural Disasters, March 29

1999    A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, killing 103 people.

2013    A landslide in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China near Lhasa kills 66 people.

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Natural Disasters, March 28

1920    Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak Midwest 380 people killed.

1970    Gediz earthquake: a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck western Turkey at about 23:05 local time killing 1086 and injuring 1260.

1979    A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania leads to the core overheating and a partial meltdown.

2005    Sumatra Earthquake, shook northern Sumatra with a maximum intensity of VI which is Strong, leaving 915-1314 people dead.

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Natural Disasters, March 27

1890    Middle Mississippi Valley Tornado outbreak, a tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky killing 76 people and injuring 200.

1964    Good Friday Earthquake, The most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to Anchorage.

1977    Tenerife Airport Disaster, Two Boeing 747’s collided on a foggy runway in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people, 61 survived. This was the deadliest aviation accident in history all due to fog.  The flights were diverted to Tenerife due to a terrorist incident, but the fog hampered visibility.

1980    The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapsed in the North Sea killing 123 of its 212 member crew. Heavy rain, 12 meter waves and 40 knot winds (74 mph) caused cables to snap and the rig capsized.

2009    The Situ Gintung dam which formed an artificial lake in Indonesia failed killing 99 people after several days of heavy rain.

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Natural Disasters, March 26

1812    An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela.

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