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1996 Everest disaster

{ Article added: 09/27/2009 }
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On May 10-11, 1996, freak weather conditions and a bottleneck of climbers led to what has been called the 1996 Everest disaster, when eight people died on Mt. Everest while attempting to reach the summit. The principle parties involved ...Read More »

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

{ Article added: 07/11/2009 }
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Nicknamed "Galloping Gertie", the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940, only months after it opened. It had been the third longest suspension bridge in the world at the time. The collapse was triggered by a phenomenon ...Read More »

Texas City Disaster

{ Article added: 05/04/2009 }
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The Texas City Disaster was the explosion of 2300 tons of ammonium nitrate and small arms ammunition on board the French ship SS Grandcamp in the port of Texas City, Texas, on April 16, 1947. Another ship that was ...Read More »

Great Fire of London

{ Article added: 04/04/2009 }
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The Great Fire of London, also known as the Great Fire of 1666, was a major fire that swept through the City of London over the span of four days in September of 1666. The fire destroyed tens of ...Read More »

Timeline of the sinking of the RMS Titanic

{ Article added: 03/28/2009 }
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On April 14, 1912, at 11:40 PM and while sailing in the Atlantic Ocean south of Newfoundland, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. It sank into the ocean at 2:20 AM. The timeline presented documents the entire ordeal, ...Read More »

1958 Lituya Bay Megatsunami

{ Article added: 03/28/2009 }
On July 9, 1958, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 triggered a landslide of 90 million tons of rock and ice in the Crillon Inlet of Lituya Bay fjord in Alaska. This resulted in a megatsunami and the highest wave ...Read More »

Boston Molasses Disaster

{ Article added: 03/14/2009 }
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The Boston Molasses Disaster took place in January of 1919 when a 50 foot tank holding 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst. The subsequent wave of molasses -- up to 15 feet high and moving at a speed of ...Read More »