Gkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25330 posts, RR: 54 Posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10145 times:
So, what disasters/tragedies have happened in the area where you live?
Lockerbie bombing 1988- 270 dead
Quintinshill Rail Disasaster 1915 - Over 200 dead and over 250 injured
Carlisle Flooding 2005 - 3 dead
Foot and Mouth Disease - 2000-2002
[Edited 2005-07-16 14:17:57]
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10137 times:
Since I've been alive:
1964 . . . most severe earthquake on the North American continent . . . 9.0+ on the Richter Scale . . . devastated south central Alaska. Community of Valdez wiped off the map. Communities of Seward, Kodiak, Port Lions, Quizinkie, nearly destoyed. Community of Portage obliterated. Earthquake felt as far south as California.
1989 . . . Exxon Valdez oil tanker runs aground. Spills more than 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. Emaciates the fishing industry in this area for a decade. Traces still remain today.
1994 . . . Forest Fires burn over 6 million acres of Alaska.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13766 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10108 times:
I live about 12 miles/20 kms from NYC so the WTC site as to the 9/11 attacks is 'where I live'. Over the years I have also seen several very serious flooding and rain storms in Northern New Jersey, with a number of square miles covered in feet of water, roads, bridges and homes wiped out, even parts of hillsides washed away, small dams destroyed and the like as well as a number of deaths. Then there was the Great Blackout of August 2003, a disaster of a different type. I was at work in NY City when it hit. Got lucky getting home.
I saw on a documentary a couple of years ago where a father and son rode out the wave in their fishing boat. They ended up something like 1500 feet above the shore line in some trees. Wow!
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 10033 times:
I live in a relatively boring part of the country. Little has happened that has resulted in large losses of life or widespread destruction.
We get the usual suspects. Cold snaps that kill the elderly. Heat waves that kill the elderly. We get Nor'easters that will occasionally cause the ocean to swallow some beachfront home. Blizzards which temporarily paralyse the region. The occasional, errant hurricane will make it's way up here though the last one to make a direct hit on New England and do some damage was Hurricane Bob (Cat. 2) back in '91. The last deadly plane crash at BOS was a World Airways DC-10 which ran off the runway into the harbor. Mystery still shrouds that crash as the two casualties's bodies were never recovered from very shallow water. Many think they faked their deaths.
In fact, the deadliest thing I can think of now was the Station fire. A nightclub in Warwick, RI was holding a concert for...the White...something or other. They had pyrotechnics which apparently misfired and the club caught fire. All told, 101 people died. Good news is that it brough sweeping changes to fire codes for Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
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Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9996 times:
November 11-15, 1864. The bulk of Atlanta (Except for most dwellings, churches, and the courthouse) was burned down by Gen. Sherman's troops.
May 21, 1917. Fire destroys 300 acres of homes and businesses, displacing 10,000, but nobody died in the fires.
December 7, 1946. Winecoff Hotel fire. 119 killed.
ArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9973 times:
In 1988, there was a fire in a 10 story apartment building on Christmas Eve that killed about 15 people here. Our town has about 55,000 people in it, so it was a huge shock, especially on Christmas Eve...
There was also a bad flood a few years back that devistated a town about 20 min from here. Thankfully, it only killed 2-3 people, but wiped out a lot of houses and other stuff.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 27
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9969 times:
We had more than 20 people from our small commuter town die, and for weeks afterward, the train station parking lot around the corner from my house was filled with cars that the owners would never return to.
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7484 posts, RR: 48
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9956 times:
The Nisqually Earthquake that shook Seattle. A 7.0 magantude earthquake shook Seattle, WA on 28FEB01. Wouldn't call it a disaster, but it caused billions in damage to the city. Exposed how bad the Alaskan Way Viaduct needed repairs.
And the only person on trial for that attack is the former judge that was in charge of the investigation!! Incredible, for 9/11, the Atocha bombings and the latest London attcks, it took just a few days to find the ones responsible, yet for us it's been 11 years and NO ONE. Very sad ....