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The Worst Disasters in All 50 U.S. States

July 2, 2015 Leave a comment dridrive

Galveston HurricaneMSN Weather has created a fascinating slide show detailing the United States’ worst disasters in each state, from Alabama to Wyoming — find out which state has what’s considered the deadliest disaster in U.S. history.

Among the worst disasters:

  • Alabama: April 25-28, 2011, Tornado — 238 people were killed during one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history
  • California: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake — An estimated 7.8 magnitude earthquake sparked a fire that lasted for days. 3,000 people died and 80% of the city was destroyed.
  • Florida: 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane — The 1928 hurricane destroyed more than 1,711 homes, killed 1,836, and piled the water on the south side, causing it to flood towns up to 75 miles away.
  • Illinois: Chicago Heat Wave of 1995 — Over five days in the July of 1995, approximately 750 residents died from the extreme heat that got as high as 106 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Maine: North American Ice Storm of 1998 — A series of ice storms moved through Canada and Maine, leaving as much as 5 inches of ice and disrupting power for some 700,000 residents.
  • Mississippi: Hurricane Katrina — All 82 counties in Mississippi were declared disaster areas after Katrina blew through, resulting in 238 deaths and 67 missing.
  • Nebraska: Blizzard of 1949 — 76 people and more than 158,000 livestock died during intense snowfall, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to launch a disaster response dubbed “Operation Snowbound.”
  • Pennsylvania: Johnstown Flood of 1889 — After a dam failed, 20 million tons of water roared through the town, killing 2,209 people.
  • Texas: 1900 Galveston Hurricane — With winds up to 145 miles per hour, killing as many as 12,000, this is the deadliest natural disaster in US history.
  • Washington: 1980 Mt. St. Helens Eruption — A major eruption of Washington State’s Mt. St. Helens occurred after two months of earthquakes warning an eruption was imminent.
  • Wyoming: Blackwater fire of 1937 — 15 firefighters died as the fire consumed 1,700 acres near Cody, Wyoming.