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Disasters in History

How much do you know about the history of disasters - both natural and man-made?
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Last updated: December 12, 2019
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Year
Deaths
Hint
Answer
2013
6,352
This country is devastated by Typhoon Haiyan,
the strongest storm in history at landfall
Philippines
2011
185
This New Zealand city is severely damaged by an earthquake
Christchurch
2010
> 100,000
This impoverished country is struck by a 7.0 earthquake
Haiti
2009
173
This country is struck by bush fires on "Black Saturday"
Australia
2006
346
People are crushed to death while "stoning the devil" in this city
Mecca
2005
1,833
This hurricane strikes New Orleans
Katrina
2004
230,000
Communities on the Indian Ocean are devastated by this type of disaster
Tsunami
1992
26
This hurricane strikes Miami
Andrew
1986
31 (direct)
This Soviet nuclear power plant explodes
Chernobyl
1980
57
This volcano erupts in Washington state
St. Helens
1937
36
This zeppelin bursts into flames
Hindenburg
1917
2,000
This city is rocked when a cargo ship full of wartime explosives blows up
(Until the atomic bomb, it was the largest man-made explosion ever)
Halifax
1912
1,500
This ship hits an iceberg and sinks
RMS Titanic
1906
3,000
This city is burned to the ground following a major earthquake
San Francisco
1931
> 1 million
The flooding of this river, the longest in Asia, is generally considered
to be the deadliest natural disaster of all time
Yangtze
1883
36,000
This Indonesia volcano spectacularly erupts
Krakatoa
1871
300
This city is destroyed by fire after a cow kicks over a lantern
Chicago
1666
6 (official)
Much of this city burns due to a bakery fire on Pudding Lane
London
79
16,000
Pompeii and Herculaneum are buried after the eruption of this volcano
Vesuvius
65 Million
B.C.
0
An asteroid strikes this Mexican peninsula, eventually causing
the extinction of the dinosaurs
Yucatan
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level 77
Dec 15, 2013
Blanked on Halifax but got the rest. Better than the last disaster quiz.
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level 74
Feb 7, 2014
I didn't know Halifax either. Have to look that up.
+1
level 28
Feb 7, 2014
The Great Chicago Fire wasn't caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow, that's just an urban legend.
+6
level ∞
Feb 7, 2014
Yeah I know but this way is more fun.
+1
level 62
Feb 7, 2014
The largest non-nuclear explosion ever (until 1947) was at the Battle of the Messines in 1917. Halifax was probably the largest accidental explosion.
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level 77
Feb 10, 2014
+1
level 6
Feb 10, 2014
I think Hurricane Katrina was a big diaster for New Orleans and the surrounding areas.
+1
level 54
Apr 9, 2015
Yes.
+2
level 55
Apr 23, 2014
Pripyat might be worth accepting for Chernobyl if you're feeling lenient. Good quiz.
+1
level 80
Sep 24, 2014
And maybe a few more spelling options. I can never remember where the "y" goes in that name.
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level 54
Apr 9, 2015
"Get to know the place we're from! We're... from... Halifax. We're from Halifax." Thank you, Picnicface, for helping me on this quiz.
+1
level 76
Oct 4, 2015
Oh, wait, you don't mean the Halifax in West Yorkshire...
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level 67
Apr 26, 2016
Tried 'Chenobyl' several times.......... for the want of an R the battle was lost.
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level 14
May 29, 2017
Oh finally, someone talks about the disasters long forgotten, St. Helens and the Hindenburg. On that note,where is the disaster that became famous, then forgotten: the Boston Molasses Flood?
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level 78
Apr 16, 2018
Also forgotten, but extremely sad was the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.
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level 64
Dec 13, 2019
I propose to add the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
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level 65
Dec 13, 2019
The hurricane that destroyed Galveston in 1900 is still the largest natural disaster in U.S. history in terms of number of deaths.