Natural Disasters timeline

  • New England Hurricane of 1938

    In the days following the cyclone southern Rhode Islanders were in a state of grief-stricken shock. The first days after the storm were a somber... Read more

  • Chillán Earthquake of 1939

    The 1939 Chillán earthquake was a major earthquake in south-central Chile. It is currently the single earthquake that has caused the most deaths in... Read more

  • Armistice Day Blizzard

    On November 11, 1940, one of the deadliest blizzards this region has ever seen struck. The Armistice Day Storm killed 49 people in Minnesota, 150... Read more

  • Blizzard of 1941

    The most severe blizzard in modern history struck North Dakota and Minnesota. The blizzard hit on a Saturday night while many are traveling, and... Read more

  • Glazier–Higgins–Woodward Tornadoes of 1947

    The tornadoes began in Texas. Just after the White Deer tornado dissipated, the first tornado of this event formed five miles (8 km) northwest of... Read more

  • The Great Earthquake of 1949

    Ambato was completely destroyed by a large earthquake on the afternoon of 5 August 1949. Tragically, the entire city and surrounding villages were... Read more

  • North Sea Flood of 1953

    A storm formed south of Iceland on January 30th, 1953 and it was not a cause for concern at the time because the barometric pressure was not... Read more

  • Warner Robins Tornadoes

    A series of tornadoes in Peach, Houstoun, Marion, Twiggs and Bibb Counties left 310 people injured, 20 people dead (some sources say 19) and more... Read more

  • British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines' Resolution Crashes

    The only problem, however, was that the "Resolution" was actually several miles south of their reported position. At about 8:42 AM., the flight... Read more

  • Blons Avalanches of 1954

    The Blons avalanches in Austria was one of the worst mass burials by avalanche in recorded history. This happened on February 10 and February... Read more

  • Hurricane Hazel

    Leaving a death toll in Hati of more than 200 and an injured list of at least 500, according to unofficial reports reaching here, Hurricane Hazel... Read more

  • Mid-South Tornado Outbreak

    A tornado outbreak occurred on May 24, 1957 from west eastern New Mexico into central Oklahoma. Like typical plains tornadoes, the tornadoes... Read more

  • Hurricane Audrey

    Hurricane Audrey was the first major hurricane of the 1957 Atlantic hurricane season. Audrey was the only storm to reach Category 4 status in June.... Read more

  • Escuminac Hurricane of 1959

    June 19, 1959: a fierce hurricane lashes the Gulf of St. Lawrence, wreaking awesome damage and disaster on the New Brunswick coast. The storm... Read more

  • Valdivia Earthquake of 1960

    The 1960 Valdivia earthquake or Great Chilean Earthquake of 22 May, 1960 is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, rating 9.5 on the moment... Read more

  • North Sea Flood of 1962

    The North Sea flood of 1962 was a natural disaster affecting mainly the coastal regions of Germany and in particular the city of Hamburg in the... Read more

  • The Good Friday Earthquake

    This great earthquake and ensuing tsunami took 128 lives (tsunami 113, earthquake 15), and caused about $311 million in property loss. Earthquake... Read more

  • Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak of 1965

    A wide outbreak of 37 tornadoes killed 256 people, mostly in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana on Palm Sunday 1965. This was deadliest tornado outbreak... Read more

  • Hurricane Betsy

    On August 27th, reconnaissance aircraft found a tropical depression east of the Leeward Islands. By late in the day the system strengthened into a... Read more

  • Hong Kong Flu Pandemic

    The most recent influenza pandemic occurred in 1968 with the Hong Kong Flu (H3N2) outbreak, which resulted in nearly 34,000 deaths in the United... Read more

  • Hurricane Camille

    Hurricane Camille, the USA's second strongest 20th century hurricane, hit the Gulf Coast in 1969. Camille became a hurricane on Aug. 15, 1969... Read more

  • Ancash Earthquake of 1970

    The earthquake, which lasted for about 45 seconds, occurred at 15:23:31 local time. The epicenter of this quake was located 35 km off Peru coast in... Read more

  • Mississippi Valley Tornado Outbreak

    The February 1971 Mississippi Valley tornado outbreak was a deadly tornado outbreak that struck portions of the Lower Mississippi River Valley and... Read more

  • LANSA Flight 508 is hit by Lightning in Midair

    On Christmas Eve 1971, a Peruvian airliner was struck by lightning in an area of heavy turbulence at 21,000 feet and crashed into a the Amazon.... Read more

  • Bangladesh Tornado of 1973

    In one of the worst tornado tragedies to hit Bangladesh, 681 people were killed in the Manikganj subdivision of Dhaka district on 17 April 1973.... Read more