Natural Disasters timeline

  • Super Outbreak

    This week marks the 25th anniversary of the April 3-4, 1974, super tornado outbreak. It was the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history with 148... Read more

  • Cyclone Tracy

    By world standards, Tracy was a small but intense tropical cyclone at landfall, the radius of gale force winds being only about 50 km. The central... Read more

  • First Known Outbreak of Legionnaires Disease

    On this day in 1976, members of the American Legion arrive in Philadelphia to celebrate the bicentennial of U.S. independence. Soon after, many... Read more

  • Tabas Earthquake

    The earthquake was centered about 600 kilometers southeast of Tehran in the vicinity of Tabas. The death toll was about 15,000, many were injured,... Read more

  • Eruption of Mount St. Helens

    May 18, 1980. On that fateful day, Mount St. Helens Volcano in Washington exploded violently after 2 months of intense earthquake activity and... Read more

  • Hurricane Allen

    In this era of tremendous tropical activity, we go back to a time when powerful hurricanes were far fewer in the Atlantic Basin. As a matter of... Read more

  • Irpinia Earthquake

    The earthquake had a magnitude (Ms) of 6.8 to 7.0 with a focal depth of 20 km. The area of severest shaking (Modified Mercalli Intensity X) was... Read more

  • San Francisco Bay Region Landslides

    On this day in 1982, a series of landslides near San Francisco, California, kills up to 33 people and closes the Golden Gate Bridge. In all, an... Read more

  • North Yemen Earthquake

    The 1982 North Yemen earthquake was a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit near the city of Dhamar, North Yemen (now part of Yemen) on December 13... Read more

  • Armero Tragedy

    The Armero tragedy (Spanish: Tragedia de Armero) was the major consequence of the November 13, 1985 eruption of Nevado del Ruiz in Tolima,... Read more

  • Whittier Narrows Earthquake

    The 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake struck the southern San Gabriel Valley and surrounding communities of southern California at 7:42 a.m. (PDT)... Read more

  • Hurricane Gilbert

    Hurricane Gilbert is the second most intense hurricane ever to have been observed in the Atlantic Basin, second only behind Hurricane Wilma of the... Read more

  • Spitak Earthquake of 1988

    Two events about 3 seconds apart. At least 25,000 people killed, 19,000 injured and 500,000 homeless in the Leninakan-Spitak-Kirovakan area of... Read more

  • Loma Prieta Earthquake

    The time was 5:04 pm on October 17, 1989. Sixty-two thousand baseball fans were preparing to watch the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's in what... Read more

  • Lower Ohio Valley Tornado Outbreak of June 1990

    The June 1990 Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak is a tornado outbreak that occurred in southern Illinois, central and southern Indiana,... Read more

  • Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake of 1990

    The Iran Earthquake, also known as the Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake occurred at 00:30:09 on June 21, 1990 . It caused widespread damage in areas within... Read more

  • Plainfield Tornado of 1990

    The 1990 Plainfield tornado was a devastating tornado that occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 28, 1990. The violent tornado killed 29... Read more

  • Bangladesh Cyclone of 1991

    At least 138,000 people were killed by the storm, with the majority of deaths in the Chittagong area. Most deaths were from drowning, with the... Read more

  • Eruption of Mount Pinatubo

    Pinatubo unleashed three major destructive agents, namely: ashfall, pyroclastic flow and lahar that caused destruction to Central Luzon's... Read more

  • Tropical Storm Thelma

    On this day in 1991, Tropical Storm Thelma causes severe and massive floods in the Philippines, killing nearly 3,000 people. It is the second major... Read more

  • San Francisco Dust Storm

    A blinding dust storm trapped hundreds of holiday motorists on Interstate 5 in the San Joaquin Valley on Friday, leaving at least six people dead... Read more

  • Erzincan Earthquake of 1992

    At least 498 people killed, 2,000 injured, some missing; 2,200 houses heavily damaged at Erzincan. Landslides and avalanches blocked a number of... Read more

  • Hurricane Andrew

    Hurricane Andrew in 1992 proved to be one of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the United States. By the time Andrew made it to Florida’s... Read more

  • Storm of the Century

    In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 13, 1993, the "Storm of the Century" hit Florida's West Coast with awesome fury. Hurricane-strength... Read more

  • Paez River Earthquake

    The Paez river disaster was caused by a rather superficial earthquake (with a 10 km deep epicentre, 6.4 on the Richter scale) and subsequent... Read more