American Disasters - Great Kansas Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

Alabama  - Alaska  - Arizona  - Arkansas  - California  - Colorado  - Connecticut  - Delaware  - Florida  - Georgia  - Hawaii  - Idaho  - Illinois  - Indiana  - Iowa  - Kansas  - Kentucky  - Louisiana  - Maine  - Maryland  - Massachusetts  - Michigan  - Minnesota  - Mississippi  - Missouri  - Montana  - Nebraska  - Nevada  - New Hampshire  - New Jersey  - New Mexico  - New York  - North Carolina  - North Dakota  - Ohio  - Oklahoma  - Oregon  - Pennsylvania  - Rhode Island  - South Carolina  - South Dakota  - Tennessee  - Texas  - Utah  - Vermont  - Virginia  - Washington - West Virginia  - Wisconsin  - Wyoming 


These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have taken place in every state.  There is also controversy over what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.  All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.

So these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.  The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.

For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on this list, but it may be included in a site such as, which is one of the resources found here.

This is an excellent place to begin your research.  The links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.  Good luck in your efforts.

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1955 Udall Kansas Tornado __ Provides storm reports, event summary, survivors stories, memorial list and photographs. - illustrated - From -

FEMA: Kansas State Disaster History __ Kansas Disaster History. Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of the list to access detailed information including images and more. - illustrated - From FEMA - 

Historic Disasters: Kansas Disasters __ You will find a list of Kansas disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

Kansas Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "Kansas Events that touched our ancestor's lives: floods, fires, Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, train wrecks, tragic accidents ... " You will find original news articles about Kansas disasters along with links to additional resources. - From -
Kansas Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of earthquakes in Kansas. - From - 

Kansas Tornado History - Historical Tornado Facts __ ""Tornado History, Tornado Historical Photos. Important Historical Tornado Facts" - illustrated - From -

Kansas tornadoes __ An index of wikipedia articles about tornadoes in Kansas. - From wikipedia -
Kansas Tornadoes __ "The Kansas Tornado Page statistics, message board link, Kansas Disaster Center link." - From - 

Kansas Tornadoes, Cyclones and Twisters of the past, historic tornados __ A lost of Kansas tornadoes. Links lead to original news stories about each. - From -

Lincoln County Kansas Disasters __ "Lincoln County has experienced its share of natural disasters – drought, grasshoppers, tornados, fires, floods, even earthquakes. The determination of the county’s residents in the face of these trials – especially in the early days of settlement – is what makes these events most remarkable." Information about several disasters. - From Tracee Hamilton, Bill and Diana Sowers -

Natural disasters in Kansas __ An index of wikipedia articles about natural disasters in Kansas. - From wikipedia - 

Ottawa, KS Train Wreck, Jan 1912 __ "A freight train on the Missouri Pacific railway crashed through a trestle twenty miles west of here at 11:30 o’clock Sunday night. Ten minutes later another freight train plunged through the same trestle. The wreckage caught fire." Original news stories and more. - From Rosemarie/ -


Tornado history of Kansas, Historical photos and video __ "History Tornado, tornado history, History Kansas tornadoes, Historical Tornadoes." Well, you pretty much name it. If it is about Kansas tornadoes it may well likely be here. Video, articles, news and more. - illustrated - From -  

TWA Flight 599 __ "Transcontinental and Western Air Flight 599 was a Fokker F-10 Trimotor en route from Kansas City, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California, on March 31, 1931. It crashed ten miles south of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas; all eight on board died. One of those killed was Knute Rockne, the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, who was on his way to Los Angeles for the film The Spirit of Notre Dame." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - from wikipedia -

Washington, KS Tornado, Jul 1932 __ "Scores of persons were homeless here today, victims of a Fourth of July tornado which struck in southeastern Nebraska and Northern Kansas, killing at least four persons, injuring approximately fifty others, and wrecking more than 100 buildings." You will find original news reports. - From Sandi Carter/ -



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