10 Deadliest US Disasters


The hurricane caused Lake Okeechobee to overflow, resulting in the deaths of approximately 2,500 people, primarily due to flooding.

Florida: Hurricane Okeechobee of 1928


A collision between two trains near Wilmington resulted in the deaths of 23 people and injured numerous others.

Delaware: Wilmington Train Wreck of 1907


A fire broke out at a circus tent in Hartford, resulting in the deaths of 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

Connecticut: Hartford Circus Fire of 1944


The deadliest tornado in U.S. history, traveling through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, claimed the lives of 695 people, including 113 in Arkansas.

Arkansas: Tri-State Tornado of 1925


The devastating earthquake and subsequent fires in San Francisco resulted in an estimated 3,000 deaths and caused widespread destruction.

California: San Francisco Earthquake of 1906


Flash flooding along the Big Thompson River caused the deaths of 144 people and extensive property damage.

Colorado: Big Thompson River Flood of 1976


A wildfire in Yarnell claimed the lives of 19 firefighters, making it the deadliest incident for firefighters in Arizona's history.

Arizona: Yarnell Hill Fire of 2013


The most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. history, with a magnitude of 9.2, caused significant destruction and claimed 131 lives.

Alaska - Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 - 


 An EF4 tornado struck the city of Tuscaloosa, resulting in 64 fatalities and causing extensive damage.

Alabama - Tuscaloosa Tornado of 2011 -


 A crematorium in Noble caused a major scandal when it was discovered that bodies had been improperly disposed of, resulting in 339 counts of theft against the operator.

Georgia: Tri-State Crematory Incident of 2002

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