October 10, 2017

The Vajont Dam Disaster: October 9, 1963, the lives of 2500 people were washed away in minutes as massive waves spilled over the concrete arch dam into the Longarone Valley in Italy.

Completed in 1961, the dam created a landslide into its reservoir that generated a wal...

October 5, 2017

Hurricane Hazel: The circumstances that surrounded the appearance of Hurricane Hazel in October 1954 were totally unexpected.  Having laid a path of destruction through the Caribbean and Carolinas, Hazel settled inland over the Alleghenies and was expected to die a nat...

October 2, 2017

Bigger than the Titanic, the Queen Mary was one of the most famous ocean liners of its time.  During WWII, she entered active duty as a troop transport ship.  On October 2, 1942, as she rounded the coast of Ireland, she was joined by six destroyers and HMS Curacoa as a...

September 28, 2017

On the evening of September 28, 2003, residents in Halifax, Nova Scotia, prepared quietly for a night of bad weather. No one knew, though, that the tropical storm heading to land would turn into the most ferocious hurricane the province had seen in 110 years. Winds rag...

September 21, 2017

On the morning of September 21, 1921, workers at the BASF nitrate plant in Oppau, Germany, were preparing to break up gigantic blocks of chemical fertilizer with dynamite.  It was a routine procedure that had been performed tens of thousands of times without incident....

May 8, 2017

Martinique is home to an active volcano, Montagne Pelee, which erupted in 1902, killing everyone in the town of St. Pierre except the town drunk who had been thrown in jail.  During the early stages of the eruption, clouds of red-hot cinders filled the sky and the air...

May 4, 2017

In the afternoon of May 4, 1971, the dogs in the Quebec town of St. Jean Vianney began to bark and whimper. Cows refused to leave their barns, and children came in from lunch, claiming that the ground was shaking and making strange noises. That night, as the town settl...

April 29, 2017

Frank, NWT (now Alberta) thrived because of its coal mine, a prosperous enterprise that ripped deep seams into the mountain that loomed over the town.  At 4:10 a.m. on April 29,1903, the side of the mountain unexpectedly disintegrated, depositing 90,000,000 tons of de...

April 15, 2017

The city of Winnipeg is built at the confluence of two rivers, and every so often the Assiniboine and Red overflow their banks and transform the city into a disaster zone.

Although only one person has ever died as a result of the floods - a volunteer pump operator in t...