Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Mass fatalities’ Category

7/18/1984: James Oliver Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others with several automatic weapons.





7/17/1944: An ammunition ship explodes while being loaded in Port Chicago, California, killing 332 people.


7/14/2016: In Nice, France, on Bastille Day, a white truck barrels through a pedestrian-filled closed street killing 86, including 10 children, and injuring 304 more.


7/2/1990: A stampede of religious pilgrims in a pedestrian tunnel in Mecca leaves more than 1,400 people dead


6/12/2016: A gunman forces his way into the Pulse nightclub killing 49 and wounding dozens more.


6/4/1989: Tiananmen Square Massacre


FBI’s Quick Look: 250 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States From 2000 to 2017

Active Shooter Map 1

Incidents per year 2000-2017

Active Shooter Incidents Casualties per year\

Active Shooter Incidents Casualty Breakdown Per Year

Active Shooter Incident Location Categories


5/29/1914: The Empress of Ireland, carrying 1,477 passengers and crew, collides with the Norwegian freighter Storstad in the gulf of Canada’s St. Lawrence River resulting in the drowning of over 1000 passengers and crew



Sandy Hook Elementary School: The unintended consequences of well-intended generosity.


“……In the six and a half years since the deadliest elementary school shooting in American history, more than $100 million in federal, state, corporate and private money flowed into this community of about 28,000 in southwestern Connecticut……so much money engulfed the vulnerable, wounded Newtown that it inevitably sowed division. The town became a case study of how Americans’ material expressions of grief can become more an obstacle than an aid to recovery……..”

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“……..Lesson 1” from Sandy Hook is for the authorities — the mayor, the city council or the governor — to swiftly establish a single nonprofit benefiting victims and their families, so money intended for them is not atomized, or given to charities that lack the experience or ability to distribute it to them.


5/24/1964: More than 300 fans were killed and another 500 people were injured in the violent melee that followed a football match at National Stadium in Lima, Peru.


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