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12/6/1907: The worst mining disaster in American history.

History Channel

An explosion in a network of mines owned by the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah kills 361 coal miners.


After the earthquake in Iran: The new wing of the Imam Khomeini hospital partly crumpled like “an empty soft-drink can in the hands of a child” while the original hospital building, 40 years old, stood beside the wreckage, barely damaged.

NY Times

  • The magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 500 people in Iran and eight in neighboring Iraq.

  • More than 40,000 properties became uninhabitable including many newly built state hospitals, schools, apartment complexes and even army barracks.

  • The earthquake has laid bare what many Iranians have been saying for a long time: Corruption inside state organizations has led to shoddy construction work and undermined Iran’s infrastructure.

 


Nov. 9, 1965: The great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.


11/7/1940: Only four months after its completion, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State collapses.

History Channel

‘…………The Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened with great fanfare on July 1, 1940. Human traffic across the waters of the Tacoma Narrows increased dramatically, but many drivers were drawn to the toll bridge not by convenience but by an unusual characteristic of the structure. When moderate to high winds blew, as they invariably do in the Tacoma Narrows, the bridge roadway would sway from side to side and sometimes suffer excessive vertical undulations. Some drivers reported that vehicles ahead of them would disappear and reappear several times as they crossed the bridge. On a windy day, tourists treated the bridge toll as the fee paid to ride a roller-coaster ride, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge earned the nickname “Galloping Gertie.”….Experts still disagree on the exact cause of the bridge’s destruction, but most agree the collapse was related to resonance, a phenomenon that also comes into play when a soprano shatters a glass with her voice. In the case of the Tacoma Narrows, the wind resonated with the natural frequency of the structure, causing a steady increase in amplitude until the bridge was destroyed……..’


An oil rig storage platform exploded into flames on Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain with 7 reported injured and taken to hospital.

NY Times

 


A dam in northwestern Puerto Rico suffered structural damage on Friday prompting the evacuation of 70,000 nearby in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

NY Times

 


8/24/2003: A major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada.

History Channel

 


At least 3,782 people and 1,485 cars were evacuated from Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks after a construction mishap damaged the area’s main power line, plunging the islands into darkness and shutting off air-conditioners.

NY Times

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Ohio State Fair: 1 dead, 7 injured; the ‘worst tragedy in the history’ of the state fair

Columbus Dispatch

 


The Mumbai police on Wednesday arrested a man affiliated with a local political party, accusing him of making illegal alterations to the ground floor of a five-story building that caused it to collapse a day earlier, killing at least 17 people and injuring many others.

NY Times

“…..The building’s collapse is reflective of a sadly familiar phenomenon in India. A severe housing shortage, lax regulation and political corruption have resulted in too many people crowded into old, weak and substandard structures. Politically connected people such as contractors and developers often circumvent safety rules with impunity until disaster strikes…..”

 


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