Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Fires/Wildfires’ Category

4/18/1906: At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, and killed an estimated 3,000 people, destroyed some 30 000 buildings and created 20 000 refugees



Notre dame: After the fire

Six months after the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, the town of Paradise remains a disaster zone.


“…..Before the wildfire, the population of Paradise was about 26,000. Today, it’s in the hundreds……The deadly fire may also have contaminated up to 173 miles of pipeline in the town’s water system with cancer-causing benzene and other volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. …..”

Texas City, Texas, 4/16/1947: Nearly 600 people lost their lives and thousands were injured when the fertilizer-laden Grandcamp exploded


Notre Dame in flames

Durham, North Carolina: One person has been killed and at least 15 are injured after an explosion and massive fire consumes a building downtown



Dhaka, Bangladesh: The high-rise building where fire and smoke killed 25 people, did not have a proper fire suppression system — and some of its emergency exit doors were locked


3/25/1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down, killing 146 workers


CDC: The proper use of generators

Use generators outside, in a dry area, and at least 20 feet from windows, doors, and vents.

3/10/1906: An underground fire sparked a massive explosion in a mine killing over 1,000 workers in Courrieres, France



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