Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Historical Event’ Category

The Blackout of 8/14/2003: “A major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada on August 14, 2003. 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…..”


8/12/1985: A Japan Air Lines Boeing 747SR crashes into Mount Otsuka killing over 500 souls



8/12/2000: The Kursk, a Russian nuclear submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea killing all 118 crew members are later found dead.


Aug. 11, 1965: The Watts Riot begins


“….The five days of violence left 34 dead, 1,032 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested, and $40 million worth of property destroyed…..”

How many victims after the Chernobyl disaster?


“…….Viktor Sushko, deputy director general of the National Research Centre for Radiation Medicine (NRCRM) based in Kiev, Ukraine, describes the Chernobyl disaster as the “largest anthropogenic disaster in the history of humankind”. The NRCRM estimate around five million citizens of the former USSR, including three million in Ukraine, have suffered as a result of Chernobyl, while in Belarus around 800,000 people were registered as being affected by radiation following the disaster.

Even now the Ukrainian government is paying benefits to 36,525 women who are considered to be widows of men who suffered as a result of the Chernobyl accident.

As of January 2018, 1.8 million people in Ukraine, including 377,589 children, had the status of victims of the disaster, according to Sushko and his colleagues. There has been a rapid increase in the number of people with disabilities among this population, rising from 40,106 in 1995 to 107,115 in 2018……..”

8/7/1998: A massive truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and minutes later, another truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, both resulting in 224 killed and over 4500 wounded.



7/31/1715: A hurricane strikes the east coast of Florida, sinking 10 Spanish treasure ships and killing nearly 1,000 people


7/28/1945: In heavy fog, a United States military plane crashes into the Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

7/28/1976: At 3:42 a.m., an earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 magnitude on the Richter scale flattens Tangshan, China killing an estimated 242,000 people.


the Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria and the Swedish ocean liner Stockholm collide in a heavy Atlantic fog resulting in 51 deaths.



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