Accidents & Disasters

List of accidents and disasters by death toll

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This page lists accidents and disasters sorted by death toll. It does not include natural disasters, or death tolls caused by deliberate violence.



Not including bombings, aviation incidents and mine disasters

>> 2 – Residential Propane Explosion, September 11, 1982, Phillips, Wisconsin (posted by survivor)

Structural fires

Flood disasters

Excluding natural disasters i.e. floods caused by natural forces such as tsunami or high rainfall and dam failure caused by natural disaster such as earthquake or exceptional rainfall

Coal mine disasters


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Lists of aviation accidents and incidents

Related topics
For more exhaustive lists, see the Aircraft Crashes Record Office (ACRO) and Aviation Safety Network websites.


This section lists peacetime shipping disasters only. For wartime shipping disasters, see List of battles and other violent events by death toll.

Space exploration

See also List of space disasters.

Sporting events

Industrial accidents

Stampedes and panics

Animal attacks

Nuclear and radiation accidents

A monument to the victims of the Chernobyl disaster at Moscow’s Mitino cemetery, where some of the firefighters who battled the flames and later died of radiation exposure are buried.

Train accidents

Train accidents with 100+ deaths.

Structural collapses

Other accidents


  1. ^ Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
  2. ^ The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey). Bridget Malone and Sue Epstein. For 3 days, the ground shook in South Amboy. October 4, 1998 Sunday.
  3. ^ Corporate Accountability, Corus Port Talbot incident
  4. ^ a b Morgan, Eric. “Other Infamous and Deadly Fires”. Our Lady of the Angels School Fire. Retrieved on 2008-01-02.
  5. ^ “More than 50 die in fire at new year celebration”. 2009-01-01.,27574,24861926-401,00.html. Retrieved on 2009-01-01.
  6. ^ “” Key dates in fire history. Retrieved on 200802-21.
  7. ^ England, Vaudine. [1998] (1998). The Quest of Noel Croucher: Hong Kong’s Quiet Philanthropist Hong Kong University Press. Hong Kong (China). ISBN 9622094732. p 237.
  8. ^ Hotel Fire Case.The worst day in Tucson History
  9. ^ NFPA :: Research & Reports :: Fire statistics :: Key dates in fire history
  10. ^ Emerald: Article Request – Fire safety facilities assessment for karaokes
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  14. ^ Vaeth, J. Gordon, “They Sailed the Skies: U.S. Navy Balloons and the Airship Program”, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2005, ISBN 1-59114-914-2, pages 95-96.
  15. ^ Xinhua – English
  16. ^, 40 die as Philippine ferry overturns; captain held
  17. ^, Death toll in Masbate sea mishap hits 42 – official
  18. ^ Guinness World Records: Worst Sport Disaster
  19. ^ Olympiacos Official website for Karaiskaki stadium Gate 7 tragedy of 8/2/1981 (and in Greek). Also in the Greek Wikipedia entry for Olympiacos including the names of the dead.
  20. ^ Furiani disaster wiki (and in French).
  21. ^ Alfonso de Portago – 1957 season profile | F1 Racing | Crash.Net
  22. ^ Motorsport Memorial
  23. ^ For references, see Munich massacre#References
  24. ^ The Last Great Road Race – Paris-Madrid 1903 – DLM Journal
  25. ^ Paris – Madrid – 1903
  26. ^ “Recalling the catastrophe of San Juanico”. Retrieved on 2008-04-21.
  27. ^ “IAEA Report”. In Focus: Chernobyl. Retrieved on 2008-05-31.
  28. ^ Medical management of radiation accidents pp. 299 & 303.
  29. ^ a b Strengthening the Safety of Radiation Sources p. 15.
  30. ^ The Worst Nuclear Disasters
  31. ^ Lost Iridium-192 Source
  32. ^ The Radiological Accident in Goiania p. 2.

See also

Other lists organized by death toll

Other lists with similar topics

Topics dealing with similar themes

External links

Updated: June 24, 2009 — 9:51 pm

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