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You will be required to research and write a report on a disaster of your choice. You will also give an oral presentation to the class on your disaster.

Maximum of three pages word processed, including any photos or diagrams.
Must include a title page and a bibliography page
Report must answer the following questions:

  • Who? - persons involved in the disaster
  • When? time disaster happened
  • Where? - place disaster happened
  • What? - a description of the disaster
  • Could this disaster have been prevented?

Oral presentation will give a brief description of the disaster and tell the class what could have been done to prevent this disaster. Ms. Hundt expects that each presentation will be three to five minutes long.


World Book Online

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Kinds of disasters to consider:

A. Fire:

The Great Fire of London in 1666:The Great Fire of London of 1666
The Great Fire of London 1666 - Luminarium Encyclopedia Project
London's Burning: The Great Fire
The Great Fire of London 1666 - London Fire Brigade
The Great Fire of London 1666 - Museum of London
The Great Fire of London 1666 - About.com European History

The Great Chicago Fire:

The Great Chicago Fire - Chicago Historical Society
The Great Chicago Fire-You tube
Chicago Fire of 1871
The Great Chicago Fire October 9, 1871
The Great Chicago Fire - Encyclopedia Britannica

The Thompson/Barriere Fires 2003:
The Thompson/Barriere Fires 2003
The McClure Fire, August 2003
Barriere: A Decade Later
Barriere Wildfire 2003
Beneath the Ash - Documentary
B.C.'s 'firestorms' a decade ago serve as warning of what could happen today

The Kelowna Fire

City Under Fire
2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Fire History
Okanagan Mountain Park Fire
Documentary relives impact of Okanagan Mountain Park fire
Lessons learned from the Okanagan Mountain Park fire
Kelowna: 10 years after the fires
Kelowna, B.C., residents emotions still raw over 2003 firestorm that destroyed hundreds of homes

B. Marine Disasters:
The Birkenhead:
The Birkenhead Disaster
Birkenhead - Submerged
The sinking of the HMS Birkenhead and the Danger Point Lighthouse
Wreck of HMS Birkenhead

The Andrea Doria:

Andrea Doria: Tragedy and Rescue at Sea
Secrets of the Dead: The Sinking of the Andrea Doria
Lost Liners - Andrea Doria
Andrea Doria : The Sinking of the Unsinkable
Andrea Doria - Ships collide off Nantucket
Andrea Doria Story: The Greatest Coordinated Sea Rescue

HMS Victoria:

HMS Victoria-you tube
Pre-Dreadnought Preservation H.M.S. Victoria
Nelson's £1million sword is discovered at the bottom of the Med (but the shipwreck it's on is called the Victoria, not the Victory)
HMS Victoria - Admiral Tyron's Blunder
The battleship HMS Victoria,sunk in Lebanon,the pictures
H.M.S. Victoria (1888 - 1893)

The General Slocum:

A Spectacle of Horror – The Burning of the General Slocum
General Slocum: A Steamship Tragedy
The Hell Gate: The General Slocum
Remember The General Slocum
The General Slocum
The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum

The Medusa:

The Wreck of the Medusa: The Most Famous Sea Disaster of the Nineteenth Century
The Wreck Of The MEDUSA:The Most Famous Sea Disaster of the Nineteenth Century
The Medusa
Incompetence Marked Medusa Disaster

La Bourgogne:
The Sinking of the La Bourgogne
La Bourgogne
La Bourgogne
HORRORS OF LA BOURGOGNE.; Passengers Tell of the Heart Rending Scenes of the Wreck While Returning to Boston.

C. Mining Disasters:
The Cherry, Illinois 1909:
The Cherry Illinois 1909The 1909 Cherry Mine disaster

The Cherry Coal Mine Disaster
Small-town Cherry plans special events to commemorate 1909 mine disaster
Report on the Cherry Mine Disaster
How Regulation came to be: The Cherry Mine Disaster - Part I

The Cape Breton coal mining disaster

Men in the Mines: A History of Mining Activity in Nova Scotia, 1720-1992
1958 Springhill Mine Disaster
Springhill Coal Mine Disaster Nova Scotia Canada 1956
Springhill Mining Disasters
N.S. town marks 1958 mining disaster that killed 75 men
Coal mining disaster The 1958 Springhill Bump
Springhill Coal Mining National Historic Site of Canada

D. Aviation Disasters:


The Hindenberg:

The Hindenburg A Giant and Luxurious Airship75 Years Since the Hindenburg Disaster
The Hindenberg Disaster - History Channel
The Hindenburg Disaster
The Mystery of the Hindenburg Disaster
Curiousity: History of the Hindenburg
The Mystery of the Hindenburg Disaster Finally Solved?
75 Years Since the Hindenburg Disaster
The Hindenburg Crashes - How Stuff Works

The Uruguayan rugby crash in the Andes
1972: Survivors found 10 weeks after plane crash
'I had to eat piece of my friend to survive': Torment of 1972 Andes plane crash survivor still haunted by his ordeal 40 years later
Andes crash survivor: Eating human flesh bought us time

911 Air Crashes:
September 11th Flights 3 of 4 Hijacked Planes Encounter No Resistance
The Crash of Flight 93
Flight 93 Crash Site
9/11: Plane crashes into the South Tower of the Trade Center
9/11: Timeline of Events
9/11: Voices from the doomed planes
2001: September 11 terrorists attacks

The Challenger Space Disaster

Challenger Disaster Live on CNN Remembering Challenger: NASA's 1st Shuttle Tragedy
5 Myths of Challenger Shuttle Disaster Debunked
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
Challenger Disaster - A NASA Tragedy Part 1: The Launch and Disaster
7 Myths About the Challenger Shuttle Disaster
Challenger Space Shuttle
The Space Shuttle Files: The Challenger Disaster

E. Natural Disasters:

The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906:

The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
1906 San Francisco Earthquake - About.com 20th Century History
San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Casualties and damage after the 1906 Earthquake

Eruption of Krakatoa:

Krakatoa Volcano: Facts About 1883 Eruption
Describe the 1883 eruption of Krakatau
KRAKATAU, INDONESIA (1883) - How Volcanoes Work
The eruption of Krakatoa, August 27, 1883
Krakatoa Volcano Eruption in 1883 Was a Worldwide Weather and Media Event
Mount Krakatoa
How Krakatoa made the biggest bang

Eruption of Mt. St. Helens:

Mount St. Helens Eruption: Facts & Information
Mt. St. Helens Eruption (1980) - How Volcanoes Work
Mt. St. Helens 1980 Cataclysmic Eruption
History - Mt. St. Helens
Historical Importance of the Eruption of Mt St Helens:
Mt. St. Helens Science and Learning Center

Tsunami - Dec. 26, 2005:

11 Facts About the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
Reconnaissance Report on The December 26, 2004 Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami
The Deadliest Tsunami in History?
Thailand's Coast, One Year After the Tsunami

Hurricane Andrew:

Revisiting 1992 Hurricane Andrew's Impact
Hurricane Andrew's Legacy: 'Like A Bomb' In Florida
Hurricane Andrew: A Recollection
Preliminary Report Hurricane Andrew 16 - 28 August, 1992
Hurricane Andrew - National Geographic
Hurricane Andrew: Florida residents remember the storm

Hurricane Katrina:

11 Facts About Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina - History.com
Hurricane Katrina: Facts, Damage & Aftermath
Impact of Katrina Exodus Felt Far and Wide
Hurricane Katrina Facts
Hurricane Recovery Program

Hurricane Camille:
Hurricane Camille - Storm of the Century
Hurricane Camille
A look back at Hurricane Camille
Unprecedented rain: Hurricane Camille’s deadly flood in the Blue Ridge mountains
Hurricane Camille (August 1969) - Encyclopedia Virginia
1969- Hurricane Camille - Hurricanes: Science and Society

Ice storm in Ontario and Quebec:

The Great Ice Storm of '98 - Ottawa Citizen
Canadian Ice Storm in 1998
15 years later: Ice storm revisited
Ice Storm 1998 - The Canadian Encyclopedia
Taken by Storm - 1998 Ice Storm - The Weather Network
Quebec’s Ice Storm ’98: “all cards wild, all rules broken” Quebec’s shell-shocked hospitals
ICE STORM 1998 Struck powerless

The Manitoba Flood:

Red River Flood - The Canadian Encyclopedia
Manitoba Flood Facts
Flood Fighting in Manitoba
Memories of 1997 This Year's Flood Forecast Brings to Mind Grim Era in Manitoba History
The Manitoba Floods
Canadian Military Rushes to Manitoba Flood Zone
Remembering the Flood of the Century (1997)
The 1997 Red River flood in Manitoba, Canada

Research Tips for this assigment:
How do I make a bibliography for this assignment?
Check out the following site:
How to Create a Proper Bibliography

How do I make sure that I do not plagiarize on this assignment?
Check out the following site:
Plagiarism - What it is and How to Avoid it