Oregon Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

Oregon Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

by Rachel Dresbeck
     
 

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True accounts of major disasters in Oregon history are retold in this engagingly written collection. Among the true accounts dramatically retold are the deadly Mount Hood avalanche of 1927, the 1933 Tillamook forest fire (one of the worst in U.S. history), the devastating tsunami of 1964, and the 1903 flash flood in Heppner, which carried away a fourth of the town's… See more details below

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True accounts of major disasters in Oregon history are retold in this engagingly written collection. Among the true accounts dramatically retold are the deadly Mount Hood avalanche of 1927, the 1933 Tillamook forest fire (one of the worst in U.S. history), the devastating tsunami of 1964, and the 1903 flash flood in Heppner, which carried away a fourth of the town's inhabitants. Each story reveals not only the circumstances surrounding the disaster and the magnitude of the devastation but also the courage and ingenuity displayed by those who survived and the heroism of those who helped others, often risking their own lives in rescue efforts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762739936
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Disasters Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.67(d)

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Events happend so quickly that it was hard to know exactly what happened. Truck driver Kevin Sterba was driving a wood-chip truck--slowly, with the lights turned on, since smoke was limiting what he could see. Suddenly, he said, there was a big black cloud of smoke that absolutely blinding. A dairy truck driver said he could see for about 100 yards; then all at once, he was engulfed by darkness. Somehow, he was able to drive between the chip truck and another car. Then he climbed out of his truck and into an inferno. Trucks were on fire. Cars were on fire. People were climbing through the grass on the side of the freeway and running from the flames. Then, said another survivor, there was nothing but "glass busting, metal crushing, and screaming."

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