Pennsylvania Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

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It’s only human to be fascinated by disasters—and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Karen Ivory takes you back to Pennsylvania’s most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Keystone State forever. The twenty-two true stories in Pennsylvania Disasters are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of nature. Experience the drama of:The Johnstown flood that killed more than 2,000 people The ...
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Overview

It’s only human to be fascinated by disasters—and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. Karen Ivory takes you back to Pennsylvania’s most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the Keystone State forever. The twenty-two true stories in Pennsylvania Disasters are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected and to respect the powerful, often deadly forces of nature. Experience the drama of:The Johnstown flood that killed more than 2,000 people The toxic smog that blanketed Donora and left hundreds gravely ill or deadA baseball outing gone wrong—the terrible train wreck of the Phillies Special A dangerous underground inferno that has been burning since 1962 Three Mile Island—the most serious accident to take place at a U.S. commercial nuclear power plantThe final heart-wrenching minutes of September 11’s Flight 93
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“The flood then set its sights on Mineral Point, a town a mile below the viaduct. Witnesses described how by this point the water was ripping trees out by the roots and stripping hillsides down to bare rock. In Mineral Point, houses were ripped from their foundations and railroad locomotives were washed along by the growing wave of water and debris. The town was destroyed.” --from Chapter 4
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762742868
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Disasters Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 947,713
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Ivory, a former broadcast journalist in Philadelphia and New York, is a freelance writer happily based in the City of Brotherly Love.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Yellow Fever Epidemic (1793)Chapter 2: The Great Pittsburgh Fire (1845)Chapter 3: The Camp Hill & Shohola Collisions (1856 and 1864)Chapter 4: The Johnstown Flood (1889)Chapter 5: Coal Mine Calamities (1904, 1907, 1908)Chapter 6: Harrisburg Rail Yard Explosion (1905)Chapter 7: The Boyertown Opera House Fire (1908)Chapter 8: Eddystone & Oakdale Explosions (1917, 1918)Chapter 9: The Chester Bridge Collapse (1921)Chapter 10: The Crash of the Congressional Limited (1943)Chapter 11: The Donora Smog Crisis (1948)Chapter 12: The Wreck of the Phillies Special (1962)Chapter 13: Underground Centralia Fires (1962 – present)Chapter 14: Hurricane Agnes (1972)Chapter 15: Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak (1976)Chapter 16: Three Mile Island (1979)Chapter 17: Tornado Outbreak (1985)Chapter 18: The Schoolyard Crash that Killed a Senator (1991)Chapter 19: The Crash of US Air Flight 427 (1994)Chapter 20: First the Snow, Then the Floods (1996)Chapter 21: The Heroic Crash of United Flight 93 (2001)Chapter 22: Quecreek Mine Rescue (2002)
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