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Disasters of the Northwest

Disasters of the Northwest

by Greg Oberst, Lisa Wojna


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Disasters both natural and accidental have marked the Northwest. More than just curiosities, these stories chronicle events and personal experiences of people who have faced tragedy and loss with courage and an indomitable spirit. Sometimes sad and often inspiring, our stories are always worth knowing about:

It's hard to imagine how a bucket of glue could bring down an entire city, but in 1889, Seattle's bustling business district ground to a blazing halt

Harry Truman, owner of Spirit Lake Lodge in Washington, might have had just enough time to turn around and see the eruption of Mount St. Helens before the hot ash buried both him and his lodge

The largest mine disaster in Idaho's history killed 91 miners when a fire broke out in the Sunshine Mine in May 1972

In 1959, you could park a cargo truck packed with 6.5 tons of explosive materials on a city street and not get so much as a ticket, even if it blew up, as the citizens of Roseburg, Oregon, can testify

In 1949, when Lowell Elementary School in Tacoma shook from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, an 11-year-old boy saved another child and gave up his own life

During World War II, few people knew that the Japanese attacked the United States mainland numerous times from 1942 to 1945, including one attack that proved deadly.

And so many more incredible, important and true Disasters of the Northwest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926677545
Publisher: Folklore Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

I Natural Disasters

Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami 13

Pacific Northwest Earthquake 23

Modern-day Earthquakes 28

Earthquake Shakes Vacation Spot 36

Eruption of Mount St. Helens 41

Avalanche in the Cascade Mountains 55

Two Tornadoes 60

Heppner Flood 64

Great Northwest Floods 70

Wind Storms 83

Columbus Day Storm 86

Pelican Bay Storm 95

Forest and Wildfires of the Northwest 99

II Accidental Disasters

Fires of the Northwest 123

Fire in Astoria 137

Silver Lake Fire 142

1-5/Field Burning Accident 144

Last Voyage of the Pacific 149

Sinking of the Czarina 161

Explosion on the Gazelle 167

Beaching of the New Carissa 172

Ravensdale Mine Explosion 179

Sunshine Mine Disaster 183

Roseburg Blast 193

Morrison Street Bridge Collapse 198

Spokane Indians Bus Crash 200

Collapse of Galloping Gertie 205

DC-8 Crash 213

Tacoma Trolley Accident 221

III Military and Wartime Disasters

Military Incidents and Accidents 226

Japanese Attacks on Mainland U.S.A 243

Conclusion 251

Notes on Sources 252

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