The History of Disasters

 A disaster is a terrible thing. When things go wrong on a monumental scale. These may be caused by nature, pollution, war or just plain bad luck. Today we will quiz you on the history of large disasters, natural and otherwise, and see how much you know about these horrific events.
 
 
Which US volcano erupted in 1980 that was located in the Northwest and lowered the mountain by nearly half a kilometer (1,500 feet)?
57 souls were lost and more than a billion dollars were caused in damages.
Mount St. Helens
Mauna Loa
Mount Baker
Mount Rainier
 
 
An outbreak of tornadoes in 1999 saw over 1,339 twisters appear in just one year, but on which continent?
In fact, this was only in the USA... What a weird year!
North America
Asia
Europe
Australia
 
 
What was the name given to the 2005 storm that flooded New Orleans, causing many deaths and over a 100 billion dollars in damages?
It was a large category 5 hurricane and saw the deaths of 1200-1800 people or more, as well as $125 billion in damages.
Katrina
Dennis
Sally
Ivan
 
 
In mid-2010s, the world's most tragic oil spill took place in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a methane gas explosion on which company's Deepwater Horizon rig?
The oil flowed for 87 days...
BP
Texaco
Shell
Mobil
 
 
What was the most terrible pandemic in world history?
The Black Death was a bubonic plague pandemic occurring in Afro-Eurasia from 1346 to 1353. It killed 75-200 million people.
The swine flu outbreak
The Black Death
The Ebola outbreak
The Spanish flu epidemic
 
 
In 1986, what U.S. space shuttle tragically disintegrated after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida?
73 seconds into its flight, it broke apart, tragically killing the 7 brave astronauts on board.
Columbus
Challenger
Discovery
Endeavour
 
 
In what year did an earthquake destroy San Francisco?
1972
1906
1802
1889
 
 
Avalanches can cause huge destruction. What is the most dangerous type of avalanche?
Slab avalanches are the most dangerous type and responsible for more than 90% of the deaths that occur in avalanches.
Wet avalanche
Dry slab avalanche
Ice fall avalanche
Loose snow avalanche
 
 
What natural disaster happened in 2003 and resulted in 20,000 deaths?
Unprepared for the sudden heat wave, most households did not have A/C and so many died of heat stroke.
An Indonesian tsunami
A European heat wave
A plague of locusts in the United States
A drought in Egypt
 
 
When did the Great Chicago Fire occur?
No one ever found out what started the fire...
1871
1912
1956
1812
 
 
In March, 2014, a Boeing 777 plane disappeared above the ocean, along with all 227 passengers. What Airline was the flight?
It was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the search became the most expensive one in aviation history.
Malaysia Airlines
Fiji Airways
Thai Airways
Air China
 
 
On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. It killed hundreds of thousands of people and is ranked as one of the deadliest of all time. How high was it on the Richter Scale?
The government of Haiti estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.
7.0
9.0
8.5
5.0
Shall We Try Again?
You didn't seem to know that much about great disasters. We can't blame you, it's not a lovely topic of discussion. However, those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Disasters are horrific things, but they also teach us to better prepare and try different strategies to deal with natural and man-made disasters. How about looking at our answers and learning a bit more about these disasters?
Well Done!
You know quite a bit about disasters, which is a good thing. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Disasters are horrific things, but they also teach us to better prepare and try different strategies to deal with natural and man-made disasters. You may not have a perfect score but you've shown you have a good knowledgebase. Look at our answers to learn more about these terrifying disasters.
You ACED It!
Wow, you really know the history of great disasters. That's actually a really good thing. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Disasters are horrific things, but they also teach us to better prepare and try different strategies to deal with natural and man-made disasters. Good for you on your great historical knowledge!
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