Disasters

24 August AD 79 – Pompeii is Engulfed by Ash

The Destruction of Pompeii as Envisioned in the 2014 movie - Pompeii

Vesuvius erupts with furious violence and devastating results Pliny the Elder, the commander of the Roman fleet, was at home in Misenum, which is just at the Northern end of the Bay of Naples working on some papers after having enjoyed a much deserved and relaxing lunch. He was distracted from his work by his sister who had noticed “a ...

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The Blantyre Mining Disaster

The Blantyre Mining Disaster

During the Industrial Revolution and in the subsequent years before worker protection laws were put into place, it was a matter of course that profits were placed before people.  When coupled with the dangerous occupation of mining, one is left with a recipe for disaster. In Blantyre, Scotland in the wee hours of the morning of 22 October 1877, over ...

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The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London - 1666

On the evening of September 2, 1666, a fire started in the bakery of Thomas Farriner which was located on Pudding Lane near London Bridge. It was the start of a major disaster which, over the next few days, would go on to consume 430 acres, encompassing over 13,000 homes and over 80 churches, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, a total of 80% ...

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