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What's the worst disaster ever?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Batman, Sep 4, 2007.


What's the worst natural or man-made disaster in history?

  1. Chernobyl meltdown (1986)

    1 vote(s)
  2. Hurricane Katrina (2005)

    3 vote(s)
  3. San Francisco earthquake (1906)

    1 vote(s)
  4. Hurricane Mitch (1998)

    1 vote(s)
  5. Mount Vesuvius eruption (79 A.D.)

    2 vote(s)
  6. 1918 Flu outbreak

    7 vote(s)
  7. Indian Ocean tsunami (2004)

    2 vote(s)
  8. Bhopal chemical leak (1980-something)

    0 vote(s)
  9. Johnstown flood (1889)

    0 vote(s)
  10. Galveston hurricane (1900)

    3 vote(s)
  11. Titanic sinks (1912)

    0 vote(s)
  12. Michigan vs. Appalachian State (2007)

    9 vote(s)
  13. Bubonic plague (Europe, 1300s)

    13 vote(s)
  14. Hindenburg explodes (1936)

    0 vote(s)
  15. Krakatoa (1883?)

    0 vote(s)
  16. Other

    4 vote(s)
  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    So I've got insomnia and end up watching Engineering Disasters on History Channel International at 1 a.m. Sunday. Good stuff. Got me to thinking about some of the worst disasters of all-time, and what a top-10 list would look like. Woke up this morning and it was still in my head so I figured I'd post a poll and see what SportsJournalists.com's list looks like.
    The rules are it can't be an intentional act (so no 9/11) or an act of war (like the Hiroshima and Nagasaki a-bombs). And the worst of the worst should have some major historical implications.
  2. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Get Michigan-Appalachian State off the list and put the Hindenberg on the list. Don't know what I'm voting for yet.
  3. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    what? No bubonic plague? sheesh. The plague gets NO love here.
  4. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    To be fair, Spaceman, if it happened before ESPN it really didn't happen.
  5. Philosopher

    Philosopher Member

    The Holocaust? Black Plague?
  6. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Why is Brown Shoes Worn With Tuxedo not on this list?
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Isn't the Galveston hurricane the most deadly weather-related disaster in American history?
  8. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Krakatoa should surely be on the short list.
  9. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    Or Socks with Birks?


    I voted for the Galveston hurricane, especially after watching the History Channel special featuring it.
  10. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    The invention of ringtones.
  11. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    That was my first thought.
  12. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    I'd still go with the tsunami. 283,000 dead, and it didn't take as long as the plague.
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