Category: Disasters

16 March 1978 Amoco Cadiz runs aground

Amoco Cadiz was a large crude oil carrier sailing under the Liberian flag of convenience. It ran aground on Portsall Rocks, 5 km (3 miles) from the coast of Brittany, France, on 16 March 1978, and split in

6 March 1987 Zeebrugge Ferry disaster

  The car and passenger ferry (MS Herald of Free Enterprise) owned by Townsend Thoresen, had been designed for rapid loading and unloading and there were no watertight compartments. When the ship left harbour...

28 February 1975  London Underground Moorgate Station crash

28 February 1975 London Underground Moorgate Station crash

The Moorgate tube crash occurred on Friday 28 February 1975 at 08:46 on the Northern City Line, then known as the Northern Line. A southbound train failed to stop at the Moorgate terminus and crashed into the wall at...

28 December 1879   Tay Rail Bridge collapses

28 December 1879 Tay Rail Bridge collapses

  On the evening of 28 December 1879, a violent storm was blowing and usage of the bridge was restricted to one train at a time . At 7:13 pm a train from the headed...

21 October 1966  Aberfan Disaster

21 October 1966 Aberfan Disaster

    It took just five minutes for the coal tip above Aberfan to slide down the mountain and engulf a farm, several houses and a school. Pupils at Pantglas Junior School were just...

18 May 1980  Mt St. Helens erupts

18 May 1980 Mt St. Helens erupts

At 8.32 am, the volcano erupted. and with an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of the  mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. In a few moments this...

27 March 1977 Tenerife Airport Disaster

The Tenerife airport disaster occurred on Sunday, March 27, 1977, when two Boeing 747 passenger aircraft collided on the runway of LosRodeos Airport (now known as Tenerife North Airport) on the Spanish island of Tenerife. With 583 fatalities, the crash is the deadliest...

9 March 1946 Burnden Park Disaster

The Burnden Park Disaster  occurred on 9 March 1946 at Burnden Park football stadium, the home of Bolton Wanderers. The crush resulted in the deaths of 33 people and injuries to hundreds of Bolton fans The match was...