Disasters history The Great Fire of London One can’t discuss the history of London without including the Great Fire of London. As many know, in September 1666 the city of London was devastated by a fire. The long hot summer joined with the largely timber construction of London left it only needing a spark which was provided at the house of Thomas Farynor, the king's baker in Pudding Lane, near London Bridge on Sunday the 2nd September. The buildings at the time were only divided by narrow streets and therefore the fire spread rapidly. (See Figure 1) Luckily for Southwark and surrounding areas, London Bridge, which was burning by dawn, acted as a firebreak.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire was the most devastating yet important event of the 20th century, due to the numerous deaths and impact on the improvement of working conditions, especially those concerning safety. On March 25, 1911, between 4:30 and 4:45 P.M., the Triangle factory began to go up in flames. Because of the fire, many lives were lost due to suffocation from the fire, or death by jumping as many people chose to jump rather than burn. Although the fire was under control by 5:15 P.M., out of the 500 people employed by the Triangle company 146 died and 71 were injured. The fire took place in the Asch Building, now known as the Brown Building, located at 23-29 Washington Place in Manhattan, New York.
This was provided at the house of Thomas Farynor, the King’s baker in Pudding Lane…”’ (“London’s Burning: The Great Fire”, 1). In this area was known as a poor area and it was also very dirty. All the houses were made out of wood, which fed the fire and it started to spread. The baker’s house was the first house to burn down and that is also where the first tragedy took place. The wind was strong during this time and as it blew it would push the fire and help it spread through the city.
Massive firestorms engulfed the cities leaving thei... ... middle of paper ... ...and reconstruct was not required in the most recent earthquake. The Great Kanto Earthquake was the deadliest, most devastating earthquake in Japanese history because of the widespread damage throughout Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, and the surrounding areas. Evidence suggests that it was not solely the earthquake that caused so much damage, but the natural disasters that occurred resulting from it. More than half of the population fell a victim to the affects due its unexpected arrival. This information is important to note because it is a natural disaster that cost four times the national budget of Japan in 1923 and killed around 140,000 people of the population.
Thousands died, but even more faced the encumbrance of homelessness. As if that could not worsen, fires went on afterward for as long as three days. Nevertheless, San Francisco transformed like a phoenix; its ashes turned into a beautiful city full of fascinating buildings in a matter of months. 1906, a year of a significant natural disaster, also became a year that spawned knowledge in the field of seismology. No one will ever forget the appalling chain of events that took place during the early twentieth century.
Lives were lost, and members of the different communities lives were changed. Even though the Black Death affected many lay members of the community, the Black Death affected the members of the clergy and the church in Europe to the greatest extent. During the time of the Black Death, the clergy and the church had a large responsibility to the European community. The Black Death began in 1347 and reshaped European society. The plague virus was contracted in the early 1300s, when ships had a new design, which enabled them to ship year-round .
(Kephart, 2005) According to the Encyclopedia of New York State, at 12:18 P.M. on Friday, 26 Feb 1993, a powerful explosion shook the earth and knocked out the power in Lower Manhattan, New York. Most would say it felt like an earthquake. It had marked the beginning of a new phase of terrorism involving the killing of innocent civilians. A bomb that weighed somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds had exploded in the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center (WTC), the tallest building in the Manhattan complex. The explosion created the dark, smoke-filled stairways of the building and forced an immediate evacuation of about 50,000 people from the 110- story WTC that took more than six hours.
The casualties for the first part which was August, 1940 to May 10, 1941 were: 18,629 men; 16,201 women; and 5,028 children were killed along with 695 unidentified charred bodies. Aside from the deaths there were 51,000 seriously injured and 88,000 slightly injured. By the end of the 1950’s most of the war damage that happened during The Blitz in London was repaired. After the war London’s landscape was very much changed during the reconstruction, it changed the London skyline, they also added high-rise offices and also adding apartment buildings. This bombing changed the lives of many people, The Blitz was a very dramatic time for London sometimes it may seem that it all happened for the better or even for the worse, but everything happens for a reason.
As prices rose, so did the peasants tempers. Violence was not uncommon in European towns and cities. Revolts were a way to release stress. The plague became an epidemic again in 1665, and killed about 100,000 people in that summer. In 1666 the London fire helped to suppress the plague to the point where it did not spread like it did before.
Although the shaking lasted for less than a minute, the devastated city had crumbled buildings and a substantial loss of lives. The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 had a lasting effect on the city and its people, and it proved to be one of the most catastrophic disasters in history. The science of the natural disaster has baffled many, but from studying the San Francisco earthquake, scientists have made a number of important discoveries and they have a better understanding of earthquakes. At 5:12 on a fateful April morning in 1906, the mammoth Pacific and North American plates sheared at an incredible twenty-one feet along the San Andreas fault, surpassing the annual average of two inches (“San Francisco Earthquake of 1906”)(“The Great 1906 Earthquake and Fires”). The shearing caused a loud rumble in the Californian city of San Francisco.