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Snow Drifts over 30 feet high

Still snow in JULY!!!

Destroyed telegraph, telephone, electric poles and stopped all trains (including food and coal trains)

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Blizzard of 1888

Blizzard of 1888

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Blizzard of 1888

Blizzard of 1888

Because of the Blizzard, NYC and many

other cities put electric and telephone

cables underground. They also built

the subway underground too!

You had to shovel out the

Street!!

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Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Influenza Pandemic of 1918

This flu killed 23 million world wide500,000 in the United States

Avian flu (today) is similar to 1918, but it does pass human to human like it did in 1918

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Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Emergency Tent Hospital

This disaster led to the creation of

the Center for Disease Control

(CDC). They hire scientists to

cure diseases.

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The San Francisco Earthquake

The San Francisco Earthquake

April 18th 1906 San Francisco CA

Earthquake lasted only one minute

Fires broke out afterwards because of broken gas pipes and down electric wires

City burned for 3 days because of no water because all the water mains were broken

2/3 of San Francisco was destroyedit was home to over 400,000 people

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The San Francisco Earthquake

The San Francisco Earthquake

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The San Francisco Earthquake

The San Francisco Earthquake

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The San Francisco Earthquake

The San Francisco Earthquake

Now, California has some of

the strongest building codes

in the United States.

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The Wisconsin Forest Fire

The Wisconsin Forest Fire

October 8, 1871 Peshtigo, Wisconsin

Lumber Mill Town

Cause: Piles of debris and tree roots were on fire

Destroyed entire town and killed over 800 people

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The Wisconsin Forest Fire

The Wisconsin Forest Fire

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The Wisconsin Forest Fire

The Wisconsin Forest Fire

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October 8th 1871 Another disaster is smoldering

October 8th 1871 Another disaster is smoldering

Not many people knew about the Wisconsin Forest Fire because of another event that night stole the headlines

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