List of disasters in the United States by death toll

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This list of United States disasters by death toll includes disasters that occurred either in the United States, at diplomatic missions of the United States, or incidents outside of the United States in which a number of U.S. citizens were killed.

  • Domestic deaths due to war in America are included except the American Civil War. For stats on this and U.S. military deaths in foreign locations, see United States military casualties of war.
  • Due to inflation, the monetary damage estimates are not comparable. Unless otherwise noted, the year given is the year in which the currency's valuation was calculated.

Over 1,000,000 deaths[edit]

Year Type Fatalities Damage (US$) Article Location Comments
2020 – present Pandemic 1,016,000+ [1] see Economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States COVID-19 pandemic in the United States Throughout the United States Fatalities are accurate. Remains the deadliest disaster in United States history.

Over 100,000 deaths[edit]

Year Type Fatalities Damage (US$) Article Location Comments
1981 – present Pandemic 700,000 [2] HIV/AIDS in the United States Throughout the United States Fatalities estimated. Remains the second-deadliest disaster in United States history.
1918 – 1920 Pandemic 675,000 [3] 1918 influenza pandemic Throughout the United States Fatalities estimated. Remains the third-deadliest disaster in United States history.
1957 – 1958 Pandemic 116,000 [4] 1957–1958 influenza pandemic Throughout the United States Fatalities estimated. Remains the fourth-deadliest disaster in United States history.
1968 Pandemic 100,000 [5] 1968 influenza pandemic Throughout the United States Fatalities estimated. Remains the fifth-deadliest disaster in United States history.

Epidemics with lower death tolls are not included below. See List of epidemics for global statistics.

Over 400 deaths[edit]

Year Type Fatalities Damage (US$) Article Location Comments
1900 Tropical cyclone 6,000–12,000 $34,000,000 (1900) 1900 Galveston hurricane Texas Fatalities estimated. Remains the deadliest natural disaster in United States history.
1936 Heat wave 5,000 1936 North American heat wave United States, Canada
1862 Flood 4,000+ $100,000,000
(1862)
Great Flood of 1862 Western United States
1899 Tropical cyclone 3,389 $20,000,000
(1899)
1899 San Ciriaco hurricane Puerto Rico, East Coast of the United States
1906 Earthquake and fire (urban conflagration) 3,000+ $235,000,000
(1906)
1906 San Francisco earthquake San Francisco, California Conflagration followed quake; fatalities estimated; also major casualties in Santa Rosa and San Jose. Deadliest earthquake in U.S. history.
2001 Terrorism 2,996 $10,000,000,000
(2001)
September 11 attacks New York City, Arlington County, Virginia, and Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania 2,977 victims and 19 hijackers. Deadliest in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
2017 Tropical cyclone 2,982 (estimated) $94,500,000,000
(2017)[6]
Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, East Coast of the United States Total includes at least 2,975 deaths based on a study by GWU on the estimated excess mortality.[7] The official death count was previously 64.[8] The storm caused $90 billion (2017 USD) in damage in Puerto Rico, and three deaths in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as an additional 75 deaths and $1.6 billion in damage across the rest of the Caribbean.
1928 Tropical cyclone 2,823 $800,000,000
(2005)
1928 Okeechobee hurricane Florida, Puerto Rico 4,000+ believed dead total. Includes 2,511+ in the contiguous United States, 312 in Puerto Rico.
1941 Military strikebombing 2,467 Attack on Pearl Harbor Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii and nearby military installations 2,403 U.S. victims and 64 Japanese attackers. Deadliest attack on U.S. soil by a foreign government to date.
1889 Accidentdam burst 2,209 Johnstown Flood Pennsylvania Much rain, deforestation; dam failed
1893 Tropical cyclone 2,000 1893 Cheniere Caminada hurricane Louisiana Fatalities estimated
1865 Accidentshipwreck 1,700 Sultana Marion, Arkansas Steamboat sank due to boiler explosion; fatalities estimated. Deadliest maritime disaster in U.S. history
1980 Heat wave 1,700 $20,000,000,000
(1980 USD)
1980 United States heat wave Central and southern states Official death toll, may have been higher
1871 Wildfire 1,500–2,500 Peshtigo Fire Peshtigo, Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan Fatalities estimated; most deaths in single fire in U.S. history
1896 Heat wave 1,500 1896 Eastern North America heat wave Northeastern United States, Midwestern United States Fatalities estimated
2005 Tropical cyclone 1,245–1,836 $125,000,000,000

(2005)

Hurricane Katrina Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio Tied with Hurricane Harvey as the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
1943 Military strikebombing 1,173 HMT Rohna[9] Mediterranean Sea Luftwaffe glide bomb hit troopship causing the largest loss of U.S. soldiers (1,050) at sea due to enemy action in a single incident.
1904 Accidentshipwreck 1,021 PS General Slocum East River near New York City Steamship sank due to fire on board. Deadliest maritime disaster in New York City, and deadliest in city's history until 2001.
1893 Tropical cyclone 1,000–2,000 1893 Sea Islands hurricane Georgia, South Carolina Fatalities estimated
1918 Wildfire (rural) 1,000 $7,300,000 1918 Cloquet fire Minnesota
1978 Mass murder 918 Jonestown Jonestown, Guyana Jim Jones, cult leader of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, convinced most of the group to drink grape Flavor Aid poisoned with cyanide or to inject themselves and their children with cyanide, totaling 909 deaths of U.S. nationals. A family of four other Temple members committed murder/suicide by knife in Georgetown. Five others were shot and killed while trying to escape from Jonestown, including U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan.
1945 Military strikesubmarine 879 USS Indianapolis[10] Philippine Sea Largest loss of life in the history of the U.S. Navy at sea
1915 Accidentshipwreck 844 SS Eastland Chicago, Illinois Passenger ship capsized in Chicago harbor while loading charter for company picnic, causing great loss of life despite shallow water and proximity to land. Deadliest disaster in the history of Great Lakes shipping, and deadliest disaster in Chicago history.
1944 Military strikesubmarine 819 SS Léopoldville[11] English Channel Approximately 763 United States Army soldiers drowned.
1875 Tropical cyclone 800 1875 Indianola hurricane Louisiana, Texas Fatalities estimated
1944 Military strikeE-boats 749 Exercise Tiger English Channel USS LST-289, LST-507 and LST-531 sunk during a training exercise.[12]
1925 Tornado outbreak 747 $1,650,000,000
(2005)
Tornado outbreak of March 18, 1925 Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee At least 12 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Tri-State Tornado: 695 deaths (deadliest tornado in U.S. history)
  • Buck Lodge, Tennessee/Beaumont, Kentucky: 41 deaths
1919 Tropical cyclone 745 1919 Florida Keys hurricane Florida, Texas Including 488 deaths aboard SS Valbanera
1995 Heat wave 739 Chicago Heat Wave of 1995 Chicago, Illinois
1942 Military strikesubmarine 683 USS Juneau[13] Guadalcanal Sunk by submarine while retreating with damage from naval battle of Guadalcanal.
1938 Tropical cyclone 682–800 1938 New England hurricane
1943 Military strikesubmarine 675 SS Dorchester[14] Greenland United States troopship.
1913 Flood 650 Great Flood of 1913 Central United States, Eastern United States Fatalities estimated
1943 Military strikesubmarine 644 USS Liscombe Bay[15] Gilbert Islands Submarine torpedo detonated the aircraft carrier's bomb magazine during Operation Galvanic.
1903 Fire (building) 602 Iroquois Theatre fire Chicago, Illinois Worst theater fire in American history; worst single-building fire.
1928 Accidentdam failure 600 St. Francis Dam Santa Clarita, California
1947 Accidentexplosion 581 Texas City disaster Texas City, Texas Ammonium nitrate on board ship
1896 Tornado outbreak sequence 501+ $2,900,000,000
(1997)
Tornado outbreak sequence of May 1896 Central United States, Southern United States At least 38 tornadoes, including the following:
1804 Tropical cyclone 500+ 1804 Antigua–Charleston hurricane Southeastern United States
1865 Accidentfire, shipwreck 500 American steamship General Lyon (1864) Off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Fatalities estimated
1871 Wildfire (rural) 500 Great Michigan Fire Michigan Fatalities estimated
1942 Fire (building) 492 Cocoanut Grove fire Boston, Massachusetts Deadliest nightclub fire ever, and second-deadliest structure fire in U.S. history; loss of life due to blocked exits; burn victims were among the first treated with penicillin
1927 Exploitation, silicosis 476–1,000+ Hawks Nest Tunnel disaster Gauley Bridge, West Virginia 178 admitted deaths, 476 with congressional inquiry, 1,000+ by epidemiologists.
1936 Tornado outbreak 454+ 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee At least 12 tornadoes, including the following:
1913 Flood 428 1913 (Ohio) statewide flood Ohio
1894 Wildfire (rural) 418+ Great Hinckley Fire Hinckley, Minnesota and vicinity
1957 Tropical cyclone 416 $147,000,000
(1957)
Hurricane Audrey Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama
1935 Tropical cyclone 408 1935 Labor Day hurricane Florida

201 to 400 deaths[edit]

Year Type Fatalities Damage (US$) Article Location Comments
1857 Accidentshipwreck 400 SS Central America Off the coast of Georgia Fatalities estimated
1860 Accidentshipwreck 400 PS Lady Elgin Chicago, Illinois
1888 Blizzard 400 Great Blizzard of 1888 Northeastern United States Fatalities estimated
1898 Storm 400+ Portland Gale New England
1937 Flood 385 $5,000,000,000 Ohio River flood of 1937 Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois
1917 Tornado outbreak sequence 383+ $6,880,000 May–June 1917 tornado outbreak sequence Midwestern United States, Southeastern United States At least 66 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Mattoon–Charleston, Illinois: 101+ deaths
  • Tiptonville, Tennessee/Dublin, Kentucky: 67 deaths
  • Sumiton–Morris, Alabama: 27 deaths
  • Cheney–Florence, Kansas: 23 deaths
  • Blytheville, Arkansas/Como, Tennessee: 18 deaths
  • Ellsinore–Drum, Missouri: 18 deaths
1950 Blizzard 383 $66,700,000
(1950)
Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 Eastern United States
1911 Heat wave 380+ 1911 Eastern North America heat wave Northeastern United States
1926 Tropical cyclone 372[16] 1926 Miami hurricane Florida
1944 Accidentexplosion 372 USS Mount Hood[17] New Guinea Ammunition ship explosion.
1909 Tropical cyclone 371+ 1909 Grand Isle hurricane Gulf Coast of the United States
1907 Accidentcoal mine 362 Monongah mining disaster Monongah, West Virginia
1913 Flood 361 Great Dayton Flood Dayton, Ohio Flood was created by a series of three winter storms that hit the region in March, 1913
2011 Tornado outbreak 348 ~$11,000,000,000
(2011)
2011 Super Outbreak Midwestern United States, Southern United States, Eastern United States Including 24 non-tornadic deaths; 360 tornadoes, including the following:
1932 Tornado outbreak 330+ $4,340,000 1932 Deep South tornado outbreak Southern United States At least 36 tornadoes, including 10 violent (F4 or F5) storms, resulting in 268 deaths in Alabama alone. Deadliest tornadoes include the following:
1900 Fire (industrial) 326+ 1900 Hoboken Docks fire Hoboken, New Jersey Including 99 deaths on SS Saale
1908 Tornado outbreak 324+ 1908 Dixie tornado outbreak Great Plains, Midwestern United States, Southern United States At least 29 tornadoes, including the following:
1930 Fire (building) 322 Ohio Penitentiary Columbus, Ohio
1944 Accidentexplosion 320 Port Chicago disaster Port Chicago, California World War II ammunition ignited
1840 Tornado 317+ $1,260,000 Great Natchez Tornado Natchez, Mississippi
1974 Tornado outbreak 310 $3,500,000,000
(2005)
1974 Super Outbreak Ontario, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and New York Additional 9 deaths in Ontario; 148 tornadoes, including the following:
1865 Accidentexplosion 300 Mobile magazine explosion Mobile, Alabama Civil War ammunition; fatalities estimated
1921 Race massacre 300 Tulsa race massacre Tulsa, Oklahoma White mob attacks affluent black neighborhood; fatalities estimated
1944 Tropical cyclone 300–400 1944 Great Atlantic hurricane East Coast of the United States Fatalities estimated
1937 Accidentexplosion 296–319 $13,000,000
(2003)
New London School explosion New London, Texas Gas leak
1960 Blizzard 286 December 1960 nor'easter Northeastern United States
1859 Massacre 283+ Mendocino War Mendocino County, California
1881 Wildfire (rural) 282 $2,347,000 Thumb Fire Michigan
1876 Fire (building) 278 Brooklyn Theatre fire Brooklyn, New York
2021 Blizzard 276–702[18] $20,400,000,000 February 13–17, 2021 North American winter storm United States Additional 14 deaths in Mexico
1915 Tropical cyclone 275[16] 1915 Galveston hurricane Texas
1915 Tropical cyclone 275 1915 New Orleans hurricane Louisiana
1898 Explosion 274 USS Maine Havana, Cuba A major event that precipitated the Spanish–American War. Exact cause remains unknown.
1875 Accidentshipwreck 273 Pacific (1850) Off Cape Flattery, Washington Fatalities estimated
1979 Accidentaircraft 273 American Airlines Flight 191 Chicago, Illinois Deadliest aircraft accident in U.S. history
1943 Military strikesubmarine 272 Henry R. Mallory[19] North Atlantic United States troopship.
1965 Tornado outbreak 271 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana 78 tornadoes, including the following:
1999 Heat wave 271 1999 heat wave Midwest and Northeast [citation needed]
1988 Terrorism 270 Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie, Scotland Inflight bombing of a flight from London to New York killed all aboard, including 179 U.S. citizens, and 16 on the ground.
1913 Accidentcoal mine 265 Dawson, New Mexico Dawson, New Mexico Including 263 miners and two rescuers
2001 Accidentaircraft 265 American Airlines Flight 587 Queens, New York Second-deadliest U.S. aviation accident, and deadliest in New York City.
1909 Accidentcoal mine 259 Cherry Mine disaster Cherry, Illinois
1932 Tropical cyclone 257 1932 San Ciprián hurricane Puerto Rico
1937 Accidentcoal mine 257 Grundy, Virginia [citation needed]
1969 Tropical cyclone 256 Hurricane Camille Mississippi, Alabama, and Virginia
1985 Accidentaircraft 256 Arrow Air Flight 1285 Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Most of the passengers were members of the 101st Airborne Division.
1858 Accidentshipwreck 250 Pennsylvania (steamboat) Mississippi River, near Memphis, Tennessee Fatalities estimated
1913 Blizzard 250 $5,000,000
(1913)
Great Lakes Storm of 1913 Great Lakes region Fatalities estimated
1903 Flood 247 Heppner flood of 1903 Heppner, Oregon
1953 Tornado outbreak sequence 247 Flint–Worcester tornado outbreak sequence Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska and Massachusetts 50 tornadoes, including the following:
1927 Flood 246 $400,000,000 Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee
1920 Tornado outbreak 243+ April 1920 tornado outbreak Southern United States At least 17 tornadoes, including the following
  • Aberdeen, Mississippi/Waco, Alabama: 88 deaths
  • Bay Springs–Russell, Mississippi: 36 deaths
  • Deemer, Mississippi: 27 deaths
  • Lily Flagg–Brownsboro, Alabama: 27 deaths
  • Ingomar–Glen, Mississippi: 24 deaths
  • Carbon Hill–Lacey's Spring, Alabama: 21 deaths
1850 Accidentshipwreck 241–289 SS G. P. Griffith Lake Erie
1913 Tornado outbreak sequence 241+ $9,680,000 Tornado outbreak sequence of March 1913 Southern United States, Midwestern United States At least 19 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Omaha, Nebraska: 103 deaths
  • Fulton–Lower Peach Tree, Alabama: 27 deaths
  • Bellevue, Nebraska/Harlan, Iowa: 25 deaths
  • Mead, Nebraska/Logan, Iowa: 22 deaths
  • Prairieton–Terre Haute, Indiana: 21 deaths
  • Douglas, Nebraska/Macedonia, Iowa: 18 deaths
1983 Terrorism 241 1983 Beirut barracks bombings Beirut, Lebanon 58 French peacekeepers, six civilians and two suicide bombers also died in the attack
1907 Accidentcoal mine 239 Darr Mine disaster Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
1912 Accidentshipwreck 238 RMS Titanic[20] north Atlantic Ocean, south of Newfoundland Only includes U.S. victims
1972 Flood 238 $160,000,000
(1972)
$664,000,000
(2002)
1972 Black Hills flood Rapid City, South Dakota Average rainfall over area of 60 mi2 measured at 10-15 inches (380 mm), over 6 hours in middle of night June 9–10, 1972.
1888 Winter storm 235 Schoolhouse Blizzard Midwestern United States
1996 Accidentaircraft 230 TWA Flight 800 Long Island, New York
2021 Heat wave 229–600 2021 Western North America heat wave Pacific Northwest At least 116 deaths in Oregon, at least 112 in Washington, and one in Idaho
1997 Accidentaircraft 228 Korean Air Flight 801 Asan-Maina, Guam
1865 Accidentshipwreck 225 Brother Jonathan (steamer) Off Crescent City, California Fatalities estimated
2006 Heat wave 225 2006 North American heat wave Contiguous United States
1998 Terrorism 223 1998 United States embassy bombings Tanzania, Kenya 4,000+ injured
1927 Tornado outbreak 217+ Tornado outbreak of May 1927 Midwestern United States, Southern United States At least 34 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Imboden, Arkansas/Poplar Bluff, Missouri: 98 deaths
  • Strong, Arkansas: 24 deaths
  • Nevada, Texas: 19 deaths
  • Garland, Texas: 15 deaths
1999 Accidentaircraft 217 EgyptAir Flight 990 Atlantic Ocean near Nantucket, Massachusetts
1902 Accidentcoal mine 216 Fraterville Mine disaster Fraterville, Tennessee
1906 Tropical cyclone 211 1906 Florida Keys hurricane Florida
1940 Fire (building) 209 Rhythm Club fire Natchez, Mississippi
1952 Tornado outbreak 209 $285,300,000 (2019) Tornado outbreak of March 21–22, 1952 Southern United States 31 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Kensett–Judsonia–Russell, Arkansas: 50 deaths
  • Bolivar–Henderson–Chesterfield, Tennessee: 38 deaths
  • Cotton Plant–Hunter, Arkansas: 29 deaths
  • Cooter–Cottonwood Point, Missouri: 17 deaths
  • Byhalia–Cayce, Mississippi/Williston, Tennessee: 16 deaths
1993 Cyclonic blizzard 208 $6,650,000,000
(2008)
1993 Storm of the Century Eastern United States Additional 110 deaths in other countries
1896 Tropical cyclone 202 $9,600,000 in 1896
($289,000,000 in 2018)
1896 Cedar Keys hurricane Landfall at Cedar Key, Florida; Heavy damage along much of Eastern Seaboard of U.S.
1966 Blizzard 201 North American blizzard of 1966 Eastern United States

81 to 200 deaths[edit]

Year Type Fatalities Damage (US$) Article Location Comments
1854 Accidentshipwreck 200–365 Powhattan (1837) Harvey Cedars, New Jersey
1856 Tropical cyclone 200+ 1856 Last Island hurricane Louisiana, Mississippi
1871 Fire (urban conflagration) 200–300 Great Chicago Fire Chicago, Illinois Fatalities estimated; 125 bodies recovered
1900 Accidentcoal mine 200 Scofield Mine disaster Scofield, Utah Fatalities estimated
1928 Accidentcoal mine 195 Mather Mine disaster Mather, Pennsylvania
1898 Accidentshipwreck 192 The Portland Gloucester, Massachusetts
1847 Accidentshipwreck 190–250 SS Phoenix (1845) Lake Michigan
1996 Winter storm, flood 187 North American blizzard of 1996 Eastern United States Including 33 deaths due to flooding
1863 Mass murder, military operation 185–200 Lawrence Massacre Lawrence, Kansas
1955 Tropical cyclone 184+ Hurricane Diane East Coast of the United States
2011 Tornado outbreak sequence 184 $7,000,000,000
(2011)
Tornado outbreak sequence of May 21–26, 2011 Midwestern United States, Southern United States Including the Joplin, Missouri tornado, which caused 158 direct and 3 indirect deaths, the latter of which are included here.
1785 Accidentshipwreck 181 Faithful Steward (ship) Off Cape Henlopen, Delaware Bay
1904 Accidentcoal mine 181 Harwick Mine disaster Cheswick, Pennsylvania Fatalities estimated
1947 Tornado outbreak 181 1947 Glazier–Higgins–Woodward tornadoes Oklahoma (especially Woodward), Texas (including Glazier and Higgins), Kansas
1914 Accidentcoal mine 180+ Eccles mine disaster Eccles, West Virginia
1985 Flood 180 1985 Puerto Rico floods Puerto Rico
1898 Tropical cyclone 179+ 1898 Georgia hurricane Florida, Georgia
1884 Tornado outbreak 178+ Tornado outbreak of February 19–20, 1884 Southeastern United States At least 37 tornadoes, including the following:
1908 Fire (building) 175 Collinwood school fire Cleveland, Ohio Deadliest school fire in U.S. history; led to many changes in how schools were built.
1924 Accidentcoal mine 172 Castle Gate Mine disaster Castle Gate, Utah 171 miners and one rescue worker
1908 Fire (building) 171 Rhoads Opera House fire Boyertown, Pennsylvania Sources conflict on number of fatalities: 170 or 171.
1903 Accidentcoal mine 169 Hanna Mine disasters Carbon County, Wyoming
1880 Tornado outbreak 168+ Tornado outbreak of April 1880 Midwestern United States At least 20 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Boaz–Evergreen, Missouri: 99 deaths
  • Rocky Comfort–Grovespring: 31 deaths
1917 Fire (mine) 168 Speculator Mine disaster Butte, Montana
1944 Fire (building) 168 Hartford circus fire Hartford, Connecticut
1966 Smog incident 168 1966 New York City smog New York City and New York metropolitan area, including parts of New Jersey and Connecticut Fatalities estimated
1995 Terrorism 168 Oklahoma City bombing Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Deadliest act of domestic terrorism, and deadliest domestic bombing, in U.S. history
1946 Tsunami and Earthquake 165–173 1946 Aleutian Islands earthquake Alaska, Hawaii
1977 Fire (building) 165 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire Southgate, Kentucky
1909 Tornado outbreak 164+ Tornado outbreak of late-April 1909 Midwestern United States, Southern United States At least 35 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Horn Lake, Mississippi/Parsons, Tennessee: 29 deaths
  • Elkmont, Alabama/Fayetteville, Tennessee: 29 deaths
1944 Maritime Accident 163 West Loch disaster Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Classified as top secret until 1960.
1956 Blizzard 162 March 18–20, 1956 nor'easter Northeastern United States [citation needed]
1838 Accidentshipwreck 160 Moselle (riverboat) Ohio River, near Cincinnati
2012 Tropical cyclone 158 $71,400,000,000 Hurricane Sandy Most of the United States East Coast 86 indirect fatalities occurred in the United States. 76 additional fatalities occurred in the Caribbean and the Bahamas; 21 people are still missing in Haiti.
1960 Tropical cyclone 157 $491,100,000 Hurricane Donna The Caribbean, United States East Coast Includes 107 deaths in Puerto Rico.
1987 Accidentaircraft 156 Northwest Airlines Flight 255 Detroit, Michigan
1940 Winter storm, shipwrecks 154 1940 Armistice Day Blizzard Midwestern United States Including 66 deaths in a series of shipwrecks in Lake Michigan, including the SS Anna C. Minch, the SS Novadoc, the SS William B. Davock, and others
1920 Tornado outbreak 153+ 1920 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak Midwestern United States, Southern United States At least 37 tornadoes, including the following:
1982 Accidentaircraft 153 Pan Am Flight 759 New Orleans, Louisiana
1854 Accidentshipwreck 150 New Era (1854 ship) Off Asbury Park, New Jersey Fatalities estimated
1890 Mass murder, Mass shooting 150–300 Wounded Knee Massacre Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota White U.S. Cavalry troops went to a Native American reserve and shot and killed between 150 and 300 Native Americans.
1936 Flood 150–200 1936 Northeast Flood Northeastern United States Fatalities estimated
1942 Tornado outbreak 149 $5,250,000 Tornado outbreak of March 16–17, 1942 Central United States, Southern United States At least 28 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Berclair–New Harmony, Mississippi: 63 deaths
  • Bethel Springs–Beacon, Tennessee: 15 deaths
1890 Tornado outbreak 146+ March 1890 middle Mississippi Valley tornado outbreak Middle Mississippi Valley At least 24 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Shively, Kentucky/Jeffersonville, Indiana: 76+ deaths
  • Kevil–West Louisville, Kentucky: 21+ deaths
1911 Fire (building) 146 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire New York City, New York Led to improved occupational safety standards as well as mandatory comprehensive fire safety standards
1976 Flood 145 Big Thompson River Colorado
1953 Tornado outbreak 144 1953 Waco tornado outbreak Great Plains, Midwestern United States Including 114 deaths from an F5 tornado in Waco, Texas
1978 Accidentaircraft 144 PSA Flight 182 San Diego, California
2000 Heat wave 140 2000 Southern United States heat wave Southern United States
1840 Accidentshipwreck 139 Lexington Long Island Sound Steamship sank due to fire on board
1874 Accidentdam failure 139 Mill River (Northampton, Massachusetts) Hampshire County, Massachusetts
1917 Explosion 139 Eddystone explosion Eddystone, Pennsylvania
1944 Accidentshipwreck 138 USS Turner (DD-648) Lower New York Bay
1934 Accidentshipwreck 137 SS Morro Castle (1930) Off Long Beach Island, New Jersey
1985 Accidentaircraft 137 Delta Air Lines Flight 191 Dallas, Texas
1906 Tropical cyclone 134 1906 Mississippi hurricane Southeastern United States
1944 Tornado outbreak 134–137 1944 Appalachians tornado outbreak Midwestern United States, Mid-Atlantic States At least seven tornadoes, including the following:
  • Wyatt–Shinston–Cheat Mountain, West Virginia: 100–103 deaths
  • Wellsburg, West Virginia/Oakland, Maryland: 30 deaths
  • Pittsburgh–Somerset, Pennsylvania: 17 deaths
1960 Accidentaircraft 134 1960 New York mid-air collision New York City, New York
1967 Fire (ship) 134 >$72,000,000 1967 USS Forrestal fire Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam
1994 Accidentaircraft 132 USAir Flight 427 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1852 Accidentshipwreck 130–300 Atlantic (1848) Lake Erie
1944 Accidentexplosion 130 $7,000,000-
$15,000,000
Cleveland East Ohio Gas explosion Cleveland, Ohio
1963 AccidentSubmarine 129 USS Thresher (SSN-593) Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Massachusetts Deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history.
1838 Accidentshipwreck 128 Steamship Pulaski disaster Off North Carolina
1901 Accidentshipwreck 128–135 SS City of Rio de Janeiro San Francisco Bay, California
1911 Accidentcoal mine 128 Banner Mine disaster Alabama
1915 IncidentMaritime 128 Sinking of the RMS Lusitania Atlantic Ocean near Kinsale, Ireland Ship torpedoed by a German U-boat. 1,198 fatalities resulted overall; 128 of them were Americans.
1933 Tornado outbreak 128 Early-May 1933 tornado outbreak sequence Midwestern United States, Southeastern United States At least 27 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Tompkinsville–Russell Springs, Kentucky: 36 deaths
  • Livingston–Byrdstown, Tennessee: 35 deaths
  • Brent–Pelham, Alabama: 21 deaths
  • Anderson–Fountain Inn, South Carolina: 19 deaths
1945 Tornado outbreak 128 Tornado outbreak of April 1945 Midwestern United States Including 69 deaths from a tornado in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma
1956 Accidentaircraft 128 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision Grand Canyon, Arizona Parts of wreckage still visible. Deadliest air disaster in U.S. at that time; led to creation of Federal Aviation Administration two years later.
1972 Accidentdam failure 125 Buffalo Creek flood Logan County, West Virginia
1923 Accidentcoal mine 123 Dawson, New Mexico Dawson, New Mexico
1929 Fire (building) 123 Cleveland Clinic fire of 1929 Cleveland, Ohio
1971 Tornado outbreak 123 $45,900,000 (1971) February 1971 Mississippi Delta tornado outbreak Southern United States, Ohio River Valley 19 tornadoes, including the following:
1917 Accidentcoal mine 121 Hastings mine explosion Las Animas County, Colorado
1857 Mass murder 120 Mountain Meadows Massacre Utah Territory Mormon settlers executed between 120 and 140 men, women, and children from the Baker-Fancher party wagon train after accepting their surrender from a five-day siege and offering them safe passage through Utah Territory.
1933 Earthquake 120 $50,000,000
(1933)
Long Beach earthquake Long Beach, California
2005 Tropical cyclone 120 $18,500,000,000
(2005)
Hurricane Rita Louisiana Including 23 deaths from a bus fire during evacuations in Wilmer, Texas[21]
1924 Accidentcoal mine 119 Benwood mine disaster Benwood, West Virginia
1946 Fire (building) 119 Winecoff Hotel fire Atlanta, Georgia
1951 Accidentcoal mine 119 West Frankfort, Illinois West Frankfort, Illinois
1972 Tropical cyclone 119 $2,100,000,000 Hurricane Agnes Eastern United States
1899 Tornado 117 >$300,000 ($8,381,000 in today's dollars[when?]). New Richmond tornado New Richmond, Wisconsin Tornado hit the same time the circus was in town.
1918 Earthquake 116 1918 San Fermín earthquake Puerto Rico
1837 Accidentshipwreck 115 Wreck of the Mexico Long Beach, New York Eight people rescued from shore. One hundred fifteen crew and passengers (mostly Irish immigrants, and many of them women and children) froze to death on the deck of the ship just 200 yards from shore.[22] The wreck of the Mexico is the subject of Walt Whitman's poem, "Sleepers" in Leaves of Grass.
1902 Stampede 115 Shiloh Baptist Church stampede Birmingham, Alabama
1938 Flood 115 $78 million (1938) Los Angeles flood of 1938 Los Angeles, California Deadliest disaster in Los Angeles history
1944 Accidentshipwreck 115 USS St. Augustine (PG-54) Off Cape May, New Jersey
1964 Tsunami and Earthquake 115 $1,800,000,000
(2006)
Good Friday earthquake Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, California
1902 Tornado 114 1902 Goliad, Texas tornado Goliad, Texas
1924 Tornado outbreak 114 April 1924 tornado outbreak Southern United States Including 53 deaths from a single tornado in South Carolina
1981 Accident – collapse 114 Hyatt Regency walkway collapse Kansas City, Missouri
1975 Accidentaircraft 113 Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 New York City, New York
1863 Riot 112 $1–5 million (1863) New York City draft riots New York City, New York Worst civil unrest in U.S. history required diverting Union Army troops from the front to put down
1902 Accidentcoal mine 112 Rolling Mill Mine Johnstown, Pennsylvania
1905 Tornado 112+ 1905 Snyder tornado Snyder, Oklahoma
1915 Accidentcoal mine 112 Layland, West Virginia#Mine disaster Layland, West Virginia
1916 Tornado outbreak 112+ June 1916 tornado outbreak Southern United States Including 25 deaths from a single tornado family in Arkansas
1989 Accidentaircraft 112 United Airlines Flight 232 Sioux City, Iowa
2008 Tropical cyclone 112 $30,000,000,000
(2008)
Hurricane Ike Texas; Louisiana 34 people still missing as of 2013
1928 Accidentshipwreck 111 SS Vestris Off Hampton Roads, Virginia
1947 Accidentcoal mine 111 Centralia mine disaster Centralia, Illinois
1971 Accidentaircraft 111 Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 Juneau, Alaska
1869 Accidentcoal mine 110 Avondale Mine disaster Plymouth, Pennsylvania
1996 Accidentaircraft 110 ValuJet Flight 592 Florida Everglades
1891 Accidentcoal mine 109 Mammoth Mine disaster Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
2017 Tropical cyclone 106 $125,000,000,000
(2017)
Hurricane Harvey Texas, Louisiana Tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest natural disaster in United States history. One additional death occurred in Guyana.
1837 Tropical cyclone, shipwreck 103 Racer's hurricane Mexico, Texas, Gulf Coast Fatalities estimated; including 90 deaths from the wreck of SS Home off Cape Hatteras; additional two deaths occurred in the Republic of Texas
1884 Accidentshipwreck 103 SS City of Columbus Off Aquinnah, Massachusetts
1955 Tornado outbreak 102 1955 Great Plains tornado outbreak Central United States 46 tornadoes, including the following:
1918 Accidentrailroad 101 Great Train Wreck of 1918 Nashville, Tennessee Deadliest rail accident in U.S. history
1963 Accidentaircraft 101 Northwest Airlines Flight 293 Near Annette Island, Alaska
1972 Accidentaircraft 101 Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 Miami, Florida
1812 Tropical cyclone 100 1812 Louisiana hurricane Louisiana Fatalities estimated
1852 Accidentshipwreck 100+ Saluda (steamship) Lexington, Missouri
1865 Accidentshipwreck 100–125 SS Pewabic Lake Huron
1892 AccidentCoal mine 100 Krebs, Oklahoma Krebs, Oklahoma (then Choctaw nation, Indian Territory) Natural gas explosion
1899 Winter storm, cold wave 100+ Great Blizzard of 1899 Contiguous United States
1900 Tropical cyclone 100 1900 Guam typhoon Guam
1918 Accidentexplosion 100 T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion Sayreville, New Jersey Fatalities estimated
1937 Mass poisoning 100+ Elixir sulfanilamide United States
1978 Blizzard 100 $1,075,000,000
(2010)
Northeastern United States blizzard of 1978 Northeastern United States Fatalities estimated
2003 Fire (building) 100 The Station nightclub fire West Warwick, Rhode Island 4th-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history, killing 100 people and injuring more than 200.
1968 Accidentshipwreck 99 USS Scorpion (SSN-589) North Atlantic Ocean off New London, Connecticut U.S. Navy investigation of cause was inconclusive, although suggested an internal hydrogen explosion may have been followed by collapse of hull, followed by immediately sinking to ocean floor, killing all hands.
2017 Tropical cyclone 99 $53,400,000,000
(2017)
Hurricane Irma Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, Eastern United States (particularly Florida) Includes three deaths and $1 billion (2017 USD) in damage in Puerto Rico, and four deaths and $2.4 billion in damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Storm caused an additional 35 deaths and approximately US$11.4 billion in damage across the rest of the Caribbean.
1877 Accidentshipwreck 98 USS Huron (1875) Off Nags Head, North Carolina
1890 Accidentshipwreck 98 Sea Wing disaster Lake Pepin near Lake City, Minnesota Strong winds toppled the excursion vessel.
1922 Roof collapse 98 Knickerbocker Theatre Washington, District of Columbia Roof collapsed due to the eponymous Knickerbocker storm
2021 Structural collapse 98 Surfside condominium collapse Surfside, Florida
1904 Accidentrailroad 97 Eden train wreck Pueblo, Colorado
1974 Accidentaircraft 97 Pan Am Flight 806 Pago Pago, American Samoa
1875 Tornado outbreak 96+ March 1875 Southeast tornado outbreak Southeastern United States Including at least 28 deaths from a single tornado between Georgia and South Carolina
1910 Avalanche 96 Wellington avalanche Wellington, Washington Avalanche hit 2 trains in Tye Canyon
1977 Accidentaircraft; tornado outbreak 96 Southern Airways Flight 242; Tornado outbreak of April 1977 New Hope, Paulding County, Georgia; tornadoes affected Southeastern United States Storm system caused the crash of Flight 242, killing 72 people; and spawned an outbreak of 21 tornadoes, killing 24 people, including an F5 which killed 22 people near Birmingham, Alabama
1986 Arson 96–98 Dupont Plaza Hotel arson San Juan, Puerto Rico
1954 Tropical cyclone 95 Hurricane Hazel North Carolina; South Carolina U.S. victims only
1958 Fire (building) 95 Our Lady of the Angels School fire Chicago, Illinois
1962 Accidentaircraft 95 American Airlines Flight 1 New York City, New York
2021 Tornado outbreak 95 Tornado outbreak of December 10–11, 2021 Southern United States, Midwestern United States Including 6 non-tornadic and indirect deaths; 71 tornadoes, including the following:
1969 Winter storm 94 February 1969 nor'easter Northeastern United States
1918 Accidentrailroad 93 Malbone Street Wreck Brooklyn, New York Some accounts give death toll as 101. Deadliest accident on New York City subway, deadliest rail disaster in city's history and deadliest mass-transit accident in U.S. history.
1939 Tropical cyclone 93 1939 California tropical storm Southern California Including 48 offshore deaths
1876 Accidentrailroad 92 Ashtabula River railroad disaster Ashtabula, Ohio Fatalities approximated
1919 Tornado outbreak 92 Tornado outbreak of April 1919 Great Plains At least 12 tornadoes, including the following:
  • Mineola–Mount Pleasant, Texas: 24 deaths
  • Blue Ridge–Ravenna, Texas: 18 deaths
  • Eustace–Grand Saline, Texas: 17 deaths
1919 Accidentcoal mine 92 Baltimore Mine Tunnel disaster Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
1974 Accidentaircraft 92 TWA Flight 514 Berryville, Virginia
1972 Accidentsilver mine 91 Sunshine Mine Big Creek, Idaho Mass carbon monoxide poisoning
1899 Fire (building) 90 Windsor Hotel (Manhattan) Manhattan, New York Fatalities estimated
1973 Accidentaircraft 89 Delta Air Lines Flight 723 Boston, Massachusetts
1860 Structural collapse 88–145 Pemberton Mill Lawrence, Massachusetts
1907 Accidentshipwreck 88 SS Columbia (1880) Off Shelter Cove, California
2000 Accidentaircraft 88 Alaska Airlines Flight 261 Pacific Ocean near Anacapa Island, California
1918 Accidentshipwreck 87 Columbia (collapsed paddle steamer) Creve Coeur, Illinois
1952 Accidentaircraft 87 1952 Moses Lake C-124 crash Near Moses Lake, Washington
1990 Fire (building) 87 Happy Land fire New York City, New York Arson by disgruntled patron. Deadliest mass murder by a single person in U.S. history.[citation needed]
2021 Tropical cyclone 87 Hurricane Ida Gulf Coast of the United States, Eastern United States
1910 Wildfire 86 Great Fire of 1910 Washington, Idaho, Montana
1918 Accidentrailroad 86 Hammond Circus Train Wreck Hammond, Indiana
1993 Police raidFire 86 Waco siege Branch Davidian Complex, Waco, Texas 6 Davidians and 4 police killed in initial raid. Weeks later during final FBI assault, 76 Davidians died in a fire of disputed origin.
1878 Accidentshipwreck 85 USS Stars and Stripes (1861) Currituck, North Carolina
1924 Tornado 85–90 $12,500,000 1924 Lorain–Sandusky tornado Lorain and Sandusky, Ohio
1951 Accidentrailroad 85 Woodbridge train wreck Woodbridge, New Jersey
1964 Accidentaircraft 85 Paradise Airlines Flight 901A Near Lake Tahoe, Nevada
1968 Accidentaircraft 85 Braniff Flight 352 Dawson, Texas
1980 Fire (building) 85 MGM Grand fire Las Vegas, Nevada
2018 Forest fire 85 Camp Fire Paradise, California Deadliest fire in California history.
1911 Accidentcoal mine 84 Cross Mountain Mine disaster Briceville, Tennessee
1916 Tropical cyclone, flood 84+ 1916 Charleston hurricane South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia Most deaths were due to a flood event
1927 Flood 84+ Great Vermont Flood of 1927 Vermont
1965 Accidentaircraft 84 Eastern Air Lines Flight 663 New York City, New York
1977 Flash Flood 84 $300,000,000 Johnstown flood of 1977 Johnstown, Pennsylvania The flood occurred when an extraordinary amount of rain came down in the Conemaugh Valley in a short period of time. Nearly 12 inches were measured in 10 hours. The National Weather Service later estimated that this amount of rain in that location should happen less than once every 1,000 years.
1999 Tropical cyclone 84 Hurricane Floyd East Coast of the United States
2007 Winter storm 84 January 2007 North American ice storm Central United States, Eastern United States Additional three deaths in Canada
1966 Accidentaircraft 83 American Flyers Flight 280 Near Ardmore, Oklahoma
1969 Accidentaircraft 83 Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 Shelby County, Indiana A Piper Cherokee 140, piloted by a student who was a week away from getting his private pilot's license, collided with an Allegheny Airlines DC-9. The flight originated in Boston and had stopped in Baltimore and Cincinnati.[23]
1930 Accidentcoal mine 82 Millfield Mine disaster Dover Township, Athens County, Ohio
1967 Accidentaircraft 82 Piedmont Airlines Flight 22 Hendersonville, North Carolina
1986 Accidentaircraft 82 1986 Cerritos mid-air collision Cerritos, California
1887 Accidentrailroad 81–85 Great Chatsworth train wreck Chatsworth, Illinois
1963 Accidentaircraft 81 Pan Am Flight 214 Elkton, Maryland Lightning strike
1963 Accidentexplosion 81 1963 Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum gas explosion Indianapolis, Indiana

41 to 80 deaths[edit]

Year Type Fatalities Damage (US$) Article Location Comments
1813 Accidentshipwreck 80+ USS Hamilton (1809) and USS Scourge Lake Ontario Two ships sank during a squall
1880 Accidentshipwreck 80+ PS Alpena Lake Michigan
1960 Winter storm 80+ March 1960 nor'easter Northeastern United States
1960 Accidentaircraft 80 World Airways Flight 830 Barrigada, Guam
1943 Accidentrailroad 79 Frankford Junction train wreck Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1862 Accidentexplosion 78 Allegheny Arsenal Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Largest civilian death toll during American Civil War
1875 Fire (building) 78 Precious Blood Church fire Holyoke, Massachusetts
1911 Dam failure 78 Austin Dam failure (Pennsylvania) Keating Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania
1950 Accidentrailroad 78 Kew Gardens train crash Kew Gardens, New York Deadliest surface rail accident in New York City
1961 Accidentaircraft 78 TWA Flight 529 Hinsdale, Illinois
1968 Accidentcoal mine 78 Farmington Mine disaster Farmington, West Virginia
1976 Accidentshipwreck 78 MV George Prince ferry disaster Mississippi River, Louisiana Deadliest ferry disaster in U.S. history
1982 Accidentaircraft 78 Air Florida Flight 90 District of Columbia
1923 Fire (building) 77 Cleveland School fire Camden, South Carolina
1947 Winter storm 77 North American blizzard of 1947 Mid-Atlantic
1929 Accidentshipwreck 77 SS San Juan Off California Collided with S.C.T. Dodd
1961 Accidentaircraft 77 Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 Richmond, Virginia
1985 Tornado outbreak 76 $1,270,000,000 (2019) 1985 United States–Canada tornado outbreak New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario Including two tornadoes which crossed the Ohio–Pennsylvania border and killed 16 and 18 people respectively; additional 14 deaths in Ontario
1863 Accidentrailroad 75 Chunky Creek train wreck Newton County, Mississippi Fatalities estimated
1943 Accidentcoal mine 75 Smith Mine disaster Between Bearcreek and Washoe, Montana 74 miners and one rescue worker
1965 Tropical cyclone 75[16] Hurricane Betsy Florida, Louisiana
1970 Accidentaircraft 75 Southern Airways Flight 932 Ceredo, West Virginia Deadliest sports tragedy in U.S. history
1949 Fire (building) 74 St. Anthony's Hospital fire Effingham, Illinois
1955 Tropical cyclone 74 Hurricane Connie East Coast of the United States, Puerto Rico 27 deaths in North Carolina, 14 in the Chesapeake Bay, 14 in New York, six in Pennsylvania, six in New Jersey, four in Washington, D.C., and three in Puerto Rico
1956 Accidentaircraft 74 Linea Aeropostal Venezolana Flight 253 (June 1956) Atlantic Ocean, off New Jersey
1913 Stampede 73 Italian Hall disaster Calumet, Michigan Second-largest loss of life within the state of Michigan.
1925 Tropical cyclone 73 1925 Florida tropical storm East Coast of the United States
1933 AccidentAirship 73 USS Akron Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of New Jersey Deadliest airship disaster in history.
1990 Accidentaircraft 73 Avianca Flight 52 Cove Neck, New York
1811 Fire (building) 72 Richmond Theatre fire Richmond, Virginia
1886 Tornado 72 $400,000 1886 Sauk Rapids tornado Central Minnesota
1927 Tornado 72–79+ $22,000,000 1927 St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado St. Louis, Missouri
1932 Accidentexplosion 72 Observation (steamboat) East River, New York City
1943 Accidentrailroad 72 Rennert railroad accident Rennert, North Carolina
1957 Fire (building) 72 Warrenton Nursing Home fire Warrenton, Missouri
1968 Tornado outbreak 72 $52,500,000 Tornado outbreak of May 1968 Central United States, Southern United States Including a tornado which struck Jonesboro, Arkansas and killed 35 people in total
1974 Accidentaircraft 72 Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 Charlotte, North Carolina
1878 Tropical cyclone 71 Gale of 1878 East Coast of the United States
1978 Winter storm 71 Great Blizzard of 1978 Great Lakes region
1883 Fire (building) 70+ Newhall House Hotel Fire Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1967 Accidentaircraft 70 TWA Flight 128 Constance, Kentucky
1954 Tropical cyclone 70 Hurricane Carol Mid-Atlantic United States, New England
1975 Blizzard, tornado outbreak 70 Great Storm of 1975 Midwestern United States, Southeastern United States 58 deaths from blizzard, 12 from tornadoes
1985 Accidentaircraft 70 Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 Reno, Nevada
1936 Flood 69 $3,000,000,000
(2006)
Pittsburgh Flood of 1936 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area
1989 Earthquake 69 $6,000,000,000
(1989)
Loma Prieta earthquake San Francisco Bay Area, California Including 42 deaths due to the collapse of the Cypress Street Viaduct
1994 Accidentaircraft 68 American Eagle Flight 4184 Roselawn, Indiana
1888 Accidentrailroad 66 Mud Run disaster Eastern Pennsylvania
1955 Accidentaircraft 66 1955 Hawaii R6D-1 crash Waianae Range, Hawaii Territory
1955 Accidentaircraft 66 United Airlines Flight 409 Medicine Bow Peak, Wyoming
1902 Wildfires 65+ Yacolt Burn Washington, Oregon
1959 Accidentaircraft 65 American Airlines Flight 320 New York City, New York
1971 Earthquake 65 $500,000,000 Sylmar earthquake Greater Los Angeles Area, California
2009 Winter storm 65 January 2009 North American ice storm Central United States
1903 Accidentrailroad 64 Connellsville train wreck Connellsville, Pennsylvania
1983 Terrorism 64 1983 United States embassy bombing Beirut, Lebanon
1940 Accidentcoal mine 63 Sonman Mine explosion Portage Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania
1960 Accidentaircraft 63 Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710 Tell City, Indiana Wing failure resulting from freak vibrations in clear weather turbulence was the probable cause.[23]
1963 Fire (building) 63 Golden Age Nursing Home fire Fitchville, Ohio
1992 Riot 63 ~$1,000,000,000 1992 Los Angeles riots Los Angeles County, California
1960 Accidentaircraft 62 Eastern Air Lines Flight 375 Boston, Massachusetts
1985 Flood 62 1985 Election Day floods Virginia, West Virginia
1944 Military aircraft, Accident 61 Freckleton air disaster Freckleton, England An American United States Army Air Forces Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber crashed into the center of the village of Freckleton. It crashed into a school, 3 houses, and a cafe. Sixty-one individuals, including 38 children and two teenagers, were killed. Ten American servicemen were among the fatalities.
1946 Fire (building) 61 La Salle Hotel Chicago, Illinois
1960 Tsunami 61 $500,000
(2005)
Great Chilean earthquake Hawaii, Alaska 2,290 to 6,600 killed and $3,500,000,000 (2005) in damage worldwide. 61 killed in Hilo, Hawaii. $500,000 in U.S. property damage
1992 Tropical cyclone 61 $27,250,000,000
(1992)
Hurricane Andrew Florida, Louisiana
2017 Mass shooting[24][25] 61 2017 Las Vegas shooting Paradise, Nevada 60 victims and 1 perpetrator, with the perpetrator committing suicide. The deadliest mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history.
1856 Accidentshipwreck 60+ PS Niagara Off Belgium, Wisconsin
1864 Accidentrailroad 60–72 Shohola train wreck Shohola, Pennsylvania Train collision along upper Delaware River. Official death toll is 65.
1886 Earthquake 60 $5,000,000–6,000,000 1886 Charleston earthquake South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, East coast of the United States Massive earthquake starting in South Carolina, spreading across the East Coast of the US.
1966 Tropical cyclone 60 Hurricane Inez Florida Keys, Gulf Coast of the United States Including 45 deaths from the capsizing of a boat in the Straits of Florida and 11 deaths from a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico
1967 Winter storm 60 1967 Chicago blizzard Midwestern United States 26 deaths in Chicago
1856 Accidentrailroad 59–67 Great Train Wreck of 1856 Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
1908 Accidentcoal mine 59 Hanna Mine disasters Carbon County, Wyoming
1957 Tornado outbreak sequence 59 May 1957 Central Plains tornado outbreak sequence Great Plains, Midwestern United States Including 44 deaths from the Ruskin Heights tornado
2018 Tropical cyclone 59 $25,000,000,000 Hurricane Michael Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Category 5 hurricane[26] that caused 16 direct and 43 indirect deaths in the US, as well as 15 in Central America[27]
1896 Accidentcoal mine 58 Twin Shaft disaster Pittston, Pennsylvania
1905 Accidentexplosion 58 Grover Shoe Factory disaster Brockton, Massachusetts
1950 Accidentaircraft 58 Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 2501 Lake Michigan Airplane wreckage never found
1951 Accidentaircraft 58 1951 Miami Airlines C-46 crash Elizabeth, New Jersey First of three plane crashes in Elizabeth over three months
1964 Accidentaircraft 58 Eastern Air Lines Flight 304 Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana
1965 Accidentaircraft 58 American Airlines Flight 383 Cincinnati, Ohio
1966 Tornado 58 $75,500,000 Tornado outbreak of March 3–4, 1966 Southeastern United States All 58 deaths due to the Candlestick Park tornado
1967 Tornado outbreak 58 1967 Oak Lawn tornado outbreak Upper Midwest 45 tornadoes, including the following:
1979 Tornado outbreak 58 1979 Red River Valley tornado outbreak Midwestern United States, Southern United States Including the Wichita Falls, Texas tornado which killed 42 people
1903 Tropical cyclone 57 1903 New Jersey hurricane Mid-Atlantic
1919 Tornado 57 $4,000,000 1919 Fergus Falls tornado Fergus Falls, Minnesota
1980 Volcano 57 $1,100,000,000 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens Washington
1984 Tornado outbreak 57 1984 Carolinas tornado outbreak Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
1994 Earthquake 57 $23,000,000,000 Northridge earthquake Greater Los Angeles area, California
1999 Tornado outbreak 57 $1,500,000,000
(2005)
1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Tennessee 66 tornadoes, including the 1999 Bridge Creek–Moore tornado, which killed 36 people; also including seven non-tornadic deaths
2007 Winter storm 57 Mid-December 2007 North American winter storms Central United States, Eastern United States Two winter storms in quick succession, the latter of which caused an additional six deaths in Canada
2008 Tornado outbreak 57 $1,200,000,000 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, and Illinois Including the Castalian Springs–Lafayette, Tennessee/Tompkinsville, Kentucky tornado which killed 22 people
1844 Accidentexplosion, shipwreck 56 Lucy Walker steamboat disaster Ohio River, near New Albany, Indiana Exact number of fatalities unknown
1875 Accidentshipwreck 56 City of Waco Off Galveston, Texas
1904 Accidentrailroad 56 New Market train wreck New Market, Tennessee
1912 Tornado outbreak 56 Tornado outbreak of April 20–22, 1912 High Plains, Upper Midwest, Southern United States
1880 Accidentshipwreck, fire 55 SS Narragansett Long Island Sound Fatalities estimated
1898 Tornado 55 1898 Fort Smith, Arkansas, tornado Fort Smith, Arkansas
1905 Winter storm, shipwrecks 55+ Mataafa Storm Great Lakes region Approximately 29 vessels destroyed or damaged, including SS Mataafa and SS Ira H. Owen
1943 Fire (building) 55 Gulf Hotel fire Houston, Texas
1949 Accidentaircraft 55 Eastern Air Lines Flight 537 Alexandria, Virginia
1975 Tropical cyclone 55 Hurricane Eloise Puerto Rico, Eastern United States
2016 Blizzard 55 $500,000,000,
to $3,000,000,000
(2016)
January 2016 United States blizzard Eastern United States
1932 Accidentcoal mine 54 1932 Moweaqua Coal Mine disaster Moweaqua, Illinois
2004 Tropical cyclone 54 $13,000,000,000
(2004)
Hurricane Ivan Texas, Florida Damage and death figures are for the U.S. only. Storm caused an additional 67 deaths and ~US$7 billion in damage across the Caribbean.
2018 Tropical cyclone 54 $24,230,000,000 Hurricane Florence Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina Category 4 hurricane that caused major damage and 54 recorded fatalities in the US; 24 direct and 30 indirect.
1906 Accidentrailroad 53 1906 Atlantic City train wreck Atlantic City, New Jersey
1906 Accidentrailroad 53 1906 Washington, D.C., train wreck Washington, D.C.
1925 Accidentcoal mine 53 Coal Glen mine disaster Farmville, Chatham County, North Carolina
1942 Military strikebombing 53 Battle of Dutch Harbor Unalaska, Alaska 43 American and 10 Japanese fatalities. Deadliest attack on continental U.S. by a foreign power since the Mexican–American War.
1947 Accidentaircraft 53 Eastern Air Lines Flight 605 Near Port Deposit, Maryland
1949 Accidentaircraft 53 1949 Strato-Freight Curtiss C-46A crash West of San Juan-Isla Grande Airport, Puerto Rico
2008 Tropical cyclone 53 Hurricane Gustav Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
2022 Suspected migrant smuggling operation 53 2022 San Antonio trailer deaths San Antonio, Texas Twelve others hospitalized.
1910 Accidentrailroad 52 Green Mountain train wreck Green Mountain, Iowa
1929 Accidentshipwreck 52 SS Milwaukee (1902) Lake Michigan
1940 Accidentexplosion 52 Hercules Powder plant disaster Roxbury, New Jersey Fatalities estimated
1940 Tropical cyclone 52 1940 South Carolina hurricane Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
1947 Accidentaircraft 52 United Airlines Flight 608 Bryce Canyon, Utah
1952 Accidentaircraft 52 Pan Am Flight 526A Off San Juan, Puerto Rico
1952 Accidentaircraft 52 1952 Mount Gannett C-124 crash Mount Gannett, Alaska Territory
2015 Tornado outbreak, winter storm, flood 52[28] $1,200,000,000 (2015) December 2015 North American storm complex Southwestern, Central, and New England Excluding seven more deaths outside the US
1947 Tropical cyclone 51 1947 Fort Lauderdale hurricane Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi
1956 Accidentshipwreck 51 SS Andrea Doria, MV Astoria Off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts
1978 AccidentConstruction 51 Willow Island disaster Willow Island, West Virginia Scaffolding fell 166 feet (51 m) with insufficiently cured concrete
2003 Tropical cyclone, Flooding 51 5,500,000,000

(2003)

Hurricane Isabel Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Ontario Worst hurricane to hit Virginia
1852 Accidentshipwreck 50 Henry Clay (steamboat) Riverdale, Bronx, New York Fatalities estimated
1871 Wildfire 50+ Port Huron Fire of 1871 Port Huron, Michigan
1896 Accidentrailroad 50 1896 Atlantic City rail crash Atlantic City, New Jersey
1918 Accidentexplosion 50–52 Split Rock, New York Split Rock, New York
1925 Accidentrailroad 50 Rockport train wreck Hackettstown, New Jersey
1947 Accidentaircraft 50 Pennsylvania Central Airlines Flight 410 Near Charles Town, West Virginia
1951 Accidentaircraft 50 United Airlines Flight 610 West of Fort Collins, Colorado
1951 Accidentaircraft 50 United Airlines Flight 615 Near Decoto, California
1960 Accidentaircraft 50 Capital Airlines Flight 20 Holdcroft, Virginia
1971 Accidentaircraft 50 Hughes Airwest Flight 706 San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, California
1993 Flood 50 $15,000,000,000 Great Flood of 1993 Midwest
2003 Tornado outbreak sequence 50 $4,100,000,000 Tornado outbreak sequence of May 2003 Great Plains, Eastern United States Including nine non-tornadic deaths
2009 Accidentaircraft 50 Colgan Air Flight 3407 Clarence Center, New York
2016 Terrorism 50 Orlando nightclub shooting Orlando, Florida 49 victims and 1 perpetrator, who was shot and killed by police. The second-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
1867 Accidentrailroad 49 Angola Horror Angola, New York
1892 Accidentexplosions 49 Giant Powder Company Albany, California Explosion in explosives manufacturing plant destroyed facility, caused extensive damage in nearby Berkeley. Official death toll was 49, though estimates of unrecovered bodies ran higher.[29]
1917 Accidentrailroad 49 Shepherdsville train wreck Shepherdsville, Kentucky
1936 Tornado outbreak 49 1936 Cordele–Greensboro tornado outbreak Southeastern United States Including 23 deaths from a tornado near Cordele, Georgia
1953 Tornado outbreak sequence 49 $45,709,000 Tornado outbreak sequence of Early-December 1953 Southeastern United States Including 38 deaths from the Vicksburg, Mississippi tornado
1958 Accidentaircraft 49 United Airlines Flight 736 Enterprise, Nevada
1989 Tropical cyclone 49 $7,000,000,000
(1989)
Hurricane Hugo East Coast of the United States. Damage figure for U.S. only. At least 111 total deaths, with 37 in the continental U.S., as far north as Michigan, and 12 in the U.S. possession of Puerto Rico.
2004 Tropical cyclone 49 $9,000,000,000 Hurricane Frances Florida
2006 Accidentaircraft 49 Comair Flight 5191 Lexington, Kentucky
2011 Tropical cyclone 49 $15,800,000,000
(2011)
Hurricane Irene Puerto Rico, East Coast of the United States 49 fatalities in U.S., including 1 in Puerto Rico, with 10 additional fatalities elsewhere.
1853 Accidentrailroad 48 Norwalk rail accident Norwalk, Connecticut
1942 Accidentexplosion 48 Joliet Army Ammunition Plant Will County, Illinois
1944 Accidentrailroad 48 Bagley train wreck West of Ogden, Utah
1958 Accidentrailroad 48 Newark Bay rail accident Newark Bay, New Jersey
1912 Cold wave 47 1912 United States cold wave Midwestern United States
1917 Tornado outbreak 47+ March 1917 tornado outbreak Ohio Valley Including 46 deaths from a single tornado in Indiana and Kentucky
1922 Accidentgold mine 47 Argonaut Mine Jackson, California
1933 Tropical cyclone 47 1933 Chesapeake–Potomac hurricane East Coast of the United States
1938 Accidentrailroad 47 Custer Creek train wreck Saugus, Montana
1944 Accidentrailroad 47 Stockton train wreck Stockton, Georgia
1958 Accidentaircraft 47 Capital Airlines Flight 67 Saginaw Bay, near Freeland, Michigan
1989 Accidentexplosion 47 USS Iowa turret explosion Caribbean Sea, off Puerto Rico
1993 Accidentrailroad 47 Big Bayou Canot train disaster Mobile, Alabama Deadliest train crash in Amtrak history.
2016 Tropical cyclone 47 $10,000,000,000
(2016)
Hurricane Matthew Florida, Georgia, The Carolinas Damage and death figures are for the U.S. only. Storm caused an additional 551 deaths and US$5.08 billion in damage across the Caribbean.
1873 Accidentbridge collapse 46 Dixon Bridge Disaster Dixon, Illinois
1886 Tropical cyclone 46 1886 Indianola hurricane Indianola, Texas
1900 Accidentcoal mine 46 Red Ash Mine disasters Fire Creek, West Virginia
1916 Accidentrailroad 46 Summer Street Bridge disaster Boston, Massachusetts
1942 Accidentshipwreck 46 USS S-26 (SS-131) Gulf of Panama
1953 Accidentaircraft 46 National Airlines Flight 470 Gulf of Mexico, off Fort Morgan, Alabama
1961 Tropical cyclone 46 $325.74 million (U.S. only) Hurricane Carla Texas, Louisiana Landed Port O'Connor, Texas on September 11 as Category 4, continued northeast across U.S., dissipated in eastern Canada on September 14.
1967 AccidentBridge collapse 46 Silver Bridge – over the Ohio River Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Gallipolis, Ohio

1976 Accidentaircraft 46 Air Manila Flight 702 Naval Air Station Agana, Guam
1871 Accidentexplosion 45–91 Staten Island Ferry New York City, New York Boiler of Westfield II exploded at South Ferry in Manhattan
1912 Tornado outbreak 45+ Tornado outbreak of April 27–29, 1912 Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana
1927 Mass murder 45 Bath School disaster Bath Township, Michigan Deadliest act of school violence in U.S. history
1946 Accidentrailroad 45 Naperville train disaster Naperville, Illinois
1950 Tornado outbreak 45 February 1950 tornado outbreak Red River of the South, Lower Mississippi Valley Including 18 deaths from a tornado in northwestern Louisiana
1951 Accidentshipwreck 45 FV Pelican Off Montauk, New York
1962 Terrorism 45 Continental Airlines Flight 11 Unionville, Missouri
1972 Accidentrailroad 45 1972 Chicago commuter rail crash Chicago, Illinois
1972 Accidentaircraft 45 United Airlines Flight 553 Chicago, Illinois
1925 Structural collapse 44 Pickwick Club collapse Boston
1933 Tornado outbreak 44 March 1933 Nashville tornado outbreak Arkansas, Tennessee At least 5 tornadoes, including the following:
1955 Accidentaircraft 44 United Airlines Flight 629 Longmont, Colorado
1957 Accidentaircraft 44 Pan Am Flight 7 Pacific Ocean
1964 Accidentaircraft 44 Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 Near Danville, California
2015 Tornado outbreak, flood 44 2015 Texas–Oklahoma flood and tornado outbreak Great Plains, Southern United States Additional 14 deaths occurred in Mexico
2017 Wildfire 44 >$3,000,000,000 October 2017 Northern California wildfires California The fires killed 44, injured at least 185 people, and destroyed 5,700 homes
1900 Accidentrailroad 43 Tacoma Streetcar Disaster Tacoma, Washington
1915 Accidentrailroad 43 $1,250,000 1915 Ardmore Gas Explosion Ardmore, Oklahoma Overpressured tank car filled with casing head gas exploded, causing major damage and death in the town.[30]
1940 Accidentrailroad 43 Doodlebug disaster Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
1947 Accidentaircraft 43 United Airlines Flight 521 LaGuardia Airport, New York
1948 Accidentaircraft 43 United Airlines Flight 624 Near Aristes, Pennsylvania
1951 Accidentaircraft 43 Cubana de Aviación Flight 493 Key West, Florida
1953 Accidentaircraft 43 USMC R4Q NROTC crash Milton, Florida
1963 Accidentaircraft 43 Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 705 Everglades, Florida
1965 Accidentaircraft 43 United Airlines Flight 227 Salt Lake City, Utah
1971 Prison riot 43 Attica Prison riot Attica, New York State troopers opened non-stop fire on prisoners and hostages after a four-day prison uprising, killing 29 of the former and 10 of the latter; one prison guard had also died at the beginning of the riot. It is considered the deadliest one-day encounter between Americans since the Civil War.
1987 Aircraft hijacking 43 PSA Flight 1771 Near Cayucos, California
2011 Tornado outbreak 43 $2,100,000,000 (2011) Tornado outbreak of April 14–16, 2011 Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania 162 tornadoes
2012 Tornado outbreak 43 $3,500,000,000 (2019) Tornado outbreak of March 2–3, 2012 Southern United States, Ohio Valley 70 tornadoes, with one of the deadliest in Henryville, Indiana. 41 tornadic deaths, with another 2 from related weather.
2014 Mudflow 43 2014 Oso mudslide Oso, Washington
1846 Tropical cyclone 42 1846 Havana hurricane Florida 40 in Key West, Florida, one in Savannah, Georgia, and one in South Carolina
1929 Tornado outbreak 42 Unknown damage 1929 Rye Cove tornado outbreak Virginia, Central and Eastern United States Including the thirteenth deadliest tornado strike at a school
1943 Accidentshipwreck 42 USS R-12 (SS-89) Off Florida
1952 Winter storm 42 February 1952 nor'easter New England Fatalities estimated
1959 Accidentaircraft 42 National Airlines Flight 967 Gulf of Mexico Disappeared; suspected bombing
1966 Accidentaircraft 42 Braniff Flight 250 Richardson County, Nebraska
1973 Accidentexplosion 42 1973 Staten Island gas explosion Staten Island, New York
1977 Fire (building) 42 Maury County jail fire Maury County, Tennessee 33 prisoners and 9 visitors killed[citation needed]
1998 Tornado outbreak 42 1998 Kissimmee tornado outbreak Central Florida Including the Intercession City–Port St. John tornado, which killed 25 people
1859 Bridge washout 41 South Bend train wreck South Bend, Indiana
1909 Tropical cyclone 41 1909 Velasco hurricane Texas
1914 Accidentshipwreck 41 SS Monroe (1902) Off Virginia Capes
1924 Accidentiron mine 41 Milford Mine Wolford Township, Crow Wing County, Minnesota
1950 Fire (building) 41 St. Elizabeth's Hospital fire Davenport, Iowa [citation needed]
1968 Natural gas explosion 41 Richmond, Indiana explosion Richmond, Indiana
1998 Tornado outbreak 41 Tornado outbreak of April 6–9, 1998 Midwestern United States, Eastern United States Including the Birmingham Metro tornado, which killed 32 people
2001 Tropical cyclone 41 $8,500,000,000 Tropical Storm Allison Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania
2020 Tropical cyclone 41 Hurricane Laura Louisiana, Texas, Florida

15 to 40 deaths[edit]

Year Type Fatalities Damage (US$) Article Location Comments
1901 Accidentshipwreck 40 SS Islander Lynn Canal, Alaska
1906 Accidentshipwreck 40–54 Dix (steamboat) Alki Point, Seattle, Washington
1927 Accidentshipwreck 40 USS S-4 (SS-109) Off Cape Cod, Massachusetts
1932 Tropical cyclone 40 1932 Freeport hurricane Texas
1933 Tropical cyclone 40 1933 Cuba–Brownsville hurricane South Texas
1953 Tornado outbreak sequence 40 $26,713,000 April–May 1953 tornado outbreak sequence Southeastern United States Including 18 deaths from a tornado in Warner Robins, Georgia; also including four non-tornadic deaths
1962 Winter storm 40 Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 East Coast of the United States
1969 Derecho 40+ Ohio Fireworks Derecho Ohio
1994 Tornado outbreak 40 $140,000,000 (2005) 1994 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak Southeastern United States Including a single tornado which killed 22 people in northeastern Alabama
2008 Coal ash spill 40 Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash slurry spill Kingston, Tennessee An estimated 40 cleanup workers died due to various illnesses believed to be caused by coal ash exposure
1912 Accidentrailroad 39 Corning train wreck Corning, New York
1964 Accidentaircraft 39 United Airlines Flight 823 Near Parrottsville, Tennessee
1968 Accidentaircraft 39 Wien Consolidated Airlines Flight 55 Pedro Bay, Alaska
1970 Accidentcoal mine 39 Hurricane Creek mine disaster Hyden, Kentucky
1977 Accidentdam failure 39 Kelly Barnes Dam Toccoa, Georgia
1997 Mass suicide 39 Heaven's Gate (religious group) San Diego, California Cult leaders Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles convinced followers they would join Comet Hale-Bopp to take them to another planet by swallowing poison.
1815 Tropical cyclone 38+ 1815 New England hurricane New England, Long Island
1846 Accidentshipwreck 38 John Minturn Mantoloking, New Jersey
1860 Accidentshipwreck 38 SS Northerner Centerville, Humboldt County, California
1886 Winter storm 38+ January 1886 blizzard Eastern United States
1887 Bridgerailroad 38 Forest Hills disaster Boston, Massachusetts
1920 Terrorism 38 Wall Street bombing Manhattan, New York
1956 Tornado outbreak 38 $58,000,000 Tornado outbreak of April 2–3, 1956 Central United States Including 17 deaths from the Saugatuck–Hudsonville–Standale, Michigan tornado
1964 Tropical cyclone, tornado 38 Hurricane Hilda Louisiana Including 22 deaths from a tornado near Larose, Louisiana
1967 Accidentaircraft 38 Lake Central Flight 527 Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, Ohio
1969 Accidentaircraft 38 United Airlines Flight 266 Santa Monica Bay, California
1973 Accidentaircraft 38 Ozark Air Lines Flight 809 Normandy, Missouri
2014 Tornado outbreak 38 ≥$1,000,000,000 (2014) Tornado outbreak of April 27–30, 2014 Southern United States, Central United States 84 tornadoes, including the Mayflower–Vilonia, Arkansas tornado which killed 16. 35 tornadic deaths, with another 3 from related weather.
2020 Tornado outbreak 38 $3,000,000,000 (2020) 2020 Easter tornado outbreak Southeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic Including six non-tornadic deaths
1883 Tornado 37 $700,000 (1883) 1883 Rochester tornado Rochester, Minnesota F5 tornado killed 37 and injured hundreds more. It led to the creation of the Mayo Clinic.
1948 Accidentaircraft 37 Northwest Airlines Flight 421 Fountain City, Wisconsin
1961 Accidentaircraft 37 Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 706 Chicago, Illinois
1966 Accidentshipwreck 37 Loss of MV Alva Cape New York Harbor 33 people killed in first fire, four people killed in second fire several days later
1976 Accidentaircraft 37 American Airlines Flight 625 Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
1994 Accidentaircraft 37 USAir Flight 1016 Charlotte, North Carolina
1846 Accidentshipwreck 36 USS Somers (1842) Off Veracruz Capsized due to a squall while chasing a blockade runner during the Mexican–American War
1887 Accidentshipwreck 36–50 SS Vernon Lake Michigan
1918 Tornado 36 1918 Tyler tornado Tyler, Minnesota
1924 Fire (building) 36 Financial damage not reported Babbs Switch fire Babbs Switch, Oklahoma Christmas tree lighted with candles accidentally caught fire and destroyed school building. 37 additional people injured.
1937 Accidentairship 36 Hindenburg disaster Manchester, New Jersey Hydrogen-filled zeppelin exploded while trying to dock.
2002 Tornado outbreak 36 $160,000,000 Tornado outbreak of November 9–11, 2002 Eastern United States
2010 Flood, tornado outbreak 36 $2,300,000,000
(2010)
2010 Tennessee floods Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi Including five tornado deaths from a related tornado outbreak
2016 Fire (building) 36 Ghost Ship warehouse fire Oakland, California
1900 Accidentrailroad 35 Camp Creek train wreck McDonough, Georgia
1907 Accidentcoal mine 35+ Naomi Mine explosion Fayette City, Pennsylvania
1914 Accidentshipwreck 35 Francis H. Leggett Off Columbia Bar, Oregon
1919 Accidentshipwreck 35 J. A. Chanslor Off Cape Blanco, Oregon
1949 Accidentaircraft 35 Standard Air Lines Flight 897R Chatsworth, California
1969 Accidentaircraft 35 Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 Lone Pine, California
1980 Ship – collision 35 Sunshine Skyway Bridge St. Petersburg, Florida
1991 Accidentaircraft 35 Los Angeles runway disaster Los Angeles, California
2007 Tornado outbreak, blizzard 35 $580,000,000 Tornado outbreak of February 28 – March 2, 2007 Central United States, Southern United States 20 deaths from tornadoes, 15 deaths from blizzard; four other deaths occurred in Canada
2011 Blizzard 35 2011 Halloween nor'easter Northeastern United States Additional four deaths in Canada
1878 Tornado 34 $5,300,000 (2007) 1878 Wallingford tornado Southern Connecticut
1893 Tropical cyclone 34 1893 New York hurricane Eastern United States
1916 Tropical cyclone 34+ 1916 Gulf Coast hurricane Gulf Coast of the United States
1920 Winter storm 34 1920 North Dakota blizzard North Dakota
1922 Accidentairship 34 Roma (airship) Norfolk, Virginia
1934 Fire (building) 34 Kerns Hotel fire Lansing, Michigan
1936 Accidentshipwreck 34 SS Iowa (1920) Columbia Bar, Washington
1943 Accidentshipwreck 34 USS Rogday (ID-3583) Off South Carolina
1945 Accidentrailroad 34 Michigan train wreck Michigan City, North Dakota
1950 Accidentrailroad 34 1950 Chicago streetcar crash Chicago, Illinois
1959 Accidentaircraft 34 Braniff Flight 542 Near Buffalo, Texas
1960 Accidentaircraft 34 National Airlines Flight 2511 Near Bolivia, North Carolina
1967 Attack - military ship 34 USS Liberty incident Mediterranean Sea 34 deaths on military ship USS Liberty due to the June 8, 1967, attack by Israeli Defense Force (IDF) aircraft and torpedo boats.
1967 Accidentaircraft 34 Mohawk Airlines Flight 40 Blossburg, Pennsylvania
1980 Accidentaircraft 34 Florida Commuter Airlines crash Atlantic Ocean, near West End, Bahamas
2015 Tropical cyclone, shipwreck 34 $200,000,000 Hurricane Joaquin Southeastern United States, Bermuda, Cuba, The Caribbean Including 33 deaths from the sinking of SS El Faro near the Bahamas, and one other death on land.
2019 Fire (dive boat) 34 Sinking of MV Conception Santa Cruz Island, California
1858 Accidentshipwreck 33 Eliza Battle Tombigbee River, Alabama Fatalities estimated
1913 Accidentexplosion 33 Alum Chine explosion Patapsco River, near Baltimore, Maryland
1925 Accidentshipwreck 33 USS S-51 (SS-162) Near Block Island, Rhode Island
1941 Accidentshipwreck 33 USS O-9 (SS-70) Off Portsmouth, New Hampshire
1952 Accidentaircraft 33 National Airlines Flight 101 Elizabeth, New Jersey Last of three plane crashes in Elizabeth over three months
1958 Accidentshipwreck 33 SS Carl D. Bradley Lake Michigan
1960 Tornado outbreak sequence 33 $32,618,000 May 1960 tornado outbreak sequence Midwestern United States, Southern United States Including 16 deaths from a single tornado in southeastern Oklahoma
1973 Flood 33 Mississippi flood of 1973 Mississippi Valley
1978 Tropical cyclone 33 Tropical Storm Amelia (1978) Texas
1996 Accidentexplosion 33 Humberto Vidal explosion Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
2007 Mass murderschool shooting 33 Virginia Tech shooting Blacksburg, Virginia Armed with two semi-automatic handguns, student Seung-Hui Cho shot to death 32 people in two separate attacks on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 23 other people were wounded, 17 by gunfire. Cho committed suicide.[31]
1858 Accidentshipwreck 32–33 John Milton (ship) Off Long Island, New York
1868 Accidentshipwreck 32+ Morning Star (1862 ship) Lake Erie At least 30 deaths aboard the Morning Star, and two deaths aboard the Cortland
1918 Accidentshipwreck 32 USS Cherokee (ID-458) Off Fenwick Island, Delaware Including two people who later died after being rescued by the British Admiral
1948 Accidentaircraft 32 1948 Los Gatos DC-3 crash Diablo Range, west of Coalinga, California
1948 Accidentaircraft 32 1948 Airborne Transport DC-3 disappearance Atlantic Ocean, off east coast of Florida Disappeared and was never recovered
1950 Accidentrailroad 32 Rockville Centre train crash Rockville Centre, New York
1962 Tornado outbreak sequence 32 Tornado outbreak sequence of May 14–June 1, 1962 Most fatalities were due to lightning rather than tornadoes
1963 Accident – bus, train 32 1963 Chualar bus crash Chualar, California Deadliest road accident in U.S. history, and deadliest U.S. rail accident involving a grade crossing
1968 Accidentaircraft 32 Northeast Airlines Flight 946 Etna, New Hampshire
1969 Tornado 32 1969 Hazlehurst, Mississippi tornadoes Hazlehurst, Mississippi
1973 Fire (building) 32 UpStairs Lounge arson attack New Orleans, Louisiana Deadliest attack on a gay bar in the U.S. until 2016; still unsolved.
1994 Tropical cyclone 32 Tropical Storm Alberto (1994) Georgia
1853 Accidentshipwreck 31 Steamboat Jenny Lind San Francisco Bay, California
1855 Bridgeaccident 31 Gasconade Bridge train disaster Gasconade, Missouri
1862 Accidentshipwreck 31 USS Weehawken (1862) Morris Island, South Carolina
1892 Accidentshipwreck 31 SS Western Reserve Lake Superior
1910 Accidentshipwreck 31 USS Nina Off Ocean City, Maryland
1913 Fire (building) 31 1913 Binghamton Factory fire Binghamton, New York
1940 Accidentrailroad 31 Little Falls Gulf Curve crash of 1940 Little Falls, New York An additional 51 were injured
1959 Accidentaircraft 31 Capital Airlines Flight 75 Chase, Maryland
1970 Accidentaircraft 31 Wichita State University football team plane crash Clear Creek County, Colorado
1981 Fire (building) 31 Keansburg nursing home fire Keansburg, New Jersey Nursing home full of elderly and mentally disabled[32]
1983 Accidentshipwreck 31 SS Marine Electric Off Virginia
1985 Accidentaircraft 31 Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1998 Flood 31 October 1998 Central Texas floods Texas
2009 Tsunami 31 2009 Samoa earthquake and tsunami American Samoa and nearby islands 189 total deaths, with 31 in American Samoa.
1845 Fire 30 Great New York City Fire of 1845 New York City, New York
1868 Earthquake 30 1868 Hayward earthquake Hayward, California
1887 Structural failure 30 Forest Hills disaster Boston, Massachusetts
1895 Accidentcopper mine 30 Osceola Mine Osceola Township, Houghton County, Michigan
1909 Accidentshipwreck 30–38 SS Marquette & Bessemer No. 2 Lake Erie
1923 Accidentrailroad 30 Glenrock train wreck Meadow Acres, Wyoming
1948 Accidentaircraft 30 Northwest Airlines Flight 4422 Mount Sanford, Alaska Territory
1952 Accidentaircraft 30 American Airlines Flight 6780 Elizabeth, New Jersey Second of three plane crashes in Elizabeth over three months
1955 Accidentaircraft 30 American Airlines Flight 476 Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
1956 Accidentrailroad 30 Redondo Junction train wreck Los Angeles, California
1965 Accidentaircraft 30 United Airlines Flight 389 Lake Michigan, near Lake Forest, Illinois
1982 Tornado outbreak 30 $390,500,000 Tornado outbreak of April 2–3, 1982 Midwestern United States, Southern United States
1987 Tornado 30 $2,500,000 1987 Saragosa tornado Saragosa, Texas
1989 Tornado outbreak 30 $160,000,000 (2005) November 1989 tornado outbreak Southern United States, Eastern United States 21 deaths from the Huntsville, Alabama tornado; nine others from an event in Newburgh, New York variously described as either a tornado or a downburst
1997 Tornado outbreak 30 $126,600,000 1997 Central Texas tornado outbreak Central Texas All 27 tornadic deaths were from a single tornado in Jarrell; three other non-tornadic fatalities occurred
2004 Tropical cyclone 30 Hurricane Charley Florida, Rhode Island
2005 Tropical cyclone 30 Hurricane Wilma Florida
2006 Tornado outbreak 30 $1,100,000,000 Tornado outbreak of April 2, 2006 Midwestern United States, Mississippi River Valley Including a single tornado in western Tennessee which killed 16; also including two non-tornadic deaths
2013 Tornado outbreak 30 Tornado outbreak of May 18–21, 2013 Moore, Oklahoma Including the Moore, Oklahoma tornado which killed 24; also including four non-tornadic and indirect deaths
1871 Accidentrailroad 29 Great Revere Train Wreck of 1871 Revere, Massachusetts
1910 Accidentshipwreck 29 SS Pere Marquette 18 Lake Michigan Including two crew members of sister ship Pere Marquette 17
1910 Wildfire 29–42 Baudette fire of 1910 Beltrami County, Minnesota
1920 Accidentshipwreck 29 SS Superior City Lake Superior Collided with SS Willis L. King
1933 Wildfire 29 1933 Griffith Park fire Griffith Park, California
1943 Accidentrailroad 29 Lackawanna Limited wreck Wayland, New York Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad passenger train sideswiped a freight train[33]
1954 Tropical cyclone 29 Hurricane Edna North Carolina, New England
1964 Accidentaircraft 29 Bonanza Air Lines Flight 114 Near Sloan, Nevada
1970 Fire (building) 29 Pioneer Hotel (Tucson, Arizona) Tucson, Arizona
1971 Accidentexplosion 29 Thiokol-Woodbine explosion Woodbine, Georgia
1973 Accidentshipwreck 29 MV Norse Variant Off New Jersey
1975 Accidentshipwreck 29 Wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald Lake Superior Deadliest disaster on the Great Lakes. Inspired hit song by Gordon Lightfoot
1976 Accident – school bus 29 Yuba City bus disaster Martinez, California
1977 Accidentaircraft 29 Air Indiana Flight 216 Evansville, Indiana The University of Evansville basketball team was traveling to Middle Tennessee State University when the plane crashed 90 seconds after takeoff from Dress Regional Airport.[34]
1990 Tornado 29 $160,000,000 1990 Plainfield tornado Plainfield, Illinois

Crest Hill, Illinois

1997 Accidentaircraft 29 Comair Flight 3272 Raisinville Township, Michigan
2007 Blizzard 29 $50,000,000 February 2007 North American blizzard Midwestern United States, Eastern United States, Gulf Coast of the United States Including one death due to a tornado in New Orleans; at least seven other deaths also occurred in Canada
2010 Accidentcoal mine 29 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster[35] Montcoal, West Virginia
1913 Fire (building) 28 Arcadia Hotel fire Boston
1927 Accidentexplosion 28 Pittsburgh gasometer explosion Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1949 Accidentaircraft 28 American Airlines Flight 157 Dallas, Texas
1951 Flood 28 $7,000,000,000
(2005)
Great Flood of 1951 Kansas, Missouri
1953 Accidentaircraft 28 American Airlines Flight 723 Colonie, New York
1958 Tornado outbreak 28 $83,275,000 Tornado outbreak of June 3–4, 1958 Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin Including 21 deaths from a tornado that struck Colfax, Wisconsin
1959 Earthquake 28+ 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake Montana
1961 Structural collapse 28 Texas Tower 4 Off the coast of Long Island, New York USAF radar station which sunk due to the January 1961 nor'easter
1968 Accidentaircraft 28 North Central Airlines Flight 458 Chicago, Illinois
1969 Accidentfire, explosion 28 USS Enterprise fire Pacific Ocean, off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
1971 Accidentaircraft 28 Allegheny Airlines Flight 485 New Haven, Connecticut
1977 Winter storm 28 Blizzard of 1977 New York
1987 Structural collapse 28 L'Ambiance Plaza collapse Bridgeport, Connecticut
1987 Accidentaircraft 28 Continental Airlines Flight 1713 Denver, Colorado
1998 Winter storm, flood 28 January 1998 North American ice storm Eastern United States Additional 28 deaths in Canada
2008 Tornado outbreak sequence 28 $250,324,000 Tornado outbreak sequence of May 7–15, 2008 Southern Plains, Southeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic Including the Picher, Oklahoma/Neosho, Missouri tornado which killed 21 people; also including three non-tornadic deaths
2012 Mass murderschool shooting 28 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Sandy Hook, Connecticut Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he fatally shot 20 students and 6 educators before committing suicide.[36]
1872 Earthquake 27 1872 Owens Valley earthquake Owens Valley, California
1947 Accidentcoal mine 27 West Frankfort, Illinois West Frankfort, Illinois
1958 Accident – school bus 27 Prestonsburg, Kentucky bus disaster Prestonsburg, Kentucky
1962 Accidentaircraft 27 Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 301 Honolulu, Hawaii
1984 Accidentcoal mine 27 Wilberg Mine Emery County, Utah
1988 Accident – school bus 27 Carrollton bus collision Carrollton, Kentucky
1992 Accidentaircraft 27 USAir Flight 405 Flushing Bay, near Queens, New York
1996 Tropical cyclone 27 Hurricane Fran The Carolinas, the Virginias, Pennsylvania
1997 Tornado outbreak 27 $115,000,000 March 1997 tornado outbreak Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee Including a single tornado which killed 15 people near Little Rock, Arkansas
2003 Winter storm 27 North American blizzard of 2003 Rocky Mountains, Central United States, Eastern United States
2013 Tornado outbreak, flood 27 Tornado outbreak of May 26–31, 2013 Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas 9 tornadic deaths, 18 from flooding and other causes
2017 Mass shooting 27 Sutherland Springs church shooting Sutherland Springs, Texas 26 murdered, gunman committed suicide after being mortally wounded by an armed civilian
1863 Accidentshipwreck 26 SS Ada Hancock San Pedro Bay, California
1911 Stampede 26 Canonsburg Opera House disaster Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
1913 Accidentexplosion, shipwreck 26 James T. Staples Tombigbee River, near Coffeeville, Alabama
1924 Accidentshipwreck 26 SS Clifton Lake Huron
1926 Accidentshipwreck 26 SS Papoose Mississippi River
1939 Accidentshipwreck 26 USS Sailfish (SS-192) Off New Hampshire
1951 Accidentaircraft 26 Continental Charters Flight 44-2 Near Napoli, New York
1959 Accidentaircraft 26 Piedmont Airlines Flight 349 Albemarle County, Virginia
1962 Tropical cyclone 26 Hurricane Daisy (1962) New England
1967 Accidentaircraft 26 TWA Flight 553 Concord Township, Champaign County, Ohio
1970 Tornado outbreak sequence 26 Tornado outbreak sequence of April 17–19, 1970 Midwestern United States, Southern United States Including a tornado which killed 16 people in the Texas Panhandle
1970 Tornado 26 $1,411,900,000
(2008)
Lubbock tornado Lubbock, Texas F5 tornado killed 26 and wounded approximately 500
1976 Accidentcoal mine 26 Scotia Mine Oven Fork, Kentucky
1980 Fire (building) 26 Stouffer's Inn fire Harrison, New York
1992 Tornado outbreak 26 $300,000,000 Tornado outbreak of November 1992 Southeastern United States, Ohio Valley
2008 Accidentrailroad 26 2008 Chatsworth train collision Chatsworth, California
2020 Tornado outbreak 26 $1,606,000,000 (2020) Tornado outbreak of March 2–3, 2020 Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri Including the Putnam County, Tennessee tornado which killed 19; also including one indirect fatality
1898 Accidentshipwreck 25–40 Hassler (vessel) North of Eldred Rock, Alaska
1913 Accidental shipwrecklake freighterstorm 25 SS Henry B. Smith Lake Superior The SS Henry B. Smith was taking iron ore from one side of Lake Superior to the other. The weather became below freezing with powerful storms which caused massive waves, which resulted in her sinking, killing all 25 crew members on the ship.
1916 Accidentshipwreck 25 SS James B. Colgate Lake Erie
1926 Tropical cyclone 25 1926 Nassau hurricane Puerto Rico
1926 Tropical cyclone 25 1926 Louisiana hurricane Louisiana
1929 Accidentshipwreck 25 SS Andaste Lake Michigan
1936 Flood 25 Johnstown flood of 1936 Johnstown, Pennsylvania area
1940 Accidentaircraft 25 Lovettsville air disaster Lovettsville, Virginia
1956 Tornado 25 1956 McDonald Chapel tornado Jefferson County, Alabama
1958 Accidentaircraft 25 Northeast Airlines Flight 258 Nantucket Memorial Airport, Massachusetts
1959 Accidentaircraft 25 Allegheny Airlines Flight 371 South Williamsport, Pennsylvania
1962 Accidentaircraft 25 Eastern Air Lines Flight 512 New York City, New York
1982 Fire (building) 25 Dorothy Mae Apartments Los Angeles, California Arson fire killed 19 residents on scene, 6 others died later from injuries.[citation needed]
1986 Accidentaircraft 25 Grand Canyon Airlines Flight 6 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Deadliest accident involving a helicopter in U.S. history
1991 Fire (building) 25 Hamlet chicken processing plant fire Hamlet, North Carolina Workers trapped behind locked doors
1991 Wildfire (wildland-urban interface) 25 $1,500,000,000 1991 Oakland firestorm Oakland, California, and vicinity Burned 2,900 structures and 1,500 acres in Oakland Hills
2005 Tornado 25 $92,000,000 Evansville Tornado of November 2005 Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio 7 tornadoes
1806 Tropical cyclone, shipwreck 24 1806 Great Coastal hurricane East Coast of the United States Including 21 deaths in the wreck of the Rose-in-Bloom off Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey, and three deaths in or offshore from North Carolina
1854 Accidentexplosion 24+ Gazelle (1854 sidewheeler) Canemah, Oregon
1881 Tornado outbreak 24 1881 Minnesota tornado outbreak Southern Minnesota Including 20 deaths from a single tornado
1901 Accidentshipwreck 24–25 SS Hudson (1887) Off Eagle Harbor, Michigan
1905 Accidentcoal mine 24 Red Ash Mine disasters Fire Creek, West Virginia Two explosions over two days killed a total of 24 people
1908 Accidentshipwreck 24 SS D.M. Clemson Lake Superior
1939 Accidentrailroad 24 1939 City of San Francisco derailment Harney, Nevada
1944 Accidentaircraft 24 American Airlines Flight 2 Mississippi River
1958 Fire (building) 24 Monarch Underwear Company fire New York City, New York
1974 Arson 24 Gulliver's nightclub fire Port Chester, New York
1980 Tropical cyclone 24 Hurricane Allen Texas, Louisiana 7 deaths in Texas, 17 offshore deaths in Louisiana
1991 Mass murder 24 Luby's shooting Killeen, Texas 23 murdered, gunman committed suicide
1994 Accidentaircraft 24 Green Ramp disaster Fayetteville, North Carolina Deadliest aircraft accident in the U.S. involving victims on the ground
1995 Accidentaircraft 24 1995 Alaska Boeing E-3 Sentry accident Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
2002 Winter storm 24 North Carolina ice storm of 2002 North Carolina
2015 Extratropical cyclone 24 October 2015 North American storm complex Eastern United States Additional death in New Brunswick
1891 Accidentrailroad 23 Railway accident on the Bostian Bridge Statesville, North Carolina
1900 Structural collapse 23 Thanksgiving Day Disaster San Francisco, California Deadliest sporting event accident in US history
1919 Accidentrailroad 23 Onawa train wreck Onawa, Maine
1923 Accidentshipwreck 23 Honda Point disaster Near Lompoc, California 20 deaths aboard USS Young, three deaths aboard USS Delphy
1925 Accidentshipwreck 23 M.E. Norman Mississippi River
1933 Tropical cyclone 23–25 1933 Outer Banks hurricane North Carolina, Virginia Two people went missing in Maine
1950 Accidentshipwreck 23 USS Benevolence Off San Francisco, California
1959 Explosionfire 23 Meldrim, Georgia, trestle disaster Meldrim, Georgia
1961 Tornado outbreak sequence 23 $42,205,000 Tornado outbreak sequence of May 3–9, 1961 Great Plains, Mississippi Valley, Midwest, Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeastern United States Including 16 deaths from a tornado in Le Flore County, Oklahoma
1962 Accidentexplosion 23 New York Telephone Company building explosion New York City, New York
1965 Accidentaircraft 23 USAF KC-135 Wichita crash Wichita, Kansas
1968 Accidentaircraft 23 Los Angeles Airways Flight 841 Paramount, California
1970 Accidentaircraft 23 ALM Flight 980 Caribbean Sea, off Saint Croix
1970 Tropical cyclone 23 Hurricane Celia Texas, Florida
1970 Tropical cyclone, flood 23 Tropical Storm Norma (1970) Arizona
1976 Arson 23 Wincrest Nursing Home fire Chicago, Illinois
1976 Fire (building) 23 Pathfinder Hotel fire Fremont, Nebraska Explosion caused by natural gas leak in the hotel basement ignited the fire and shattered windows in neighboring buildings.[citation needed]
1977 Blizzard 23 $56,250,000
(1977)
Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 New York, Ontario The brunt of the blizzard was centered around Buffalo.
1980 Accidentshipwreck 23 USCGC Blackthorn Tampa Bay, Florida
1983 Accidentaircraft 23 Air Canada Flight 797 Cincinnati, Ohio
1989 Accidentexplosion 23 $1,415,000,000
(1990)
Phillips disaster Pasadena, Texas 314 people injured
1991 Accidentaircraft 23 Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 Brunswick, Georgia
2016 Flood 23+ 2016 West Virginia flood West Virginia and Virginia
2019 Tornado 23 Tornado outbreak of March 3, 2019 Alabama and Georgia All 23 fatalities due to a single tornado; 3 of the deaths were children
2019 Mass shooting 23 2019 El Paso shooting El Paso, Texas
2021 Winter storm 23 February 15–20, 2021 North American winter storm Contiguous United States Additional six deaths in Mexico
1821 Tropical cyclone 22+ 1821 Norfolk and Long Island hurricane East Coast of the United States
1865 Tornado 22 1865 Viroqua tornado Viroqua, Wisconsin
1893 Structural collapse 22 Ford's Theatre Washington, D.C.
1895 Accidentshipwreck 22 SS Chicora Lake Michigan
1907 Accidentshipwreck 22 SS Cyprus Lake Superior
1903 Accidentexplosion 22 United States Cartridge Company explosion Lowell, Massachusetts
1929 Fire (building) 22 Study Club fire Detroit, Michigan
1942 Accidentaircraft 22 TWA Flight 3 Potosi Mountain, southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada Among those killed were actress Carole Lombard and her mother, who were returning to Los Angeles after a war bond drive in their home state of Indiana.
1953 Tornado outbreak 22 $6,835,000 Mid–March 1953 tornado outbreak Great Plains, Mississippi Valley, Southeastern United States Including 17 deaths from a tornado in northern Texas
1956 Accidentaircraft 22 TWA Flight 400 Moon Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
1959 Tornado outbreak 22 $53,713,000 St. Louis tornado outbreak of February 1959 Great Plains, Midwestern United States, Southeastern United States 21 deaths from a single tornado in St. Louis, Missouri, and one death from flooding
1959 Tropical cyclone, tornado outbreak 22 Hurricane Gracie Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia Including 12 deaths from a tornado outbreak in Virginia
1960 Accidentaircraft 22 Cal Poly football team plane crash Toledo, Ohio
1963 Fire (building) 22 Hotel Roosevelt fire Jacksonville, Florida
1972 Accidentaircraft 22 1972 Sacramento Canadair Sabre accident Sacramento, California
1974 Tornado outbreak 22 Tornado outbreak of June 8, 1974 Midwestern United States, Southern United States
1979 Tropical cyclone 22 Hurricane David Puerto Rico, East Coast of the United States
1980 Accident – tour bus 22 Jasper, Arkansas [citation needed]
1984 Mass shooting, hostage taking 22 San Ysidro McDonald's massacre San Ysidro, California James Huberty entered a McDonald's armed with multiple Firearms, and shot dead 21 people before being killed by police.
1991 Winter storm 22 1991 Halloween blizzard Central United States
1999 Accident – tour bus 22 New Orleans, Louisiana Plunged over embankment, carrying senior citizens from casino[citation needed]
2012 Derecho 22 June 2012 North American derecho Midwestern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States
2014 Winter storm 22 February 2014 nor'easter Eastern United States
2015 Tropical cyclone 22 Hurricane Linda (2015) Utah, California
2017 Tornado outbreak 22 $1,300,000,000 (2017) Tornado outbreak of January 21–23, 2017 Southeastern United States, Northeastern United States Including two non-tornadic deaths
2017 Wildfire 22 Tubbs Fire Napa and Sonoma County, California Wildfire burned 36,807 acres and 5,636 structures.
2018 Blizzard 22 January 2018 North American blizzard Eastern United States
2022 Mass murderschool shooting 22 Robb Elementary School shooting Uvalde, Texas Including the perpetrator
1889 Accidentshipwreck 21+ Alaskan (sidewheeler) Oregon
1903 Accidentrailroad 21 1903 East Paris train wreck Kentwood, Michigan
1905 Accidentrailroad 21 20th Century Limited derailment Mentor, Ohio
1910 Bombing 21 Los Angeles Times bombing Los Angeles, California
1910 Fire, structural failure 21 Chicago Union Stock Yards fire Chicago, Illinois
1915 Accidentshipwreck 21 USS F-4 Off Honolulu, Hawaii
1915 Fire (building) 21 St. Johns School fire Peabody, Massachusetts Schoolgirls trapped behind exit door; resulted in first city law requiring that exit doors open outward
1919 Accidentexplosion 21 $6,600,000,000
(2005)
Great Molasses Flood Boston, Massachusetts Damages are out-of-court settlements only; repairs took 133 man-months
1953 Accidentrailroad 21 1953 New York Central Railroad accident Conneaut, Ohio
1957 Tornado outbreak sequence 21 $9,500,000 Early-April 1957 tornado outbreak sequence Central United States, Eastern United States
1959 Fire (building) 21 Arkansas Negro Boys' Industrial School Wrightsville, Arkansas
1968 Accidentaircraft 21 Los Angeles Airways Flight 417 Compton, California
1983 Tropical cyclone 21 Hurricane Alicia Texas
1986 Accident – tour bus 21 Walker, California [citation needed]
1987 Winter storm, shipwrecks 21 February 1987 nor'easter Mid-Atlantic United States 18 deaths on MV Balsa 24, and 3 deaths on the Delores Marie
1989 Motor vehicle accident 21 Alton, Texas bus crash Alton, Texas
1991 Tornado outbreak 21 $250,000,000 Andover tornado outbreak Great Plains Including one tornado which killed 17 people near Andover, Kansas
2003 Accidentaircraft 21 Air Midwest Flight 5481 Charlotte, North Carolina
2003 Stampede 21 2003 E2 nightclub stampede Chicago, Illinois
2007 Tornado outbreak 21 $218,000,000 2007 Groundhog Day tornado outbreak Central Florida
2007 Tropical cyclone 21 Tropical Storm Erin (2007) Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri
2008 Tropical cyclone 21 Tropical Storm Fay (2008) Puerto Rico, Southeastern United States
2009 Winter storm 21 2009 North American Christmas blizzard Midwest, Great Plains, Eastern United States
2014 Cold wave 21 Early 2014 North American cold wave Central United States, Eastern United States
2018 Debris flow 21–23 2018 Southern California mudflows Southern California 163 injured. 65 residences destroyed, 462 residences damaged, 8 commercial buildings destroyed, 20 commercial buildings damaged
1860 Accidentshipwreck 20 USCS Robert J. Walker (1844) Off New Jersey
1872 Fire (urban conflagration) 20 $73,500,000
(1872)
Great Boston fire of 1872 Boston, Massachusetts
1874 Fire (urban conflagration) 20 Chicago Fire of 1874 Chicago, Illinois
1881 Tornado outbreak 20+ Tornado outbreak of June 1881 West North Central States
1882 Accidentshipwreck 20 SS Escambia San Francisco, California
1890 Accidentrailroad 20 1890 Quincy train wreck Quincy, Massachusetts
1907 Accident - Explosion 20-24 $100,000 (1907) Standard Steel Mill Explosion Butler, Pennsylvania [citation needed]
1907 Accidentrailroad 20 Woodlawn derailment Woodlawn, The Bronx, New York City The day after the New York Central Railroad inaugurated electrical train service in New York City and suburban Westchester County, an electric engine (which had a higher center of mass than the old steam engines) jumped the tracks on a curve leading into Woodlawn station. Wreckage was strewn over a mile (1.6 km) with 20 dead and 150 injured.
1916 Accidentshipwreck 20 SS S.R. Kirby Off Eagle Harbor, Michigan
1916 Tropical cyclone 20 1916 Texas hurricane Texas
1924 Accidentexplosion 20 1924 Nixon Nitration Works disaster Nixon, New Jersey
1928 Accidentexplosion 20 Preble Box Toe Company explosion Lynn, Massachusetts
1943 Accidentaircraft 20 American Airlines Flight 63 (Flagship Ohio) Allen County, Kentucky
1948 Smog 20 1948 Donora smog Donora, Pennsylvania
1957 Accidentaircraft 20 Northeast Airlines Flight 823 Queens, New York
1968 Accidentaircraft 20 Allegheny Airlines Flight 736 Bradford, Pennsylvania
1969 Winter storm 20+ December 1969 nor'easter Northeastern United States
1978 Fire (building) 20 Coates House Hotel Kansas City, Missouri
2005 Accidentshipwreck 20 Ethan Allen boating accident Lake George (New York) Overloaded tour boat capsized from another boat's wake.
2005 Accidentaircraft 20 Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101 Off Miami Beach, Florida
2008 Tornado outbreak sequence, flood 20 $146,900,000 Tornado outbreak sequence of June 3–11, 2008 Central United States, Eastern United States 7 tornado deaths, 13 from other events (see also June 2008 Midwest floods)
2010 Flood 20 June 2010 Arkansas floods Albert Pike Recreation Area near Langley, Arkansas
2011 Flood 20 2011 Mississippi River floods Mississippi River Valley
2017 Tornado outbreak, flood 20 Tornado outbreak and floods of April 28 – May 1, 2017 High Plains, Western United States (Rocky Mountains), Ohio Valley, Upper Midwest, Southeastern United States 5 deaths from tornadoes, 15 from other causes
2018 Motor vehicle accident 20 Schoharie limousine crash Schoharie, New York Stretch limo ran a stop sign on a three-way intersection, killing all 18 inside and two people in a parking lot
2021 Flood 20 2021 Tennessee floods Middle Tennessee
1863 Accidentshipwreck 19 CSS Chattahoochee Apalachicola River
1878 Accidentrailroad 19 Wollaston disaster Quincy, Massachusetts
1888 Accidentshipwreck 19 SS City of Chester Golden Gate, California
1897 Accidentrailroad 19 Garrison train crash Garrison, New York
1908 Fire (urban conflagration) 19 Great Chelsea fire of 1908 Chelsea, Massachusetts
1917 Accidentshipwreck 19 USS F-1 Off Point Loma, San Diego, California
1943 Accidentaircraft 19 Pan Am Flight 1104 Mendocino County, California
1943 Tropical cyclone 19 1943 Surprise Hurricane Louisiana, Texas
1944 Accidentaircraft 19 Long Creek air disaster South Portland, Maine
1944 Accidentaircraft 19 US Army C-47 crash Mount Deception (Alaska)
1950 Accidentaircraft 19 1950 Fairfield-Suisun Boeing B-29 crash Fairfield-Suisun Air Force Base, California
1953 Accidentaircraft 19 BCPA Flight 304 Near Woodside, California
1956 Fire (industrial) 19 McKee refinery fire Near Sunray, Texas
1957 Tornado outbreak sequence 19 Tornado outbreak sequence of December 18–20, 1957 Midwestern United States, Southern United States
1962 Tornado outbreak 19 $3,380,000 Tornado outbreak of March 30–31, 1962 Southeastern United States Including 17 deaths from a single tornado in Milton, Florida and two lightning deaths
1964 Flood 19 Christmas flood of 1964 Pacific Northwest
1969 Accidentaircraft 19 Prinair Flight 277 Fajardo, Puerto Rico
1970 Tropical cyclone 19 Tropical Depression Fifteen (1970) Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
1974 Accidentbus 19 1974 Blythe, California bus crash Ripley, California
1992 Winter storm 19 December 1992 nor'easter Northeastern United States
1996 Tropical cyclone 19 Hurricane Hortense Puerto Rico
2000 Accidentaircraft 19 2000 Marana V-22 crash Near Tucson, Arizona
2000 Accidentaircraft 19 2000 East Coast Aviation Services British Aerospace Jetstream crash Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
2000 Terrorism 19 USS Cole bombing Aden, Yemen Including the two perpetrators
2013 Wildfire 19 Yarnell Hill Fire Yarnell, Arizona 19 firefighters were killed when they became trapped in the fast-spreading fire.
1887 Accident - mine explosion 18 Savanna, Oklahoma (then Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory) Explosions in Savanna Coal Mining and Trading Company Mines #1 and #2 killed 6 miners and 12 rescuers.[37]
1892 Accidentshipwreck 18 SS W.H. Gilcher Lake Michigan
1911 Accidentrailroad 18 Indianola train wreck Indianola, Nebraska
1928 Accidentrailroad 18 1928 Times Square derailment New York City, New York
1947 Accidentaircraft 18 Eastern Air Lines Flight 665 Galax, Virginia
1947 Accidentaircraft 18 Pan Am Flight 923 Annette Island, Alaska Territory
1960 Tropical cyclone 18 1960 Texas tropical storm Texas, Arkansas
1961 Accidentaircraft 18 United Airlines Flight 859 Denver, Colorado
1966 Tornado outbreak sequence 18 $250,603,000 Tornado outbreak sequence of June 1966 Southern United States, Midwestern United States, Great Plains Including 16 deaths from a single tornado in Topeka, Kansas
1966 Mass murderschool shooting 18 University of Texas massacre Austin, Texas Including the perpetrator and an unborn child
1966 Accidentaircraft 18 West Coast Airlines Flight 956 Clackamas County, Oregon
1993 Accidentaircraft 18 Northwest Airlink Flight 5719 Hibbing, Minnesota
2000 Tornado outbreak 18 Tornado outbreak of February 13–14, 2000 Southeastern United States
2001 Accidentaircraft 18 2001 Avjet Gulfstream III crash Pitkin County, Colorado
2006 Extratropical cyclone 18 Hanukkah Eve windstorm of 2006 Washington, Oregon
2007 Flood 18 2007 Midwest flooding Midwestern United States
2011 Tropical cyclone 18 Tropical Storm Lee (2011) Gulf Coast of the United States, Eastern United States
2013 Blizzard 18 Early February 2013 North American blizzard Eastern United States
2015 Tornado outbreak 18 $1,606,000,000 (2020) Tornado outbreak of December 23–25, 2015 Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Alabama Including five non-tornadic deaths
1861 Accidentrailroad 17–20 Platte Bridge Railroad Tragedy St. Joseph, Missouri
1898 Accidentshipwreck 17 SS L.R. Doty Lake Michigan
1903 Accidentrailroad 17 Purdue Wreck Indianapolis, Indiana
1905 Accidentrailroad 17 Baker Bridge train wreck Lincoln, Massachusetts
1910 Accidentexplosion 17 Morewood Lake Ice Company explosion Pittsfield, Massachusetts
1919 Accidentshipwreck 17 SS Myron Lake Superior
1923 Accident – collapse 17–35+ Allen Street Bridge disaster Cowlitz River, Washington Fatalities estimated
1936 Accidentaircraft 17 American Airlines Flight 1 (1936) Near Goodwin, Arkansas
1944 Accidentshipwreck 17 USS YF-415 Hingham, Massachusetts Including one person who died of his injuries after being rescued
1947 Accidentexplosion 17 O'Connor Plating Works disaster Los Angeles, California
1950 Tropical cyclone 17 Hurricane Dog (1950) East Coast of the United States Including three deaths in a car accident in Bel Air, Maryland, two drowning deaths in Lexington, Virginia, and 12 deaths in New England
1951 Flood 17 Great Flood of 1951 Kansas, Missouri
1951 Tropical cyclone, shipwreck 17 Hurricane How Cape Hatteras, North Carolina 17 people were killed in the wreck of the Southern Isle
1953 Accidentshipwreck 17 SS Henry Steinbrenner Lake Superior
1954 Tropical cyclone 17 Hurricane Alice (June 1954) Texas
1962 Accidentaircraft 17 United Airlines Flight 297 Near Ellicott City, Maryland
1965 Accidentspipeline accidents 17 Pipeline explosion and fire Natchitoches, Louisiana [38]
1965 Tornado outbreak 17 $51,000,000 Early May 1965 tornado outbreak Great Plains, Midwestern United States
1968 Accidentshipwreck 17 USCGC White Alder (WLM-541) Mississippi River, near White Castle, Louisiana
1972 Accidentaircraft 17 Mohawk Airlines Flight 405 Albany, New York
1979 Accidentaircraft 17 Downeast Flight 46 Rockland, Maine
1984 Accidentexplosion 17 1984 Romeoville petroleum refinery disaster Romeoville, Illinois
1986 Tornado outbreak 17 $25,000,000 Tornado outbreak of March 10–12, 1986 Central United States, Eastern United States, Southern United States
1990 Accidentexplosion 17 1990 ARCO explosion Channelview, Texas
1991 Accidentautomobile 17 Interstate 5 dust storm accident Coalinga, California
2002 Mass murder
serial killings
17 Beltway sniper attacks Washington metropolitan area 3 injured in the Beltway sniper attacks and 7 in preliminary shootings
2004 Winter storm 17 December 21–24, 2004 North American winter storm South Central United States, Ohio Valley Additional death in Canada
2005 Flood 17 Los Angeles County flood of 2005 Los Angeles County, California Including 10 deaths in the La Conchita landslide
2008 Flood 17 Early Spring 2008 Midwest floods Central United States
2008 Accidentbus 17 Sherman, Texas bus accident Sherman, Texas
2018 School shooting 17 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting Parkland, Florida Former student Nikolas Cruz, was dropped off by an Uber car to Stoneman Douglas High School, shot and killed 14 students and 3 staff members, left the scene and was later arrested in Coral Springs.
2018 Accidentshipwreck 17 Table Rock Lake duck boat accident Branson, Missouri
2022 Fire (building) 17 2022 Bronx apartment fire The Bronx, New York City, New York
1804 Tropical cyclone 16 1804 New England hurricane New England
1833 Accidentexplosion, shipwreck 16 Lioness (steamship) Near Colfax, Louisiana
1862 Accidentshipwreck 16 USS Monitor Off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
1890 Tornado 16 1890 Wilkes-Barre tornado Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
1905 Accidentshipwreck 16 SS Kaliyuga Lake Huron
1914 Accidentshipwreck 16–20 SS Benjamin Noble Near Knife River, Minnesota
1926 Tornado 16 La Plata tornado of 1926 La Plata, Maryland 13 killed in La Plata Elementary School
1947 Wildfires 16 Great Fires of 1947 Maine
1955 Accidentaircraft 16 TWA Flight 260 Bernalillo County, New Mexico
1956 Tropical cyclone 16 Hurricane Betsy (1956) Puerto Rico
1956 Accidentexplosion 16 Lariat Cafe explosion Monticello, Utah
1967 Tropical cyclone 16 Hurricane Beulah Puerto Rico, Texas
1970 Wildfire 16 Laguna Fire Laguna Mountains, California
1978 Accidentrailroad 16 Waverly, Tennessee, tank car explosion Waverly, Tennessee An additional 43 injured
1978 Tornado, shipwreck 16 1978 Whippoorwill tornado Pomona Lake, Kansas Tornado struck a tourist boat, causing it to capsize
1987 Accidentrailroad 16 1987 Maryland train collision Chase, Maryland
1987 Mass murder
spree killer
16 The Dover massacre Dover, ArkansasRussellville, Arkansas
1991 Tropical cyclone 16 Hurricane Bob East Coast of the United States
2006 Flood 16 2006 Mid-Atlantic United States flood Mid-Atlantic United States
2012 Tornado outbreak, blizzard 16 $150,000,000 Late December 2012 North American storm complex Alaska, Contiguous United States
2015 Terrorism 16 2015 San Bernardino attack San Bernardino, California An additional 24 injured
2016 Accidenthot air balloon 16 2016 Lockhart hot air balloon crash Lockhart, Texas Deadliest ballooning disaster in U.S. history
2017 Blizzard 16–19 March 2017 North American blizzard Northeastern United States, Upper Midwest, Great Plains
2017 Accidentaircraft 16 2017 United States Marine Corps KC-130 crash Leflore County, Mississippi
2020 Wildfire 16 North Complex fire Plumas National Forest, California
2021 Tornado outbreak sequence 16 $3,200,000,000 Tornado outbreak sequence of March 24–28, 2021 Southeastern United States Including one indirect and eight non-tornadic deaths
1815 Tropical cyclone 15 1815 North Carolina hurricane North Carolina
1881 Accidentshipwreck 15 City of Muskegon Lake Michigan
1883 Accidentrailroad 15 1883 Tehachapi train wreck Tehachapi, California
1902 Accidentrailroad 15 Park Avenue main line New York City, New York
1917 Tropical cyclone 15 1917 Nueva Gerona hurricane Louisiana, Florida 10 in Louisiana, 5 in Florida
1936 Accidentshipwreck 15 MV Material Service Lake Michigan
1937 Wildfire 15 Blackwater Fire of 1937 Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
1948 Flood 15 Vanport flood Vanport, Oregon
1950 Accidentaircraft 15 Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 307 Minneapolis, Minnesota
1953 Wildfire 15 Rattlesnake Fire Mendocino National Forest, California
1954 Fire (building) 15 Cleveland Hill Middle School fire Cheektowaga, New York
1955 Accidentaircraft 15 1955 Cincinnati mid-air collision Boone County, Kentucky
1956 Tropical cyclone 15 Hurricane Flossy (1956) Gulf Coast of the United States, East Coast of the United States
1969 Accidentaircraft 15 Scandinavian Airlines System Flight 933 Santa Monica Bay, near Los Angeles, California
1969 Tornado outbreak 15 $4,270,000 Tornado outbreak of August 6, 1969 Minnesota, Nebraska
1984 Arson 15 Beverly rooming house fire Beverly, Massachusetts
1986 Mass murder 15 Edmond post office shooting Edmond, Oklahoma 14 victims and 1 perpetrator
1994 Accidentaircraft 15 Flagship Airlines Flight 3379 Morrisville, North Carolina
1999 Mass murderschool shooting 15 Columbine High School massacre Jefferson County, Colorado Armed with 2 sawed-off shotguns, a TEC-9 pistol and a carbine, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered their school in Littleton and opened fire at the students and staff, killing 12 students, 1 teacher and then killing themselves.
2003 Wildfire 15 Cedar Fire San Diego County, California Burned 273,246 acres and 2,820 structures
2005 Accidentexplosion 15 Texas City Refinery explosion Texas City, Texas
2005 Tropical cyclone 15 Hurricane Dennis Florida, Alabama, Mississippi
2009 Tornado outbreak 15 $18,100,000 Tornado outbreak of February 10–11, 2009 Central United States, Eastern United States Including seven non-tornadic deaths
2011 Accident – tour bus 15 World Wide Tours bus crash Bronx, New York En route to Connecticut casino, March 12
2012 Tornado outbreak 15 $475,000,000 2012 Leap Day tornado outbreak Great Plains, Ohio Valley
2013 Accidentexplosion 15 West Fertilizer Company explosion West, Texas More than 160 people were injured. Several years later, investigators concluded that the fire that preceded the explosion had been deliberately set.
2020 Tropical cyclone 15 Hurricane Isaias East Coast of the United States, Puerto Rico

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