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Air pollution is threatening the survival of the great buildings of ancient Greece. Modern museum professionals and scientists are taking steps to understand and stop the deterioration process.

According to the official website on the restoration…

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This article from the Chicago Tribune discusses the Great Kanto Earthquake--the deadliest earthquake in Japan's history--that devatated Tokyo and Yokohama on 1 September 1923 and how Japan’s status as a nation will be affected by the disaster. The…

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Although the most famous yellow fever epidemic hit Philadelphia in 1793, the disease returned often in the ensuing decades. This War Department document, from 1798, details requirements for combating and preventing the contagious fever that was…

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This article from the Richmond Enquirer describes the March 1863 explosion at the Confederate States Laboratory, an ordinance factory, on Brown's Island in Richmond, Virginia. Published three days after the accident, this article describes the…

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The newspaper article details some of the immediate relief efforts taken after the February 1852 Holmfirth flood in Yorkshire, which occurred when the embankment of the Bilberry reservoir collapsed, releasing 86 million gallons of water. Eighty-one…

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In what remains the deadliest aviation disaster in history, two 747 jumbo jets from Pan Am Airways and KLM Royal Dutch Airways collided on a runway at Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife on the Canary Islands. The two planes were among several that…

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After Hurricane Hugo ravaged the South Carolina coastline on September 21, 1989, many people and items were displaced from their homes. For example, this sail boat, called The Guppy, came to rest in the middle of Lockwood Drive, quite a distance from…

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Rev. Increase Mather frequently wrote on the role of divine providence in natural disasters and phenomenon. He preached on the need for his congregation to rededicate themselves to their covenant with God and used disaster narratives as evidence of…

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On October 9, 1837, the Home sank after it sustained damage and was then caught in the hurricane called Racer’s Storm. The incident occurred on the boat’s third journey from New York City to Charleston. There were an estimated ninety passengers and…

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This is an image of the title page of the Rev. Thomas Doolittle’s 1693 pamphlet on the natural causes of earthquakes and the providential meanings of them. He, like many religious leaders and laypeople alike, …
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