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There are many excellent case studies of disasters, as well as a growing body of scholarly literature that explores key issues and themes in the interdisciplinary field of Disaster Studies. The bibliography below is by no means exhaustive.

Wikipedia is an excellent source of informative lists of calamities of various types: earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, and various other types of disasters.

For a recent book that examines the evolution of how people thought about, and responded to, disasters in the English-speaking world, see Cynthia A. Kierner, Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood (2019).