What is disaster?

  • (noun): A state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune.
    Example: "His policies were a disaster"
    Synonyms: catastrophe
    See also — Additional definitions below


A disaster is a natural or man-made (or technological) hazard resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. A disaster can be ostensively defined as any tragic event stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents, fires, or explosions. It is a phenomenon that can cause damage to life and property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of people.

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Classifications - Man-made Disasters
... Man-made disasters are the consequence of technological or human hazards ... Man-made disasters are examples of specific cases where man-made hazards have become reality in an event ...
Niamiha Disaster
... The Nyamiha disaster was a deadly human crush that took place at Nyamiha metro station in Minsk, Belarus ... Brooklyn Theater Fire 1883 Victoria Hall disaster 1896 Khodynka Tragedy 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire 1908 Barnsley Public Hall disaster 1913 Italian Hall disaster 1927 Laurier Palace Theatre fire 1943 ...
Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act Of 2006 - Background
... The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 (H.R.5013, S.2599) was a bill introduced March 28, 2006 by Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal in the House and on April 7, 2006 by Republican ... to prohibit the confiscation of a firearm during an emergency or major disaster if the possession of such firearm is not prohibited under Federal or State law ... The proposed amendment was subsequently modified to contain the provisions of the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 ...
Singapore Cable Car - Disaster
... An accident on the Singapore Cable Car system occurred at about 6 p.m ... on 29 January 1983, when the derrick of the Eniwetok, a Panamanian-registered oil rig, passed under the aerial ropeway and struck the cable that stretched over the waterway between the Jardine Steps Station and the Sentosa Station ...
Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team - History
... the role managing the Federal response to aviation disaster victims and their families ... this response was the Office of Family Affairs, later renamed the Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance ... The NTSB made use of DMORTs to handle large scale transportation disasters ...

More definitions of "disaster":

  • (noun): An act that has disastrous consequences.

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