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Great Disasters In History
This is a quiz about some of the known and unknown disasters that shook our world.
In 79 BC, a major cloud appeared over mount Vesuvius. The eruption that would follow, would forever be linked to the demise of Pompeji. However, this was not the only city buried beneath ash and mud. What other town was devastated by the eruption?
This 1755 disaster was widely believed to be 'God's wrath'. After this disaster, the Inquisition came down even harder on the 'non'-believers. In Spain and Portugal non-Catholics were forced to baptize, in England and Sweden official days of fasting were proclaimed. Voltaire mentioned this disaster in his Novel 'Candide'.
The fall of Constantinople
Famine due to poor harvests
The Lisbon Earthquake
The Black Plague
This disaster, which took place in 1883, caused a tsunami with up to 50 m high waves. It struck the coasts of Java and Sumatra, flooding approximately 300 towns and killing 36.000 people. What was the direct cause?
The Explosion of Krakatau
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The disease known by the name Phytophera Infestants was directly responsible for the deaths of over 1.5 million people, in a 7-year period. Although the disease itself is not deadly, it resulted into what?
The outbreak of Influenza
The outbreak of Bubonic Plague
The outbreak of Tuberculosis
The Great Hunger
The famous rhyme 'I had a little bird. It's name was Enza. I opened the window. And In-flew-Enza' refers to what disaster?
The Bird flu
The Spanish Flu
The Sleeping Disease
This German airship exploded on May 6, 1937 causing a disaster which was covered live on the radio by WLS Chicago correspondent Herb Morrison.
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In the year 1770, the worst ever famine in history struck this region, considered to be one of the most densely populated areas on Earth.
In 1931 a big flood hit this country/area causing the deaths of approximately 850.000 - 4.000.000 people.
The flooding of the Volga - Russia
The flooding of the Nile - Egypt
Tsunami - Indonesia
The Yellow River flooding - China
In 1991, a cyclone, unofficially known as Cyclone Gorky, struck this country leaving at least 138.000 people dead.
What caused the 'Queen of the Sea' train disaster which killed 1700 passengers?
The brakes on an overfilled troop train returning from the front in 1917could not take the weight of the many wagons.
A cyclone hit the train in Bihar, India, while it was crossing a bridge. It derailed and plunged into the river below.
After the 2004 Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami this train was washed away from a Srilankan coastal track.
Two trains collided on the Tokaido Main Line in Yokohama, Japan.
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