Fatal Accidents or 'disasters'

Sites where there have been "disasters" causing significant numbers of human deaths from a single incident or where repeated "tourism related" deaths have totalled a significant number. Only sites involving an "entry" are included (ie not city or town centres etc) and "simple" traffic accidents etc are not counted.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Cape Floral Region Table Mountain - "... 10 to 20 fatalities on it a year"
Corfu Old Fortress: In 1718 lightning struck the powder magazine at Castel da Mare causing an explosion which created a chain reaction during which three secondary ammunition facilities also exploded, this in turn destroying most buildings inside the castle. The Venetian commander of the fortress was killed along with members of his staff. Hundreds of others died in the explosion, in "one of the greatest catastrophes" in the history of Corfu. (wiki)
Everglades Crash of ValuJet Flight 592 in 1996, killing all 110 people on board. It crashed in the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area in the Everglades
Fujisan 7 deaths among climbers in 2012
Ha Long Bay 12 tourists killed on boat that sunk in February 2011
Hallstatt-Dachstein 13 people(10 students and 3 teacher from the Knabenmittelschule Heilbronn) died/freezed on 15 april 1954
Hampi In January 2009 the collapse of the Anegundi Bridge during construction caused the death of 8 construction workers
Huascaran National Park The Ancash Earthquake May 31 1970. Most of the destroyed towns were outside the inscribed park but "Fifteen members of a Czech expedition were climbing Huascarán at the time, and were among the thousands dead."
Lake Turkana 5 dead in helicopter crash in Central Island National Park (March 3, 2019)
Meknes Collapse of the Lalla Khenata mosque's minaret in the old Bab el Bardiyine neighbourhood left 41 people dead (February 2010)
Mining Sites of Wallonia Le Bois du Cazier colliery , the last major mining disaster in European history, which occurred in 1956 and cost 262 lives. (AB ev)
Mount Etna 6 tourists killed during eruption in 1979
Mount Kenya "On July 19, 2003, a South African registered aircraft, carrying 12 passengers and two crew, crashed into Mount Kenya at Point Lenana: nobody survived"
Nasca Lines Seven tourists died in a plane crash while viewing the Lines (feb 2010). Five tourists had suffered the same fate in april 2008.
Ngorongoro 11 people killed in a plane crash (Nov 2017)
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin Courrières disaster (1906, almost 1,100 deaths) (AB ev)
Ohrid Region 15 people died after a sightseeing boat sank in Lake Ohrid (2009)
Qutb Minar A "stampede" of Schoolgirls inside the tower occurred in 1979 when the power inside the tower failed leading to 20 deaths and its subsequent closure to the public.
Sagarmatha National Park There have been over 250 recorded deaths of climbers on "Everest". The worst single event was the result of the 25 April 2015 earthquake when at least 17 climbers died when an avalanche hit Everest South Base Camp.
Sceilg Mhichíl there have been 3 deaths at Skellig Michael that resulted from tourists falling (1 in 1995 2 in 2009)
Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch July 2006 6 Swiss soldiers died in an avalanche on the Jungfrau.
Te Wahipounamu Fox Glacier in Westland National Park: Two Australian tourists were killed 8 January 2009 when more than 100 tonnes of ice fell on them. Nine people, including four international tourists, died in a plane crash 4 September 2010 when the plane, carrying a party of skydivers and tourists, crashed at the end of the runway at Fox Glacier Airport. Seven people, including the pilot, have been killed in a helicopter crash in Nov 2015.
Timbuktu At least 26 people have been crushed to death in a deadly stampede in the famous Djinguereber mosque in the city of Timbuktu (Feb 2010)
Uluru Over 35 tourists have died climbing the rock - many by heart attack!
Yellowstone "There have been 22 known deaths related to thermal features in Yellowstone since 1890"
Yosemite National Park 18 deaths in 2011 "an unfortunate increase from recent years that has included a few terrifying deaths this summer, including three members of a church group who were swept over a waterfall and a pair of deaths from falling at Half Dome, the park's signature peak." - New York Times 9/6/2011


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