Whether natural or man-made, disasters attract a strange mixture of horror and fascination. However, the spectacle of devastation is only ever one part of the story. Take a closer look, and you will find tales of extraordinary human endurance and heroism, stories that veer from the horrific to the oddly humorous, and lessons that can be learned to make our world safer.
From the Titanic to the Costa Concordia, the Station nightclub fire to the Pulse nightclub shooting, these extraordinary events – and the people involved – are examined on the Great Disasters podcast, written, researched, recorded and produced by me, Kari Fay.
From official reports, first-person accounts, and contemporary media, I delve into the often-appalling details of these events to bring you the full story.
LAM Mozambique Flight 470
Why did a plane drop from the sky over Africa - and how could it have prevented further tragedy?
The Schoolhouse Blizzard
It started as a lovely, mild winter's day - but it quickly turned deadly.
It burned around 1.5 million acres, killed over a thousand people, and ranks as the deadliest wildfire in history - yet it is largely forgotten.
It was the age of airships - gigantic silver balloons which floated almost silently across the sky - but Britain's dreams of an Imperial airship fleet were about to be tragically dashed.
Hyatt Regency Skywalk Collapse
An evening of music and dancing turned into a gruesome scene of tragedy.
The Tulsa Race Massacre
It was America's worst single incident of racial violence, yet for decades many had never even heard of it.