Disasters of the Century
Disasters of the Century, a documentary series looks not only at the devastating toll of natural and man-made disaster, but also the far reaching implications of each tragedy on our social history.
Living on the Edge
The residents of the Crowsnest Pass in Alberta have chosen to live amongst a valley of death, living on the edge of imminent disaster at every turn.
Despite the level of preparation for impending dangers, many forces of nature still take us by surprise with tragic consequences.
Life is a journey of coming and goings that lead us to our many destinations. For some, the journey is tragically short
In the early part of the 19th century, the world experienced ‚ÄúThe Industrial Revolution‚Äù. This revolution emphasized progress at any cost.
Out of Control
The story of the railroad is one of achievement, but also one of tragedy ‚Äì part history, part headline.
Featuring disasters such as the Halifax Explosion and the Le Mans race car crash.
From The Inside Out
Featuring disasters such as the Tangiwai train disaster and the Mont Pelee eruption.
Featuring disasters such as the Quebec bridge collapses and the Boston molasses flood.
Lost At Sea
Featuring disasters such as the HMS Thetis and the U.S.S. Forrestal.
It Came From the Sky
Featuring disasters such as the Empire State Building crash and the Moose Jaw air crash.
Featuring disasters such as the Minaki Train Crash and the Black Market Express train crash.
In An Instant
Featuring disasters such as The Vajont Dam disaster and the Roger‚Äôs Pass avalanche.
When the Earth Moves
Featuring disasters such as the Nicaragua Earthquake and the Kwanto Earthquake.
Up in Flames
When fire strikes it is often seen as an uncaring force that attached without mercy.
Lost in Transit
When fate is cruel and destiny comes too soon, the thread of life can be tragically short.
Eye of the Storm
From the fishing waters off the east coast to the vast inland seas known as the Great Lakes, magnificent ships have charted the course of our nation‚Äôs history. But not without a tragic cost.
Death in the Water
Human beings have tried to tame water, to span its mighty currents and harness its great power. but sometimes that power works against us.
Communities Under Siege
When disaster strikes, it is not just human life that is at risk, but the way of life of entire communities.
Death and Profits
Making workplaces safe can get in the way of production, and not all employers are willing to sacrifice profit for safety.
When Laughter Turns to Tears
Human history has also been the history of the performing arts, but it is also a story of tragedy.
For many people, the great vaulting sky is a symbol of freedom, but when disaster comes from the sky, the consequences are deadly, changing lives forever.
The Wrong Choice
Sometimes choices made with the best of intentions can result in tragedy that no one could imagine or predict.
Some say that when disaster strikes without warning, it is Loki, the Norse trickster-god, deceiving his victims, blinding them to danger.
Industry born of innovation is designed to improve our lives, but sometimes it leads to tragedy and heartbreak.
All Fall Down
Sometimes structures of concrete and steel fail, taking people down with them.
By Their Own Doing
Some feel that technology brings us closer to perfection, but we are still human beings, prone to mistakes and misunderstandings that can lead to tragedy.
Rising From the Ashes
Nature can be fickle, turning great beauty into great devastation in what seems like the blink of an eye.
From the Florida Keys to the vast inland seas known as the Great Lakes, people have always been lured by the spell of the water., but not without a tragic cost.
Homes Swept Away
When the weather turns wild, not even the best built homes can withstand the forces of nature.
Islands Under Attack
When plates collide, earthquakes are born, sending shockwaves of destruction.
In nature, fire and rain are part of the cycle of life, but too much rain, or fire burning out of control, can bring tragedy instead.
In most tragic accidents, there is, at least, a happy ending for some. In some cases, however, there is no happy ending.
Friends and Family
When the weather turns violent, the ocean becomes a life threatening force, and there is nowhere completely safe.
In science it is known as the Butterfly Effect. Make one small mistake and the course of a life is altered forever.
Fire and Ice
Fire and ice have been at the heart of our most destructive disasters, changing lives forever.
Against the Elements
We are all inexorably tied to the climate in which we live, impacted by its cycle of constant change. Sometimes that change comes without warning.
Death in a Small Town
Canada represent some of the continent's earliest European settlements, but sometimes those landscapes bring betrayal and devastation beyond anyone's imagination.
The End of the Line
It is an old traveller‚Äôs clich√© that ‚Äúgetting there is half the fun‚Äù, but when fate intervenes, travel can quickly turn from fun to deadly.
Life in Disaster Row
Through the sheer accident of geography, life on disaster row can be fraught with frequent danger.
Featuring disasters such as the sinking of the SS Florizel and the Westray Mine Explosion.
Featuring disasters such as the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and the Issoudun Crash.
Out of the Blue
Featuring disasters such as The Blue Bird bar fire and the Brampton air crash.
Featuring disasters such as the Viking ship explosion and the Belgian Sabena Airlines crash.
Coast to Coast
Featuring disasters such as the Gavelston hurricane and Typhoon Freda.
In the Blink of an Eye
Featuring disasters such as the sinking of the Flora Alberta and the Escuminac storm.
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