Disasters in 1908.
Among the more notable disasters were the burning, January 11, of the Parker bulding, a modern New York steel skyscraper, loss $5,000,000; burning of the Boyerstown, Pa., theatre, January 13, 173 killed; burning of the Collingswood, Ohio, school, March 4, 170 children killed; Cheyenne, Wyo., mine explosion, March 28, seventy killed; collision of British topedo boat Tiger with a cruiser, April 2, thirty-six drowned; burning of Chelsea, Mass., April 12, thirteen deaths, loss $9,000,000; tornado over Southern States for two days, April 23 and 24, 400 killed and thousands injured, property loss into millions; railroad collision in Belgium, May 21, sixty killed, 100 injured; forest tires over 100 square miles in Canadian Northwest, destroyine Fernie and other towns, with great loss of life, and, subsequently, forest fires during an extended drought throughout the Central and Eastern States; sinking of the bark Star of Bengal, off Coronation Island, September 22, 110 drowned; floods in Hyderabad, India, killing thousands and destroying $100,000,000 worth of property; the Ilamm, Germany, mine explosion, November 12, 300 killed; burning of the steamer Sardinia off Malta, November 25. 123 lost. December 10, destructive and fatal floods in the South of Italy; many lives lost. In the Panama Canal zone, December 12, a dynamite explosion killed twenty-one and injured scores. Fea’rful earthquake, landslides, tidal wave and fire blots out Messina, Reggio and many other Sicilian towns and villages on December 28, over 100,000 perished.