The Wrath of God

The Wrath of God

1999 - 2005, History, Other
Series profiles a history of natural disasters.

Episode Guide

  • The Wrath of God - Disasters in America: Killer Quakes (Season 1 Episode 101)
    Season 1 Episode 101:

    Disasters in America: Killer Quakes

    San Francisco's 1906 and 1989 earthquakes; Alaska's 1964 earthquake; Los Angeles' 1994 earthquake.

  • The Wrath of God - Landslide, San Francisco 1982; Earthquake, Northridge 1994 (Season 1 Episode 100)
    Season 1 Episode 100:

    Landslide, San Francisco 1982; Earthquake, Northridge 1994

    A 1982 storm and landslides sweep the Santa Cruz Mountains and 10 counties around San Francisco Bay; a 1994 earthquake centers in Northridge, Calif.

  • The Wrath of God - Blizzard (Season 1 Episode 99)
    Season 1 Episode 99:

    Blizzard

  • The Wrath of God - Flood (Season 1 Episode 98)
    Season 1 Episode 98:

    Flood

  • The Wrath of God - Mining (Season 1 Episode 97)
    Season 1 Episode 97:

    Mining

  • The Wrath of God - Dam Break (Season 1 Episode 96)
    Season 1 Episode 96:

    Dam Break

  • The Wrath of God - Avalanche (Season 1 Episode 95)
    Season 1 Episode 95:

    Avalanche

    Avalanche.

  • The Wrath of God - Dam Break: West Virginia 1972 (Season 1 Episode 94)
    Season 1 Episode 94:

    Dam Break: West Virginia 1972

    A West Virginia dam breaks, sending millions of gallons of black water and coal waste roaring through the communities downstream.

  • The Wrath of God - Mining Disasters: 1907 Monongah, West Virginia/1986 South Africa (Season 1 Episode 93)
    Season 1 Episode 93:

    Mining Disasters: 1907 Monongah, West Virginia/1986 South Africa

    Hundreds of miners may die when a spark ignites trapped methane gas.

  • The Wrath of God - Fog (Season 1 Episode 92)
    Season 1 Episode 92:

    Fog

    Fog changes familiar terrain into a dangerous void.

  • The Wrath of God - Shipwreck: The Edmond Fitzgerald (Season 1 Episode 91)
    Season 1 Episode 91:

    Shipwreck: The Edmond Fitzgerald

    A ship vanishes into 1975 Lake Superior.

  • The Wrath of God - Fire: Chicago 1903 & 1958 (Season 1 Episode 90)
    Season 1 Episode 90:

    Fire: Chicago 1903 & 1958

    Two devastating Chicago fires.

  • The Wrath of God - Hurricanes: Camille; Miami 1926 (Season 1 Episode 89)
    Season 1 Episode 89:

    Hurricanes: Camille; Miami 1926

    Hurricanes hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Miami.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornadoes: Georgia & Mississippi 1936; Washington, D.C. 1812; Kansas 1814 (Season 1 Episode 88)
    Season 1 Episode 88:

    Tornadoes: Georgia & Mississippi 1936; Washington, D.C. 1812; Kansas 1814

    Tornadoes touch down in Georgia, Washington, D.C., Kansas and Mississippi.

  • The Wrath of God - Chilean Earthquake 1960 (Season 1 Episode 87)
    Season 1 Episode 87:

    Chilean Earthquake 1960

    A giant South American earthquake triggers tsunamis and volcanic activity.

  • The Wrath of God - Dam Break; Flash Flood (Season 1 Episode 86)
    Season 1 Episode 86:

    Dam Break; Flash Flood

    Water disasters.

  • The Wrath of God - Fire: 1871 (Season 1 Episode 85)
    Season 1 Episode 85:

    Fire: 1871

    The great Chicago fire; a fire in a small Wisconsin town kills one-third of its citizens.

  • The Wrath of God - Volcano: Mount St. Helens (Season 1 Episode 84)
    Season 1 Episode 84:

    Volcano: Mount St. Helens

    The eruption of Mount St. Helens shears 2,000 feet off the top of a peak.

  • The Wrath of God - Earthquake: Alaska 1964 (Season 1 Episode 83)
    Season 1 Episode 83:

    Earthquake: Alaska 1964

    A 1964 earthquake shakes Alaska for five minutes.

  • The Wrath of God - Hurricane: Long Island, New England, Galveston (Season 1 Episode 82)
    Season 1 Episode 82:

    Hurricane: Long Island, New England, Galveston

    Hurricanes can level cities and kill thousands.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornadoes: The Midwest, 1990 & 1953 (Season 1 Episode 81)
    Season 1 Episode 81:

    Tornadoes: The Midwest, 1990 & 1953

    The Plainfield disaster of 1990; a 1953 tornado outbreak spurs the establishment of the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

  • The Wrath of God - Avalanche: 1985 Colorado (Season 1 Episode 80)
    Season 1 Episode 80:

    Avalanche: 1985 Colorado

    A gold miner is caught in three avalanches and is the object of a daredevil aerial rescue.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornadoes: Kentucky, Oklahoma City and Arkansas (Season 1 Episode 79)
    Season 1 Episode 79:

    Tornadoes: Kentucky, Oklahoma City and Arkansas

    Tornadoes hit the United States more than any other country.

  • The Wrath of God - Fire: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory & Happy Land Social Club (Season 1 Episode 78)
    Season 1 Episode 78:

    Fire: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory & Happy Land Social Club

    The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; the 1990 Happy Land Social Club fire.

  • The Wrath of God - Snowbound: Avalanche/Blizzard (Season 1 Episode 77)
    Season 1 Episode 77:

    Snowbound: Avalanche/Blizzard

    Snow can thunder down a mountain or shut down a city.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornado: Topeka, Kansas, 1966 (Season 1 Episode 76)
    Season 1 Episode 76:

    Tornado: Topeka, Kansas, 1966

    A cyclone rips through Topeka, Kan., in June 1966.

  • The Wrath of God - Flood: Florence, Italy, 1966 (Season 1 Episode 75)
    Season 1 Episode 75:

    Flood: Florence, Italy, 1966

    The River Arno rises by 16 feet in two hours.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornadoes: Brandenburg, Kentucky & Xenia, Ohio, 1974 (Season 1 Episode 74)
    Season 1 Episode 74:

    Tornadoes: Brandenburg, Kentucky & Xenia, Ohio, 1974

    In just under 18 hours, 148 tornadoes ravage parts of the Midwest and South.

  • The Wrath of God - Hartford Circus Fire, 1944 (Season 1 Episode 73)
    Season 1 Episode 73:

    Hartford Circus Fire, 1944

    The Hartford Circus fire.

  • The Wrath of God - Hurricanes: 1935 & 1992 (Season 1 Episode 72)
    Season 1 Episode 72:

    Hurricanes: 1935 & 1992

    The 1935 Florida Keys Hurricane; 1992's Hurricane Andrew.

  • The Wrath of God - Mount Vesuvius, 79 A.D. (Season 1 Episode 71)
    Season 1 Episode 71:

    Mount Vesuvius, 79 A.D.

    An eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroys the city of Pompeii.

  • The Wrath of God - Mississippi River Flood, 1927 (Season 1 Episode 70)
    Season 1 Episode 70:

    Mississippi River Flood, 1927

    A Mississippi River flood may have killed 1,000 people.

  • The Wrath of God - Boston Cocoanut Grove Fire, 1942 (Season 1 Episode 69)
    Season 1 Episode 69:

    Boston Cocoanut Grove Fire, 1942

    Trapped, 492 nightclub patrons die by fire.

  • The Wrath of God - Blizzards, 1888 (Season 1 Episode 68)
    Season 1 Episode 68:

    Blizzards, 1888

    The children's blizzard; New York blizzard of 1888.

  • The Wrath of God - Holland Flood 1953 (Season 1 Episode 67)
    Season 1 Episode 67:

    Holland Flood 1953

    The North Sea floods the Netherlands, killing 1,800 people.

  • The Wrath of God - Halsey's Typhoons, 1944 and '45 (Season 1 Episode 66)
    Season 1 Episode 66:

    Halsey's Typhoons, 1944 and '45

    Typhoons capsize naval destroyers.

  • The Wrath of God - Hurricanes (Season 1 Episode 65)
    Season 1 Episode 65:

    Hurricanes

    Tropical cyclones have wind speeds up to 200 miles per hour.

  • The Wrath of God - Flash Floods (Season 1 Episode 64)
    Season 1 Episode 64:

    Flash Floods

    Flash floods claim more lives than any other natural disaster.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornadoes (Season 1 Episode 63)
    Season 1 Episode 63:

    Tornadoes

    In two days in 1974, 148 tornadoes ravage the Midwest and South.

  • The Wrath of God - Chilean Earthquake (Season 1 Episode 62)
    Season 1 Episode 62:

    Chilean Earthquake

    Chile has more earthquakes than any other place in the world.

  • The Wrath of God - Snowbound (Season 1 Episode 61)
    Season 1 Episode 61:

    Snowbound

    The Sierra Nevada's snowcapped peaks cause disasters.

  • The Wrath of God - Landslide: Wales 1966 (Season 1 Episode 60)
    Season 1 Episode 60:

    Landslide: Wales 1966

    A 1966 Welsh mining disaster kills over 100 school-children.

  • The Wrath of God - Explosion (Season 1 Episode 59)
    Season 1 Episode 59:

    Explosion

    Explosions.

  • The Wrath of God - Flood/Dam (Season 1 Episode 58)
    Season 1 Episode 58:

    Flood/Dam

    Floods; burst dams.

  • The Wrath of God - San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (Season 1 Episode 57)
    Season 1 Episode 57:

    San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

    A major earthquake devastates 1906 San Francisco.

  • The Wrath of God - Plane Crash: Air Florida Flight 90 (Season 1 Episode 56)
    Season 1 Episode 56:

    Plane Crash: Air Florida Flight 90

    Ice on a plane's wings can interfere with take-off.

  • The Wrath of God - New York City Blackout: 1965 (Season 1 Episode 55)
    Season 1 Episode 55:

    New York City Blackout: 1965

    New York City experience a night-long blackout.

  • The Wrath of God - Tsunami (Season 1 Episode 54)
    Season 1 Episode 54:

    Tsunami

    Tsunamis exhibit no obvious warnings.

  • The Wrath of God - Hurricane (Season 1 Episode 53)
    Season 1 Episode 53:

    Hurricane

    Hurricanes can put islands under water, spawn tornadoes, level cities, kill thousands.

  • The Wrath of God - Fog: Empire State Building & the Andrea Doria (Season 1 Episode 52)
    Season 1 Episode 52:

    Fog: Empire State Building & the Andrea Doria

    Fog changes familiar terrain into a dangerous void.

  • The Wrath of God - Shipwreck (Season 1 Episode 51)
    Season 1 Episode 51:

    Shipwreck

    More than 6,000 shipwrecks lie at the bottom of the Great Lakes.

  • The Wrath of God - Avalanche: 1910 Wellington Train Disaster/Colorado Rescue 1985 (Season 1 Episode 50)
    Season 1 Episode 50:

    Avalanche: 1910 Wellington Train Disaster/Colorado Rescue 1985

    An avalanche sweeps two trains off the side of a pass in the Cascade Mountains.

  • The Wrath of God - Volcano: 1902 Mt. Pelee/1956 Kalauea/1995 Montserrat (Season 1 Episode 49)
    Season 1 Episode 49:

    Volcano: 1902 Mt. Pelee/1956 Kalauea/1995 Montserrat

    Major volcano eruptions can kill thousands.

  • The Wrath of God - Nor'Easter (Season 1 Episode 48)
    Season 1 Episode 48:

    Nor'Easter

    New England's fierce winter storms have the power to reshape coastlines.

  • The Wrath of God - Fire (Season 1 Episode 47)
    Season 1 Episode 47:

    Fire

    Fires claim lives in the United States.

  • The Wrath of God - Teton Dam Break (Season 1 Episode 46)
    Season 1 Episode 46:

    Teton Dam Break

    Harnessing the power of water can be hazardous.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornado (Season 1 Episode 45)
    Season 1 Episode 45:

    Tornado

    Tornadoes hit the United States more than any other country.

  • The Wrath of God - Mining Disaster: West Virginia and Illinois (Season 1 Episode 44)
    Season 1 Episode 44:

    Mining Disaster: West Virginia and Illinois

    When a single spark touches a buildup of methane, a mine explodes.

  • The Wrath of God - The 1977 Buffalo Blizzard (Season 1 Episode 43)
    Season 1 Episode 43:

    The 1977 Buffalo Blizzard

    A six-day blizzard wreaks havoc in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.

  • The Wrath of God - California: Landslide and Earthquake (Season 1 Episode 42)
    Season 1 Episode 42:

    California: Landslide and Earthquake

    Landslide in 1982 San Francisco; 1994 Northridge earthquake.

  • The Wrath of God - Firestorm: Montana 1949 (Season 1 Episode 41)
    Season 1 Episode 41:

    Firestorm: Montana 1949

    Fire can be unstoppable.

  • The Wrath of God - Flood: 1993 Mississippi River/1889 Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Season 1 Episode 40)
    Season 1 Episode 40:

    Flood: 1993 Mississippi River/1889 Johnstown, Pennsylvania

    Infamous floods in America.

  • The Wrath of God - The 1925 Tri-State Tornado (Season 1 Episode 39)
    Season 1 Episode 39:

    The 1925 Tri-State Tornado

    Tornadoes are powerful and unpredictable.

  • The Wrath of God - Mount Vesuvius: The Fury Within (Season 1 Episode 38)
    Season 1 Episode 38:

    Mount Vesuvius: The Fury Within

    Volcanic Mount Vesuvius.

  • The Wrath of God - Buffalo Blizzard: Siege and Survival (Season 1 Episode 37)
    Season 1 Episode 37:

    Buffalo Blizzard: Siege and Survival

    A six-day blizzard in upstate New York prompts President Carter to name it a federal disaster area.

  • The Wrath of God - Flash Floods: Deadly Downpour (Season 1 Episode 36)
    Season 1 Episode 36:

    Flash Floods: Deadly Downpour

    On average, flash floods claim more lives than any other natural disaster.

  • The Wrath of God - The Killer Fog (Season 1 Episode 35)
    Season 1 Episode 35:

    The Killer Fog

    Thousands die when a thick smog envelops 1952 London.

  • The Wrath of God - Holland 1953: Assault of the Sea (Season 1 Episode 34)
    Season 1 Episode 34:

    Holland 1953: Assault of the Sea

    In 1953 the North Sea floods vast areas along Holland's southwest coast.

  • The Wrath of God - The Topeka Tornado: Path of Destruction (Season 1 Episode 33)
    Season 1 Episode 33:

    The Topeka Tornado: Path of Destruction

    A 1966 tornado rips through Topeka, Kan.

  • The Wrath of God - Halsey's Typhoons: Peril on the Sea (Season 1 Episode 32)
    Season 1 Episode 32:

    Halsey's Typhoons: Peril on the Sea

    Adm. Bull Halsey's Third Fleet encounters two typhoons.

  • The Wrath of God - Chilean Earthquake: The End of the World (Season 1 Episode 31)
    Season 1 Episode 31:

    Chilean Earthquake: The End of the World

    Seven thousand Chileans die in a 1960 quake.

  • The Wrath of God - Snowbound: The Curse of the Sierra (Season 1 Episode 30)
    Season 1 Episode 30:

    Snowbound: The Curse of the Sierra

    Heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada produces several tragedies.

  • The Wrath of God - Mississippi: River Out of Control (Season 1 Episode 29)
    Season 1 Episode 29:

    Mississippi: River Out of Control

    The Mississippi River is prone to floods.

  • The Wrath of God - Death in the Potomac: The Crash of Flight 90 (Season 1 Episode 28)
    Season 1 Episode 28:

    Death in the Potomac: The Crash of Flight 90

    Ice on the wings causes Air Florida Flight 90 to crash upon takeoff.

  • The Wrath of God - Explosions! Texas City (Season 1 Episode 27)
    Season 1 Episode 27:

    Explosions! Texas City

    A cargo ship explodes, setting fire to oil tanks and killing 567 people.

  • The Wrath of God - Nor'easters: Killer Storms (Season 1 Episode 26)
    Season 1 Episode 26:

    Nor'easters: Killer Storms

    New England's fierce winter storms have the power to reshape coastlines.

  • The Wrath of God - Shaken to the Core: Alaskan Earthquake (Season 1 Episode 25)
    Season 1 Episode 25:

    Shaken to the Core: Alaskan Earthquake

    A magnitude 9.2 earthquake rocks Alaska for five minutes in 1964.

  • The Wrath of God - Fire Under the Big Top (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    Fire Under the Big Top

    A circus tent erupts into flames in 1944 Connecticut.

  • The Wrath of God - Collisions in the Mist (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    Collisions in the Mist

    Navigators fall prey to fog's disorienting effect.

  • The Wrath of God - The Drowning of Florence, Italy (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    The Drowning of Florence, Italy

    Italy's River Arno floods in 1966, endangering Renaissance masterpieces.

  • The Wrath of God - Texas City Explosion (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Texas City Explosion

    A cargo ship loaded with ammonium nitrate explodes.

  • The Wrath of God - Landslides (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Landslides

    A coal tip crushes a primary school in Aberfan, Wales; California landslides.

  • The Wrath of God - Blackouts (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Blackouts

    New York City experiences blackouts.

  • The Wrath of God - Fire in the Hole! Mining Disasters (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Fire in the Hole! Mining Disasters

    Hundreds of miners die when a spark ignites trapped methane.

  • The Wrath of God - Panic! Deadly Inferno (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Panic! Deadly Inferno

    Recklessness and heedlessness cause some terrible nightclub fires.

  • The Wrath of God - Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes

    Violent storms on the Great Lakes spawn major shipping disasters.

  • The Wrath of God - Unleashed Terror: Dam Breaks (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Unleashed Terror: Dam Breaks

    Dams are both engineering marvels and potentially dangerous structures.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornadoes: Super Outbreaks (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Tornadoes: Super Outbreaks

    Vast numbers of tornadoes suddenly develop, terrifying residents of America's heartland.

  • The Wrath of God - Firestorms: Nature Out of Control (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Firestorms: Nature Out of Control

    Devastating fires; smoke jumpers parachute out of planes to fight fires.

  • The Wrath of God - Tsunami: Killer Wave (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Tsunami: Killer Wave

    Tsunamis can tower hundreds of feet before reaching land.

  • The Wrath of God - Blizzards: Whiteout! (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Blizzards: Whiteout!

    Destructive blizzards.

  • The Wrath of God - Hurricanes: Category Five (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Hurricanes: Category Five

    The hurricane is responsible for thousands of deaths despite improved prediction techniques.

  • The Wrath of God - Avalanches: White Walls of Death (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Avalanches: White Walls of Death

    In 1910 an avalanche sweeps two trains off the tracks in the Cascade Mountains.

  • The Wrath of God - Hurricanes: Deadly Wind, Deadly Rain (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Hurricanes: Deadly Wind, Deadly Rain

    Flying through the eye of a hurricane; Miami, 1926; New England, 1938; Hurricane Andrew, 1992.

  • The Wrath of God - Volcanoes: Earth's Shattering Eruptions (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Volcanoes: Earth's Shattering Eruptions

    Lava fountains and ashen clouds of volcanoes reshape continents; Kilauea; Mount Pelee; Mount St. Helens.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornadoes: Nature's Deadly Spirals (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Tornadoes: Nature's Deadly Spirals

    Tornadoes since Colonial times; National Severe Storms Laboratory; Arkadelphia, Kan.

  • The Wrath of God - Hellfire (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Hellfire

    Fires: Chicago Fire 1871; Triangle Shirtwaist Factory 1911; Hartford Circus 1944; Our Lady of Angels 1958.

  • The Wrath of God - Torrents of Death (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Torrents of Death

    Floods: Johnstown Flood 1889; St. Francis Dam 1927; Mississippi 1993.

  • The Wrath of God - Killer Quakes (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Killer Quakes

    Earthquakes: San Francisco 1906 and 1989; Alaska 1964; Los Angeles 1994.

  • The Wrath of God - Tornado Alley (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Tornado Alley

    Survivors describe a twister's vortex; advances in detection.