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If there is a catastrophe or disaster, manmade or natural, it has probably grabbed our attention. Join us as we delve into the world of catastrophes and disasters, find out what went wrong, and the lasting consequences.

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If there is a catastrophe or disaster, manmade or natural, it has probably grabbed our attention. Join us as we delve into the world of catastrophes and disasters, find out what went wrong, and the lasting consequences.

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By gr3tch3n - Dec 12 2019
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I really enjoy this show and look forward to listening to it. We need more episode!!! We waited long enough!!!! Please and thank you.

Good show!

By DLGreenfield - Jun 08 2017
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I wish there were more episodes :D Love the amount of detail. Come back, Walter!

iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
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31
2
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1
0

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By gr3tch3n - Dec 12 2019
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I really enjoy this show and look forward to listening to it. We need more episode!!! We waited long enough!!!! Please and thank you.

Good show!

By DLGreenfield - Jun 08 2017
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I wish there were more episodes :D Love the amount of detail. Come back, Walter!
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CatastropheCast.com

Latest release on Aug 23, 2019

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If there is a catastrophe or disaster, manmade or natural, it has probably grabbed our attention. Join us as we delve into the world of catastrophes and disasters, find out what went wrong, and the lasting consequences.

Rank #1: Podcast #23, The Crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901 of November 29th, 1979

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The 23rd podcast from CatastropheCast focusing on the tragic events of November 29th, 1979 when Air New Zealand flight 901 crashed into Mt. Erebus on Antarctica and became known as "The loneliest airline crash"

Mar 18 2016

26mins

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Rank #2: Podcast #26, The Crash of American Airlines Flight 587

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The 26th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the fate of American Airlines flight 587 on November 12th, 2001

Feb 24 2017

22mins

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Rank #3: Podcast #8, The Crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261

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On January 31st, 2000, Alaska Airlines flight #261 crashed into the Pacific ocean, taking 88 lives, in one of the most preventable crashes of recent memory.

Dec 16 2012

27mins

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Rank #4: Podcast #28, The Crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401

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The 28th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the crash of Eastern Airlines flight 401 into the Florida Everglades on December 29th, 1972, and what came about because of the crash and how it changed aviation forever.

Jan 18 2019

27mins

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Rank #5: Podcast 16, the Derailment of ICE Train #884 at Eschede

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Today’s podcast delves into the high speed ICE train derailment of train service #884 of June 3rd, 1998, which is one of the largest catastrophes in Germany in terms of sheer disaster as well as loss of life.

May 24 2014

28mins

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Rank #6: Podcast #5, The Crash at Tenerife

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The crash of two Boeing 747s in 1979 on the island of Los Rodeos in the Canary Islands is the deadliest airline disaster to date. We go into the eight interconnected pieces that led to the airline crash.

Aug 04 2012

32mins

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Rank #7: Podcast #4, The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919

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In this podcast, we go into the history of the Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, it’s victims, and it’s aftermath. Special note: I mistakingly wrote “1915” in my notes as to when the disaster occurred, but it’s really 1919. My apologies; whenever I refer to 1915 in the podcast, it should really be 1919.

Jun 14 2012

20mins

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Rank #8: Podcast #29, The Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire of 1986 and the Humberto Vidal Building explosion of 1996

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In the 29th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we go into two different incidents that happened ten years and ten miles from each other in San Juan Puerto Rico. The hotel fire has always intrigued me, and the building explosion was a listener request.

And remember, Puerto Rico isn't a foreign country, but is rather a territory of the United States. And hopefully, in the near future, the 51st or 52nd state, along with Washington, DC.

Feb 08 2019

38mins

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Rank #9: Podcast #14, The O’Hare Runway Incursion of December 20th, 1972

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In this podcast we talk about the runway incursion of Delta Airlines Flight 954 and North Central Airlines flight 975 on December 20th, 1972, and the lasting legacy it has on aviation to this day.

Dec 21 2013

17mins

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Rank #10: Podcast 18, The Kansas City Hyatt Regency Skywalk Collapse

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The 18th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the Hyatt Regency Kansas city Skywalk collapse of July, 1981.

Jul 06 2014

21mins

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Rank #11: Podcast #30, The Halifax Explosion of 1917

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In the 30th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we go back in time more than 100 years and discuss the incident that destroyed the city of Halifax while World War I was raging on the other side of the planet, how hard it was to survive, and the heroes that came out of it. And we also touch on two recent Boeing 737MAX crashes, in the hopes of coming to a successful conclusion soon, to make flying safe once again.

Mar 15 2019

30mins

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Rank #12: Podcast #10, The Catastrophe At Los Alfaques Resort in Spain

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Today we do our first listener-suggested podcast, which delves into the deadly accident that devestated the Los Alfaques beach community in Spain back in 1978, leaving hundreds of vacationers from around Europe dead or injured.

Mar 13 2013

28mins

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Rank #13: Podcast #12, The Crash of National Airlines Flight 83 and Philadelphia’s Forgotten Hero

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In this podcast, we cover Philadelphia’s Forgotten Hero, Frankie Housley, and her actions as the result of the crash of National Airlines Flight 83 at Philadelphia Airport.

Oct 19 2013

15mins

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Rank #14: Podcast #7, The Hijacking of Etheopian Airlines Flight 961

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On November 23rd, 1996, three men took over Etheopian Airlines flight #961. The resulting flight, fuel starvation, and eventual crash into the shallow waters off of the island of Grand Camoro, was caught on videotape, and until five years later, was probably one of the most publicized hijackings in modern history.

Oct 13 2012

27mins

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Rank #15: Podcast #6, The 1964 Good Friday Earthquake

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On Good Friday 1964, Alaska was struck with the second most powerful earthquake in recorded history. Learn about the earthquake, and listen to a personal anecdote about it.

Sep 29 2012

27mins

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Podcast #35, The 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Catastrophes of Tohoku, Japan

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In the 35th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we delve into the most powerful earthquake to rock Japan that has ever been recorded, and the ensuing tsunami and nuclear disaster. Also, I interview Professor Daniel Aldrich who has written a book about survival when it comes to Japan's 3/11 Catastrophes, and the surprising (to me, at least) rates of survival and how people who were more socially connected were better prepared for not just the event, but for survival afterward.

Aug 23 2019

56mins

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Podcast #34, The Crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 on August 12th, 1985

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In the 34th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we look at the worst single-aircraft accident loss of life in aviation history, and the bungled rescue operation that was so bad it cost people their lives.

Aug 16 2019

31mins

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Podcast #33, The Crash of PSA Flight 182 on September 25th, 1978

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In the 33rd podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we look at the mid-air collision of a Boeing 727-200 and a Cessna, how some symptoms of the crash linger on in aviation even today, and what changes came about because of the crash, making aviation that much safer.

Jul 05 2019

27mins

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Podcast #32, A Look At Uncontained Engine Failures

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In the 32nd podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we look at two very different incidents of uncontained engine failures, and how airline travel has gotten safer between the first incident in 1989 and the second incident in 2018.

May 17 2019

31mins

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Podcast #31, The Crash of Helios Airways Flight 522

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In the 31st podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we go back to 2005 and delve into the series of events that caused the crash of Helios Airlines flight #522 outside of Athens, Greece, and what has happened since to help this terrible catastrophe from ever happening again.

Apr 12 2019

33mins

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Podcast #30, The Halifax Explosion of 1917

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In the 30th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we go back in time more than 100 years and discuss the incident that destroyed the city of Halifax while World War I was raging on the other side of the planet, how hard it was to survive, and the heroes that came out of it. And we also touch on two recent Boeing 737MAX crashes, in the hopes of coming to a successful conclusion soon, to make flying safe once again.

Mar 15 2019

30mins

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Podcast #29, The Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire of 1986 and the Humberto Vidal Building explosion of 1996

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In the 29th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, we go into two different incidents that happened ten years and ten miles from each other in San Juan Puerto Rico. The hotel fire has always intrigued me, and the building explosion was a listener request.

And remember, Puerto Rico isn't a foreign country, but is rather a territory of the United States. And hopefully, in the near future, the 51st or 52nd state, along with Washington, DC.

Feb 08 2019

38mins

Play

Podcast #28, The Crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401

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The 28th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the crash of Eastern Airlines flight 401 into the Florida Everglades on December 29th, 1972, and what came about because of the crash and how it changed aviation forever.

Jan 18 2019

27mins

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Podcast #27 - A Recap of 2018

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In this podcast, we go through a recap of some incidents, accidents, and catastrophes that happened in 2018, including a couple that were close to home for me.

Dec 27 2018

36mins

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Podcast #26, The Crash of American Airlines Flight 587

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The 26th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the fate of American Airlines flight 587 on November 12th, 2001

Feb 24 2017

22mins

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Podcast #25, A Link Between Minamata, Japan and Mosul, Iraq

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The 25th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the link between the small town of Minamata Japan from the 1950s, and the sprawling mecca of Mosul, Iraq from the 1970s

Jan 28 2017

28mins

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Podcast #24, A Recap of 2016

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The 24th podcast from CatastropheCast that goes over different catastrophes that occurred during 2016, from well known items like Egypt Air flight 804, to lesser known issues like the Tampoco Foils factory explosion in Bangladesh.

Jan 02 2017

26mins

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Podcast #23, The Crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901 of November 29th, 1979

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The 23rd podcast from CatastropheCast focusing on the tragic events of November 29th, 1979 when Air New Zealand flight 901 crashed into Mt. Erebus on Antarctica and became known as "The loneliest airline crash"

Mar 18 2016

26mins

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Podcast 22, The Texas City Catastrophe of 1947

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The 22nd podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the details of the horrendous explosion of a ship in the Texas City harbor in April, 1947

Feb 13 2016

22mins

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Podcast 21, Air Canada Flight 797

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The 21st podcast from CatastrpheCast.com, focusing on Air Canada Flight 797 from June 2nd, 1983 that brought massive safety changes for all airline passengers since.

Jan 16 2016

25mins

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Podcast 20, Eastwind Airlnes Flight 517

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Today’s podcast is about Eastwind Airlines Flight 517. And while you may have never heard of it, the incident that happened in July, 1996, solved a decade long mystery, and has prevented untold deaths from a deadly defect in the world’s most popular airplane, the Boeing 737.

Apr 25 2015

17mins

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Podcast 18, The Kansas City Hyatt Regency Skywalk Collapse

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The 18th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the Hyatt Regency Kansas city Skywalk collapse of July, 1981.

Jul 06 2014

21mins

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Podcast 19, The Limnic Eruption of Lake Nyos, Cameroon

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Today’s podcast takes a weird turn at the way our Earth works, and how gas can be captured underwater, releasing in a catastrophic event that can be deadly. We focus on one specific historical event, the limnic eruption of Lake Nyos, Cameroon, on August 21st, 1986, and look at what could be in store in […]

Jul 05 2014

16mins

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Podcast 17, The Dawson Mining Catastrophe of 1913

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The 17th podcast from CatastropheCast.com, focusing on the Dawson Mining Disaster of 1913 and the final history of Dawson, New Mexico.

Jul 01 2014

14mins

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Podcast 16, the Derailment of ICE Train #884 at Eschede

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Today’s podcast delves into the high speed ICE train derailment of train service #884 of June 3rd, 1998, which is one of the largest catastrophes in Germany in terms of sheer disaster as well as loss of life.

May 24 2014

28mins

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iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
2
1
1
0

More more more

By gr3tch3n - Dec 12 2019
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I really enjoy this show and look forward to listening to it. We need more episode!!! We waited long enough!!!! Please and thank you.

Good show!

By DLGreenfield - Jun 08 2017
Read more
I wish there were more episodes :D Love the amount of detail. Come back, Walter!