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by Allen J. Sheinman | September 8, 2017

Allen J. Sheinman, managing editor of Meetings & Conventions magazineWith a horrific hurricane bearing down on Florida as these words are being typed, we cross our fingers and offer this group of highly regarded accounts of notable past storms, earthquakes and more.

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill (the 2011 string of disasters)
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Dan Brown (the 2005 storm)
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson (the 1980 Washington state disaster)
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It by Gina Kolata
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan (the 1910 forest fire that raged through Washington, Idaho and Montana)
Disaster! The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906 by Dan Kurzman
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson (the 1900 storm that destroyed Galveston, Texas)
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough (the 1889 deluge affecting the Pennsylvania town)
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester (the 1883 volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island)
The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith (the devastating potato famine)

Source: Meetings & Conventions