Huascaran 1970 Estimate: 20 000 dead in Yungay & Ranrahirca. As many as 80 000 may have died.
Huascaran 1962 Approximately 4000 dead.
The Mammoth Book of Mountain Disasters.
More about accidents and fantastic rescue missions.
Part of Mont Granier at the north end of the Chartreuse fell down.
Modern estimates reckon about 1000 dead due to this night time landslide.
August 26, 1826 Mt. Willey landslide in Crawford Notch. The Willey Family members hear the avalanche and run out of their house at night. The Willey house is unharmed but the 9 who left the house are dead.
July 31, 1976 Big Thompson Canyon floods below Rocky Mtn. Park
I, having enjoyed our drive down the canyon the year before, was inclined to drive up it that same evening. Several spoke up against it not liking the low clouds covering the mountains and we stayed in Boulder that night. 145 people were drowned that night.
Vesuvius: 79 CE (Pompei, Herculaneum) over 3,000 deaths
again in 1631 about 3500 deaths
Pinatubo 1991 only 800 deaths but 100,000 evacuated.
Probably many many more
Might also consider earthquakes in mountainous areas?
eg Bam 2003 26,000 dead,
Islamabad 2005 73,000 dead
eruption in the '80s melted the summital snow and a moodflow covered a village killing many.
Good looking page. But how about the bush Administration.
Well, there is other presidents that have caused more disaster affecting mountain people than Bush and his administration (though they did indeed affect many). For some reason Bush takes away all the attention from other things happening in the world and becomes the no. 1 scape goat. Not good.
Therefore - no, won´t include him in the list (-;
1959, near West Yellowstone. 28 people were killed in a 7.5 quake, the strongest ever recorded in Montana, when the side of Sheep Mountain slid into a campground on the Madison River.
Yeah, Nevado del Ruiz killed about 23,000 or so. Though if we start including volcanic incidents we'll be here all day. E.g. sourcing from http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/Hazards/Effects/Fatalities.html we have Mt Pelee (1902), 29,000.... Krakatau (1883), 37,000.... Tambora (1815) 92,000 (and this is still likely a huge underestimate).... 'Statistics' show that on average, two thirds of of volcano related deaths occur after a month of the main eruption, and people are still dying at Pinatubo from lahars.
Most sources give 96 as the number of fatalities in the avalanche train disaster of 1910.
I'm not sure where you got 119 as the number killed.
July 12, 1892. A glacial lake in the Tete Rousse Glacier suddenly drains into another water filled ice cavern. The whole of these two lakes bursts out of the ice and floods the valley below including St. Gervais-les-Bains. More than 200 victims involved in this flood. This disaster is the subject of a Nova TV program wherein folks rappel into glacial wells to see what is going on. Emphasis on measuring the likelihood/prevention of such events in the alps and on Mt. Rainier.
Thank you for that info, now added to the list