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Disaster Memorials
Locations that feature a memorial for a disaster.
Expanded Description:
Wikipedia defines a disaster as the impact of a natural or man-made hazard that negatively affects society or environment.

Wikipedia defines a memorial as object which serves as a memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. However, for the purpose of this category, we will use a subset of this definition to define a memorial.

Memorials for disasters, whether it be natural, technological, or sociological will all be accepted here. A natural disaster is the consequence of when a potential natural hazard becomes a physical event (e.g. volcanic eruption, earthquake, landslide) and this interacts with human activities. Disasters having an element of human intent, negligence, error or the ones involving the failure of a system are called man-made disasters. Man-made hazards are in turn categorized as technological or sociological. Technological hazards are results of failure of technology, such as engineering failures, transport accidents or environmental disasters. Sociological hazards have a strong human motive, such as crime, stampedes, riots and war.

Some examples of disasters that would qualify would be the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, Hurricane Katrina, and the Air France Flight 4590 Concorde crash in 2000. A good source for a list of disasters is Wikipedia.

To be accepted these memorials will need to be more than just a sign or marker which marks the location of a disaster. The category officers will have the final say in what meets the definition of a disaster.

Fire Memorials and War Memorials will be excluded since there already are categories for those disaster memorials.
Instructions for Posting a Disaster Memorials Waymark:
1. Name the waymark after the disaster. Include the city, state, and or country after the name. Example: Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial - Oklahoma City, OK.
2. Coordinates should be taken at the memorial location and not derived from Google earth or a similar website.
3. At least two photos are required. One photo showing a closeup of the memorial so that all of the words are legible. A second photo should be a wide shot of the memorial showing the memorial in it's surroundings. The more photos included the better your waymark will be. Include photos of any plaques that list the day of dedication and / or who erected this memorial. All photos should be personally taken by you and not found on the internet.
4. Please describe the disaster and what it was. If the writeup was taken from a website, please give credit from where it was taken.
5. Make every effort to find out all of the information for the variables. Some of them are optional, but if the information is available, then they are required.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
A photo of the memorial from a different angle or view than what is already posted is requested. If a camera is not available, please give a detailed description so that we can get an idea of your visit. Please list anything that has changed since the waymark was created.
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Image for Überlingen Mid-air Collision - Überlingen, Germanyview gallery

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Disaster MemorialsÜberlingen Mid-air Collision - Überlingen, Germany

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A Tupolev 154M passenger jet and a Boeing 757-200 cargo jet collided in mid-air on July 1, 2002 at 21:35 (UTC) over Überlingen, Germany (near Lake Constance), killing all 71 aboard both aircraft.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache

location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

date approved: 8/10/2007

last visited: 8/6/2012

Image for Rockfall Memorial - Preda, GR, Switzerlandview gallery

SESE127.8 km

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Disaster MemorialsRockfall Memorial - Preda, GR, Switzerland

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The stone that killed three railway workers at this location was made a memorial.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67

location: Switzerland

date approved: 4/7/2014

last visited: never

Image for Sonnenbunker Bombing - Ulm-Söflingen, Germany, BWview gallery

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Disaster MemorialsSonnenbunker Bombing - Ulm-Söflingen, Germany, BW

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This is a memorial for the Bombing of the so-called 'Sonnenbunker', a civil defence shelter, which has been destroyed during an air raid on 2/22/1945 where 162 people died. It can be found at the 'Söflinger Straße' in Ulm, Germany, Baden-Württemberg.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Tante.Hossi

location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany

date approved: 4/25/2014

last visited: never

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