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Empty reservoir after Johnstown Flood, 1889

Empty reservoir after Johnstown Flood, 1889

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Empty reservoir after Johnstown Flood. View from the failed South Fork Dam of the empty reservoir (Lake Conemaugh) on the Little Conemaugh River in Pennsylvania, USA, following the Johnstown Flood of 1889. On 31 May 1889, following heavy rains, the dam forming this reservoir failed. The failure occurred at 15:10 local time, releasing millions of tons of water from the reservoir. Around an hour later, a wall of debris and water engulfed the town of Johnstown travelling at around 60 kilometres per hour. Over 2200 people died, the worst US disaster at that time. Photographed by US photographer Ernest Walter Histed (1862-1947).

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