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Take a look at some of the world’s largest mass disasters.

HUSTON, TX (AP) – Fans flocked to the stage at the Houston Music Festival. During a performance by rapper Travis Scott, causing panic in the crowd, at least eight people died and many were injured, authorities said. Here are some of the largest mass disasters in decades:

December 3, 1979 – Eleven people are killed as thousands of fans rush to attend The Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

October 20, 1982 – Sixty-six people are killed in a crowd of fans leaving the UEFA Cup match between Spartak Moscow and Haarlem, the Netherlands at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.

May 28, 1985 – 39 people were killed in fan violence in the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus at Heisel Stadium in Brussels.

March 13, 1988 – Ninety-three people are killed as thousands of football fans rush to the closed exits of the stadium fleeing a sudden hail storm in Kathmandu, Nepal.

April 15, 1989 – Ninety-seven people were killed and hundreds injured in a crowd of fans at the crowded Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. One victim died this June aspiration pneumonia, to which he was left vulnerable due to injuries resulting from the disaster.

July 2, 1990 – During the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia, 1,426 Muslim pilgrims, mostly from Asia, die in and around the long pedestrian tunnel from Mecca to Mina.

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January 13, 1991 – 42 people are killed as fans try to avoid a brawl at Oppenheimer Stadium in South Africa.

May 23, 1994 – 270 Muslim pilgrims were killed by a crowd of pilgrims during the Hajj.

November 23, 1994 – Panic during a political protest in Nagpur, India, kills 113 people.

October 16, 1996 Eighty-four people were killed and 147 injured when frightened fans were crushed and strangled before the World Cup qualifier between Guatemala and Costa Rica in Guatemala.

April 9, 1998 – A crowd of pilgrims on a bridge in Mecca claimed the lives of 118 Hajj pilgrims.

April 11, 2001 – At least 43 people are crushed to death during a football match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

May 9, 2001 – More than 120 people were killed when police fired tear gas at a rowdy crowd at a stadium in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, leading to panic.

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February 17, 2003 – Twenty-one people are crushed to death as they exit the stairs to E2, a nightclub in Chicago.

February 20, 2003 – Fireworks on stage during a Great White concert at the Station nightclub in Warwick, Rhode Island, ignited a fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200.

February 1, 2004 – Panic during the Hajj ritual on the Jamarat Bridge near Mecca killed 251 people.

January 25, 2005 – Panic among Hindu pilgrims near Mandhradevi Temple in Maharashtra, India, kills 265 people.

August 31, 2005 – At least 640 Shia pilgrims in Baghdad were killed when a bridge railing collapsed during a religious procession, leaving dozens of people trapped in the Tigris River.

January 12, 2006 – Panic among Muslim pilgrims during the Hajj ceremony near Mecca killed 345 people.

February 4, 2006 – 78 people died in panic at the PhilSports Arena in Manila, Philippines while they were waiting to audition for a TV show.

September 30, 2008 – At least 168 people are killed and 100 injured when thousands of Hindu pilgrims panic at a temple in Jodhpur, India.

July 24, 2010 – 21 people were killed and over 650 injured in a collision in a crowded tunnel that was the only access point to the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg, Germany.

November 22, 2010 – More than 340 people are killed and hundreds injured in panic at a festival in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

January 27, 2013 – A fire killed more than 200 people at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil.

24 September 2015 – At least 2,411 Muslim pilgrims died in a stampede during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

April 30, 2021 – Forty-five people are killed and dozens injured in panic during the annual pilgrimage to Mount Meron in Israel.

November 5, 2021 – Fans of the Houston Music Festival flock to the stage. during a performance by rapper Travis Scott, sparking a panic that left at least eight people dead and many more injured.


This story has been corrected to reflect that Hillsborough Stadium is located in Sheffield, England and not in Scotland.

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