Ep. 50: Human Crush


Your heart pounds. The air is pressed from your lungs, leaving you breathless. Your mind races as you try to recount how you fell so easily into this situation. You’re experiencing a human crush.

No, we’re not talking about adolescent infatuation. Human crushes are tragic incidents wherein a crowd surges and compresses, sometimes killing its members via asphyxiation. Whether the crowd is running from a crisis like a fire, or surging toward some coveted reward, human crushes can quickly spiral out of control.

In this episode, we cover two specific crushes in depth. Then we follow with a discussion of how human crushes evolve, and what you can do to keep yourself safe.

CONTENT WARNING: Some of the links below contain explicit and graphic video of the disasters. Please take note before opening links marked with “GRAPHIC CONTENT”.



The Brooklyn Bridge Stampede

Mecca Tunnel Tragedy and the Mina Stampede


Additional Resources:

Music used in this podcast:

Neganote – Only Questions Remain

Podington Bear – Dark Water

Podington Bear – Juliette

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