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geoffwessex
12-07-2007, 10:56 PM
A little late to report it here, perhaps, but yesterday (6th December) was the 90th anniversary of the biggest man-made explosion on the planet until the atomic bomb. Two merchant ships collided in the harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and one of them was full of ammunition and high-octane fuel. The ship caught fire and shortly afterwards an explosion took out the middle of the city (as well as vapourising the ship and its crew) and around 1800 people were killed. Just to make it worse, a blizzard hit the city later in the day, while people were still under the rubble.

Full story on several sites on the web, one of the best is here (http://www.cbc.ca/halifaxexplosion/he1_promise/index.html)

hueywolf123
12-08-2007, 04:01 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif, Wow, I never knew about that. That must have been a gigantic explosion.
Good post

Celeon999
12-08-2007, 06:11 AM
I almost posted "it wasnt the biggest" but then i read the "man-made" part http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

The biggest non-nuclear detonation ever was the "Tunguska event" which had between 10 to 20 megatons (20.000 kilotonnes while hiroshima had only 13 kilotonnes !) of power but this was of course not a man made event. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Tunguska Event @ wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event)

Foehammer-1
12-08-2007, 07:57 AM
Originally posted by hueywolf123:
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif, Wow, I never knew about that. That must have been a gigantic explosion.
Good post

Hueywolf, you disappoint me. Come on. I grew up outside of Canada, and even i knew about that... what did they teach in history classes in your days?? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

bunkerratt
12-08-2007, 08:39 AM
if i remember correctly it's anchor landed 2 miles away..

Realjambo
12-08-2007, 10:51 AM
Thanks for sharing Geoff - makes for interesting reading http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

PhantomKira
12-08-2007, 03:16 PM
if i remember correctly it's anchor landed 2 miles away..

Would that be the anchor of the aformetioned vaporized ship? Surprised anything survived, although I suppose if it were the right type of ship, then the anchor might be far enough forward of the explosion to escape in recognizable form.

bunkerratt
12-08-2007, 03:48 PM
http://thumb7.webshots.net/t/59/459/5/32/72/2807532720090666207BPZpfX_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2807532720090666207BPZpfX)