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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:47 PM
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Exposition Hall severely damaged by large blast (PIC)
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Is this the Atomic Bomb Dome of Hiroshima? Not quite:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion

91 Years Ago Today: The Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion occurred on Thursday, December 6, 1917, when the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was devastated by the huge detonation of a French cargo ship, fully loaded with wartime explosives, that had accidentally collided with a ship set for Belgium in "The Narrows" section of the Halifax Harbour. Approximately 2,000 people (mostly Canadians) were killed by debris, fires, or collapsed buildings, and it is estimated that over 9,000 people were injured. This is still one of the world's largest man-made, conventional explosions to date.

At 8:40 in the morning, Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship which was chartered by the French government to carry munitions, collided with the unloaded Norwegian ship Imo (pronounced E-mo), chartered by the Commission for Relief in Belgium to carry relief supplies. Mont-Blanc caught fire ten minutes after the collision and exploded about twenty-five minutes later (at 9:04:35 AM). All buildings and structures covering nearly two square kilometres along the adjacent shore of the exploded ship were obliterated, including those in the neighbouring communities of Richmond and Dartmouth. The explosion caused a tsunami in the harbour, and a pressure wave of air that snapped trees, bent iron rails, demolished buildings, grounded vessels, and carried fragments of the Mont-Blanc for kilometres.

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amdezurik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:51 PM
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1. don't forget this one in a few months,
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:54 PM
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2. The similarity between the two events are striking, indeed.
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:30 AM
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3. I'd also like to add that justice should be done for the Port Chicago 50.
I hope that President Obama can take care of this injustice post-haste. :thumbsup:
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