The Halifax Explosion - Nearer My God To Thee





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Uploaded on Jun 30, 2007

On December 6th, 1917, the French Munitions ship Mont-Blanc and Norwegian ship Imo collided with one another. The Mont-Blanc's cargo subsequently caught fire. At 9:04 AM, the munitions aboard the Mont-Blanc exploded, roughly equivalent to three kilotons of TNT.

Although unusual for the time, the following day brought a blizzard, dropping forty centimeters of snow on the community. Those trapped in the rubble, had not been found, or were injured were often left in the cold.

Roughly 2000 were killed, including six hundred under the age of fifteen, one-hundred-sixty-six labourers, one-hundred-thirty-four soldiers and sailers, and one-hundred-twenty-five craftsmen.

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