Disasters in Nova Scotia: Natural disasters in Nova Scotia, Shipwrecks of the Nova Scotia coast, Halifax Explosion

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Halifax Explosion, Swissair Flight 111, Springhill Mining Disaster, Westray Mine, Ss Mont-Blanc. Excerpt: The Halifax Explosion occurred on Thursday, December 6, 1917, when the city of Halifax , Nova Scotia , Canada , was devastated by the huge detonation of the SS Mont-Blanc , a French cargo ship , fully loaded with wartime ...

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Halifax Explosion, Swissair Flight 111, Springhill Mining Disaster, Westray Mine, Ss Mont-Blanc. Excerpt: The Halifax Explosion occurred on Thursday, December 6, 1917, when the city of Halifax , Nova Scotia , Canada , was devastated by the huge detonation of the SS Mont-Blanc , a French cargo ship , fully loaded with wartime explosives, which accidentally collided with the Norwegian SS Imo in "The Narrows" section of the Halifax Harbour . About 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, or collapsed buildings and it is estimated that over 9,000 people were injured. This is still the world's largest man-made accidental explosion . At 8:40 in the morning, the SS Mont-Blanc , chartered by the French government to carry munitions to Europe, collided with the unloaded Norwegian ship Imo , 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 2 square kilometres (500 acres) along the adjacent shore 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.Halifax in wartime Main article: History of Halifax, Nova Scotia View of Halifax before the 1917 explosion , looking toward the industrial north end from downtown-view North from grain elevator towards Acadia Sugar Refinery 1900During World War I , Halifax became a major international port and naval facility. Halifax has one of the world's largest natural harbours that is ice free and was well connected through dir...

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  • ISBN-13: 9781156441473
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/20/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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