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   Undertoad  Tuesday Jan 9 03:15 PM

January 9, 2007: Island blown up by gas cooker



(Thanks to lurker Spacecow.) Off the northern coast of Panama are a bunch of sandbars and tiny little islands. One mile north of the coast is the island of Soledad Miria. Over 1000 people live there.

Or at least they used to. Just before the end of the year, a gas cooker malfunctioned, creating a massive explosion and fire that leveled over half the dwellings there.

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The blast caused an inferno that leapt from hut to hut, taking less than ten minutes to sweep across half the shanty town-style community.

As gas cylinders in more wooden homes exploded, many of Soledad Miria's 1,014 inhabitants dived into the sea or took to fishing boats to escape.

More than a third - 348 - were injured but, amazingly, no one died.



glatt  Tuesday Jan 9 03:32 PM

That's horrible, but I have to wonder if the others are saying to themselves "Hey, look at all that space over there. Now I can build the big shack I always dreamed of."



Undertoad  Tuesday Jan 9 03:49 PM

I have to think that the people on that little mini-island at the bottom feel better about their decision to remain aloof.



barefoot serpent  Tuesday Jan 9 04:16 PM

as long as they don't burn their bridges...



BigV  Tuesday Jan 9 04:19 PM

I told you deep frying turkeys can be dangerous. [/scold]



Shawnee123  Tuesday Jan 9 04:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
I have to think that the people on that little mini-island at the bottom feel better about their decision to remain aloof.
That must be where the Grand Poobah lives.


Griff  Tuesday Jan 9 05:07 PM

Google Earth has that labeled as Moderator Island...



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 9 06:34 PM

I wonder what caused the fire to stop along that line?



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Jan 9 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
I wonder what caused the fire to stop along that line?
1000+ people all urinating at the same time.


barefoot serpent  Tuesday Jan 9 06:37 PM

orrrrrrrrrr, that's where it started and the wind was blowing right-to-left.



tw  Tuesday Jan 9 07:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
That's horrible, but I have to wonder if the others are saying to themselves "Hey, look at all that space over there. Now I can build the big shack I always dreamed of."
They are also saying the same thing in New Orleans' ninth ward.


richlevy  Tuesday Jan 9 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by BigV View Post
I told you deep frying turkeys can be dangerous. [/scold]
Darn, he beat me to it.


wolf  Wednesday Jan 10 01:42 AM

That was no gas cooker fire. El Gordito was horsing around with his buds and said something on the order of "Pedro, hold my cerveza, por favor, while I light my farts. I ate like a gallon of refried beans, man!"



SPUCK  Wednesday Jan 10 06:13 AM

Quote:
Google Earth has that labeled as Moderator Island...
I think they dun run clean outta moderator that day.


Bromskloss  Wednesday Jan 10 07:12 AM

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Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
I think they dun run clean outta moderator that day.
Haha! Very aptly, but I had to read it a couple of times before I got it.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jan 10 10:25 AM

Maybe not, maybe the Moderator saved half the island.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Jan 10 10:28 AM

The people who got voted off the island are breathing a huge sigh of relief and saying "naa naa naa naa naa na."



Undertoad  Wednesday Jan 10 10:39 AM

Flame wars can be devastating.



glatt  Wednesday Jan 10 10:44 AM

Does this image remind anyone else of SimCity after a fire disaster, but before the Sims rebuild? I should try to find a screen shot of that old game.



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