xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 16 01:18 AM
November 16, 2008: BadaBoom
BadaBoom, Big BadaBoom.
It shakes the very foundation of their organization... authority.
spudcon Sunday Nov 16 01:46 AM
(snip)320 were killed immediately and almost 400 were seriously injured, but that’s not the real tragedy. Most of these men were African American and this single disaster accounted for almost 15% of African American casualties.(snip)
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 16 02:36 AM
True, but in the back of their minds, they knew the people killed were there because of their color. Even though the alternative, had they been allowed, would have been combat duty which isn't exactly safer.
amykins Sunday Nov 16 04:00 AM
Whoa. That's definitely devastating for all involved. What a story... I think the next time SF area will look like that will be a reeeally devastating earthquake. (Any minute now...) And now I have The Fifth Element quotes running rampant through my head. Thanks Bruce!
bluecuracao Sunday Nov 16 04:43 AM
The aftermath was horrible too, but at the very least it paved the way for desegregation of the armed forces.
StereoMike Sunday Nov 16 06:06 PM
Halifax explosion from 1917. Wiped out a whole city (plus 18m tsunami after the explosion).
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 16 06:20 PM
It probably did more damage, and killed more people, because it was a crowded port city rather than a military facility, and in 1917 everything was made of wood. Bigger disaster but not the biggest boom.
busterb Sunday Nov 16 08:31 PM
When I worked at Exxon refinery at Benicia, CA I took a shortcut by there each day.
Gravdigr Sunday Nov 16 09:39 PM
Funny, would there be that much concern for the black folk if they hadn't been blown to 'Kingdom Come'?
Stonan Monday Nov 17 11:33 PM
I would think that the 1917 blast did more damage because it was in deeper water. The rebounding shock wave would be spread out more that if it was in shallow water (such as being dockside)
xoxoxoBruce Monday Nov 17 11:59 PM
It was dockside. After the french abandoned ship, it drifted into the dock, setting it ablaze. The firefighters had just arrived to put out the dock fire, when the ship blew up.
WillieO Tuesday Nov 18 10:33 PM
So the snively French are to blame? I Knew it!
TheMercenary Tuesday Nov 18 10:57 PM
I feel a good natural disaster coming on. Who is next? seriously.
ZenGum Wednesday Nov 19 12:51 AM
Yeah, it's been a while.
spudcon Wednesday Nov 19 01:19 AM
I say Iran, at one of their nuke arsenals, before January 20th.
classicman Wednesday Nov 19 10:03 AM
yeah while trying to launch it on a russian or chinese missile/rocket that fails.
classicman Wednesday Nov 19 10:04 AM
Guess I'll have to take the Asian Tsunami - 28,634 dead.
ZenGum Wednesday Nov 19 06:42 PM
Just from memory, I thought the tsunami (a) killed about 250,000, ten times your number, and (b) already happened, so is ineligible for the "next disaster tipping contest".
Clodfobble Wednesday Nov 19 09:20 PM
San Francisco earthquake. 7,400 dead.
classicman Wednesday Nov 19 09:56 PM
well allrighty then, I'll take another NATURAL disaster. Ice cap melts and kills you! There now you're dead and can't tell me I'm wrong. Pbblllttt!
ZenGum Thursday Nov 20 12:03 AM
Ahh, but what caused the ice cap to melt. If it was anthropogenic, you're disqualified. Again. :p
HungLikeJesus Thursday Nov 20 12:16 AM
What caused the ice to melt was about 144 Btu of heat input per pound of ice melted.
ZenGum Thursday Nov 20 07:45 AM
Here's an interesting question. If all the ice-caps melt, ocean levels would rise by about 150 meters.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Nov 20 08:01 AM
We ain't afraid of no stinkin' meters.:p
Pico and ME Thursday Nov 20 09:10 AM
Im gonna be like Lex Luther and start buying up properties that are just a bit off shore.
Undertoad Thursday Nov 20 10:02 AM
27% of the Netherlands is below sea level.
Pico and ME Thursday Nov 20 10:08 AM
Along with nearly 10 million of its citizens...:p
HungLikeJesus Thursday Nov 20 10:36 AM
I'll be above water.