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Sunday, 11 January 2015


The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history happens on Aug. 26, 1883 on Krakatoa, a small, volcanic island west of Sumatra in Indonesia. Heard 3,000 miles away, the explosions threw five cubic miles of earth 50 miles into the air, created 120-foot tsunamis and killed 36,000 people.

The British Army detonated 19 ammonal mines under the German lines on June 7, 1917, killing 10,000 in the deadliest non-nuclear man-made explosion in history.

A ship in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, carrying TNT and picric acid caught fire after a collision with another ship on December 6, 1917. An evaluation of the explosion's force puts it at 2.9 kilotons TNT equivalent making it the world's largest man-made accidental explosion.

An explosion at a Royal Air Force ammunition dump in Staffordshire killed 70 people on November 27, 1944. Between 3,500 and 4,000 tonnes of ordnance, mostly high explosive (HE)-filled bombs, exploded at the RAF Fauld underground munitions storage depot in the largest non-nuclear explosion in the United Kingdom. The explosion crater with a depth of 100 feet (30 m) and 250 yards (230 m) across is still clearly visible just south of the Staffordshire village of Fauld,

Aftermath of the RAF Fauld explosion. Ref:  RAF_106G_LA_69_PO_0018

The Hiroshima atom bomb explosion was generated by matter weighing no more than a paper clip.

The Soviet Union detonated the hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya; at 50 megatons of yield on October 30, 1961, it remains the largest explosive device ever detonated, nuclear or otherwise.

American physicist Larry Johnston (February 11, 1918 – December 4, 2011) was the only man to witness all three atomic explosions in 1945: the Trinity nuclear test and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

During the Vietnam War, American troops would ingest small amounts of C-4 explosive to get high.

Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reached Earth on December 27, 2004. It was the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet. The neutron star is also the most magnetic object ever perceived by mankind, with a magnetic field of over 1015 gauss in intensity.

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