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LiveScience releases 10 greatest explosions ever

May 17, 2009

LiveScience just released a pretty cool top 10: History’s 10 greatest explosions

If you’re lazy, here’s the list:

  1. The Farthest Recorded Explosion
  2. Shadow Casting Supernova
  3. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (comet hitting Jupiter)
  4. The K-T Extinction Impact Event
  5. Mount Tambora (largest volcanic blast ever)
  6. Tunguska (a comet hitting siberia)
  7. The Trinity Blast (first a-bomb)
  8. Chernobyl
  9. The Halifax Explosion (cargo ship filled with explosives blowing up)
  10. The Texas City Disaster (another cargo ship)

You have to read the list backwards to get a good ranking for disaster movie titles.  That suggests there is an optimal explosion size for disaster movies (you can’t make much of a movie about a supernova).

I would personally like to nominate The Halifax Explosion for the Hollwood treatment.  Here’s why:

  • Happened in WWI, which means cool costumes and the like
  • The explosion created a tsunami, which means the movie could pull off the rare double genre of Accidental Disaster and Natural Disaster
  • Scientists and historians agree that: “Halifax Harbour remains unchallenged in overall magnitude as long as five criteria are considered together: number of casualties, force of blast, radius of devastation, quantity of explosive material, and total value of property destroyed.” (courtesy the almighty Wikipedia)
  • There was a blizzard the next day, adding to the drama

I’d pay to see that.  I should mention that a miniseries was already made, but we all know that’s just not the same.

-Jim

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