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Wed, Jan. 3rd, 2007, 12:13 pm

I'll file this one under "Interesting and sort of cool" rather than "impressive but tragic" because no one was killed.
This is the island of Soledad Miria. A gas cooker exploded and took out half the island. This puts my annoyances with the immersion heater inexplicably being on all night and rumbling in a terrifying manner in perspective. Even if I DID warp and knacker the mouth of the tap in the process of running off the hot water to relieve the pressure.

Wed, Jan. 3rd, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
leftoftheedge

See? Who needs cluster bombs?

Set phasers to Gas Mark 5, Mister Sulu...

Sun, Jan. 7th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

It seems fair to mention that when I read this comment I nearly got in trouble at work for the loud guffaw it caused - guffaws being a sign that a bloke isn't working because no one guffaws at work.

Sat, Jan. 6th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
zubon

In fairness, the ensuing fire is what took out the island, not the explosion. It was more a problem of having too many wood buildings all packed together, rather than a super-detonating gas cooker.

Sun, Jan. 7th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

True enough, but there does seem to be a bit that looks a bit... epicenter-ey and speaking as the former classmate of two geniuses who decided to lob a gas cylinder onto a bonfire one halloween, those things have quite the blast radius, even when near empty (they survived, but not intact despite retreating to a "safe" distance).

By the by, long time fan of your blog.