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The Great Molasses Flood in Boston

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The Great Molasses Flood in Boston

Time: January 15, 2019 all day
Location: Boston
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Event Type: memorial
Organized By: John Voris, Lead Coordinator
Latest Activity: Jan 10, 2019

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Event Description

Are you safe in your testing of Software ?

Are you keeping Quality in your product ?

Events from the past can still teach lessons in the present.

ON January 15, 1919 at 12:30 in the afternoon near Keany Square 529 Commercial Street,

a molasses tank 50 ft tall and 90 ft in diameter containing 2,300,000 gallons of Molasses collapsed. Witnesses reported that as it collapsed they felt the ground shake and heard a roar, a long rumble similar to the passing of an elevated train

A wave of molasses 25 ft high at its peak barrelled down a narrow street at 35 mph.   The molasses wave was of sufficient force to damage the girders of the adjacent El Subway train and tip a railroad car off the tracks.

Author Stephen Puleo describes how nearby buildings were swept off their foundations and crushed. Several blocks were flooded to a depth of 2 to 3 ft.

21 people died.

It took four days to find all the victims.

Structural defects in the tank combined with unseasonably warm temperatures contributed to the disaster.


Cleanup of the disaster in Boston took weeks and the 300 volunteers who helped with the cleanup tracked the stickyness everywhere in the city.


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