Regardless of the valor of the firefighters, the SS Mont-Blanc’s cargo ignited, and a 2.9 kiloton (2,900 tons of TNT) explosion ripped by the harbor. For perspective, 2.9 kilotons are about 20 p.c of the yield of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The previous SS Mont-Blanc was vaporized and the explosive power was so highly effective that it precipitated a tsunami in Halifax, wiping out houses (and their inhabitants) within the course of, rendering 6,000 individuals homeless. All instructed, there have been 9,000 accidents along with the aforementioned practically 2,000 deaths.
Luckily, the town of Boston got here to the rescue and despatched scores of docs and medical personnel over the border into Canada to assist in any method they may. Moreover, the lifesaving procedures carried out by all docs on the scene led to strides in medical science, particularly within the fields of eye care and pediatrics. As soon as the mud had actually settled, victims had been practically instantly tended to. Importantly, as a result of prevalence of eye accidents and subsequent blindness from wooden, glass, and different shrapnel, the Canadian Nationwide Institute for the Blind was based shortly afterward in 1918.