The explosion in Beirut

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Golf Juliet Tango
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The explosion in Beirut
Should we take in as a prompt to do something about the SS Richad Montgomery?
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Keep fingers crossed and hope if it ever goes off it happens at high tide.

After that long in the sea there is almost certainly nothing else that can be done.

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Just read the wikipedia article. Fingers crossed indeed, and don't throw stones at it. Seems a lot  more complex than just saving money by leaving well alone. 

Send in Elon Musk with a remote controlled sub?

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If its an American ship, they should pay!

The video's of the Beiruit blast are truely shocking!

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I have read a few articles on the Richard Montgomery, mostly as a result of reading about it here on BC.

Damned if you do something, so easier to leave your successors to take the blame if/when it all goes up.

Is it always going to be in the "too difficult to deal with" category (a fairly well filled "Pending" tray)?

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I think the most important action for any locals would be to ensure to have a video camera pointing at the wreck at all times. So that if it does go off you can make enough money selling the footage to pay for the new windows in your home.

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Just read the article ,,,it's got to go up someday ,,may be years but if left ,,it will happen I'm sure 

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From Wikipedia (every lazy man's reference point!)

One of the reasons that the explosives have not been removed was the unfortunate outcome of a similar operation in July 1967, to neutralize the contents of SS Kielce, a ship of Polish origin, sunk in 1946, off Folkestone in the English Channel. During preliminary work, Kielce exploded with a force equivalent to an earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, digging a 20-foot-deep (6 m) crater in the seabed and bringing "panic and chaos" to Folkestone, although there were no injuries. Kielce was at least 3 or 4 miles (4.8 or 6.4 km) from land, sunk in deeper water than Richard Montgomery, and had "just a fraction" of the load of explosives.

 

(actually Wikipedia is usually more informative and easier to understand than specialist sites - certainly than most manufacturers).

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As a local of the area the Royal Navy dive team do go around and check everything is ok making sure it’s safe  but as said on this post it can happen. As you my have seen you can see the three masts sticking out of the water from Southend on a clear day as well as the other sights the broken mullbury harbour and of course the famous pier the longest in the world 

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That's ok then as they disappear,,it's 3-2-1 gone BOOM ,,,free fish for tea 

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At least the cargo ship is under water which would suppress some of the blast but there would be an enormous tsunami of sorts & a very wet blast wave. Sooner the casings corrode away the safer it may get.

Beirut explosion was about the equivalent of up to 500 tons of TNT. Back in the Cold War some low yield battle field tactical nukes were just above that level.

Think a 500lb GPU bomb has only about 200lbs of explosive, the rest is casing etc so that may give a fair idea of the power of all that fertiliser going up. 

To quote the Mayor of Beirut - 'what the f*ck was that'.