Beer tsunami in 1814 in London

• Beer in London in 1814 tsunami

Usually, if the beer flows like water, then all around fun and provocatively. But October 17th, 1814 the inhabitants of London district near the church of St. Giles was not joking. In stock local brewery "Mo and Company" (Meux and Company Brewery) blew a huge vat of beer volume of 610 000 liters. Shards of broken vat other barrels and spilled out into the street and a half million liters of stout. That then it began ...

Beer tsunami in 1814 in London

At about five o'clock in the evening on that unfortunate day to the fermentation tank dropped one of the tightening hoops. On duty in stock George Creek did not attach much importance to this incident and simply left a note repairmen. Later, talking to the cops on the ruins of a brewery, he stated that such breakdowns occur two or three times a year, and nothing tragic happened before.

Beer tsunami in 1814 in London

About an hour later, when Mr. Creek, otlynivaya of his duties, drank beer in the nearest tavern, there was a deafening explosion and a few quieter. Moments later, the brewery building collapsed like a house of cards, and to freedom escaped a wave height of four meters.

While the street Tottenham Court Road were not fashionable brick houses, as now, but the wooden shack where they lived for the most part poor Irish. Two houses located in front of the brewery, the rushing wave razed to the ground a second. The strength of the flood was such that one of the victims, 15-year-old girl named Eleanor Cooper, literally typed into the wall of a building, and the poor girl gasped.

Beer tsunami in 1814 in London

A total of eight people were killed. Six Irish, who lived in the basement, drowned, unable to get out. And one man died of alcohol poisoning. He spent too much time in the room flooded with beer and absorbed through the skin so much alcohol that his heart stopped.

Beer tsunami in 1814 in London

After leaving the beer giant wave area of ​​the church of St Giles it looked as if hit by an earthquake. Home without facades and walls, ruins, mud, fire, pulled out the victims from the rubble.

Flood continued to take their toll even after faded. Cunning Irish decided to somehow improve their catastrophic financial situation and started to put the corpses of drowned on the amusement of the audience. During one of these "rides" the floor of the room collapsed under the weight of onlookers, and they all fell into the basement, which was still filled to the brim with beer. Several other people were drowned.