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New England By the Numbers: The Great Molasses Flood

New England By the Numbers: The Great Molasses Flood
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by in Jan 2012

day a giant molasses tank in Boston’s North End exploded, gushing more than 2 million gallons of the stuff into city streets

mph: speed at which the molasses initially rolled through the North End

amount the DiStasio family was compensated for the death of their 10-year-old daughter, Maria

number of separate claims filed against United States Industrial Alcohol, owner of the molasses tank, before lawsuit consolidation

years before a plaque honoring the victims was finally installed at Langone Park, former site of the molasses tank

total number of deaths caused by the flood

firehouse ripped from its foundation, causing the second floor to crash down on the first

feet: height at which the flood crested

total amount in claims paid by USIA

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