The Great MOLASSES Flood of 1919

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When you think “molasses,” you probably think “slow, sticky,” or “totally boring,” but in January, 1919, a tsunami wave of molasses destroyed Boston’s North End, killing 21 people and leaving another 150 injured. In this episode of #Untold, a new #YouTubeLearning series from ACS, PBS, and YouTube, we get into the science behind what created that 25 foot wave, and why there was such a crazy amount of molasses in Boston to begin with.

Molasses flood photographs are courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

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Credits:

Executive Producers:
George Zaidan
Hilary Hudson

Producer/Editor:
Darren Weaver

Writer/Host:
Alex Dainis, PhD

Assistant Editor:
Brett Kuxhausen

Animator:
Shea Lord

Coordinating Producer:
Samantha Jones, PhD

Fact Checker:
Bob Hunt

Archive Producer:
Annalea Embree

Scientific Consultants:
Michelle Boucher, PhD
Leila Duman, PhD
Nicole Sharp, PhD
Benjamin Stark, PhD

Sources:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Kou_qOGHgajWelsVZijHPZjE8CT4cWiqIMBs90-Nza0/edit?usp=sharing

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