Historic press photos show the aftermath of Mitholz explosion
In 1947, large swathes of rock face crashed down onto the village of Mitholz after an nearby underground military depot exploded. The disaster made headlines around the world. For a long time, it was considered the largest non-nuclear explosion in the world.
- Deutsch Historische Pressebilder zeigen die Folgen der Explosion
- Español La catástrofe en imágenes de prensa
- Português Imagens históricas mostram a escala da destruição
- 中文 大爆炸发生后的历史新闻图片
- عربي صور صحفية تاريخية تظهر عواقب الإنفجار
- Français Images de presse
- 日本語 報道写真が語るミトホルツ爆発事故の惨状
- Italiano Le foto storiche illustrano le conseguenze dell'esplosione
In Switzerland, money was raised to help the inhabitants of the village. On a house rebuilt in 1948, it is written: “Terror swept across the country when our village was destroyed, burned down. Now joy has returned, as we have a new home.”
It was thought that the remaining ammunition did not pose a threat. The depot was even transformed into a military pharmacy in the second half of the 20th century. Then the situation was reassessed. The Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport has decided to dispose of this ordinance. The inhabitants of Mitholz must leave the village during the operation that will last at least ten years.
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