Dozens of people have been killed and thousands more injured after a a gigantic explosion tore Beirut apart Tuesday, pulverizing entire neighborhoods and devastating a nation facing political and economic crises, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.
Lebanese authorities said they suspected the disaster was caused by almost 3000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate be stored in an unsecured manner in a warehouse in a port in the capital.
The force of the explosion was estimated by scientists from the University of Sheffield be a tenth of the power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 during World War II. It was “arguably one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history,” the researchers said.
Officials said at least 135 people had died and 4,000 others were injured.
These Maxar satellite photos, some of which capture sites in Beirut before and after the explosion, provide a glimpse of the monumental scale of the damage.
Here is the Beirut port area on June 9, 2020, then again on August 5 following the explosion:
Here is a close-up of the grain silo at the port of Beirut on June 9, 2020, then on August 5:
the Eastern Queen the cruise ship is seen moored at the port of Beirut on July 31, then on August 5 where it capsized after the explosion:
Here’s another take on the blast-erased grain solo:
And these are damaged buildings and warehouses in Beirut after the explosion: