Dozens of people were killed and thousands more injured after a gigantic explosion struck Beirut on Tuesday, pulverizing entire neighborhoods and devastating a nation facing political and economic crises as well as the coronavirus pandemic.
The Lebanese authorities suspect that the disaster was caused by nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored unsafe in a warehouse in a port in the capital.
The force of the explosion has been estimated by scientists at the University of Sheffield to be one tenth of the force of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 during World War II. It was “hands down one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history,” the researchers said.
According to official figures, at least 135 people died and 4,000 others were injured.
These Maxar satellite photos, some of which capture locations in Beirut before and after the explosion, provide a glimpse into the monumental extent of the damage.
Here is the Beirut port area on June 9th, 2020 and again on August 5th after the explosion:
This is a close up of the grain silo in the port of Beirut on June 9th, 2020 and then on August 5th:
The Orient Queen cruise ship can be seen docked in the port of Beirut on July 31, then on August 5, where it capsized after the explosion:
Here’s another view of the grain solo wiped out by the explosion:
And these are damaged buildings and warehouses in Beirut after the explosion: