Just after 6 PM Local time on Tuesday The 4th of August an Explosion ripped through Beirut’s Port. People in Lebanon’s Capital had earlier spotted a large fire at the Port billowing dark smoke into the air. There were reports that a warehouse containing Fireworks had caught fire and several videos of the scene showed colored flashes in the flames. Videos from the scene suggest there was one smaller explosion and then roughly 30 seconds later this enormous shock. The Blast struck with the force of 3.5 magnitude earthquake, this was the aftermath
Windows shattered in buildings across the city and damaged cars on the roads near the Port.
This is where the Explosion Happened.
The Explosion was caught on Camera 11 Kilometer away in the Dubai Marina. The blast was so big that it was heard from the mountains. It was even heard and felt as far away as Cyprus more than 125 Miles across the Mediterranean. Aerial shots show the scale of the destruction of the Port. It reportedly housed 85% of Lebanon’s Supply of Grain which was a strategic food reserve in a country crippled by economic meltdown.
You can see the impact on the Beirut Port silos building before and after the explosion. Surrounding the Silos were corrugated iron and steel structures that have mostly been destroyed.
The Satellite images reveal the extent of the damage. In the below image, this crater was once a warehouse now it’s underwater.
The colossal force was caused by the explosion of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly reactive chemical which was being stored unsafely in a hanger on the Port. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab has promised that those responsible for the catastrophe will pay the price.