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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 5th August 2020 19:39
On the evening of 4 August 2020, at 18:08 EEST, multiple explosions occurred in the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.

The blasts occurred at the Port of Beirut and left more than 135 people dead, 80 more missing and more than 5,000 people injured.

The damage extended over half of Beirut, with the likely cost above $10 billion.

Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud estimated that up to 300,000 people were left homeless by the explosions.

The main explosion was linked to approximately 2,750 tonnes (3,030 short tons) of ammonium nitrate that had been confiscated by the government from an abandoned ship and stored in the port without proper safety measures for the previous six years.

Despite inefficient transmission of the shock waves into the ground, the explosion was detected a seismic event of magnitude 3.3 by the United States Geological Survey.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 6th August 2020 09:47
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