The satellite images, published by CNN, show the before and after scenes of a powerful blast that shook Beirut yesterday, leaving hundreds killed and thousands severely wounded.
According to Lebanon Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, the explosions had 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, seized from a boat from 2014, and stored in a warehouse, which caused massive casualties. The blast resulted in a mushroom cloud created by high atomic explosions in the majority of the cases, which was seen 150 miles away in Cyprus. It is believed to be equal to a 3.3 magnitude earthquake.
The images released by the satellite show ginormous destruction after the powerful blast around the waterfront took place. Almost every building is damaged in some way, and the wrecking is irreversible. Some of the buildings are still standing but on the verge of collapsing with a light puff of breeze.
A peninsula is directly affected on the East side as the buildings are blown away. The boat can also be seen blown onto its side. The neighborhood of East has also seen intense roof damage.
The grain silos containing country’s 85% grain are severely damaged, as shown in the pictures. It is almost impossible to map the damage caused by the explosion that unfortunately took place in Beirut’s congested residential and industrial areas. Nearly 1900 residents lived per mile in the port area of the city.
The explosions erupted around Port Silos turning buildings in the surroundings into debris and rubble. A fire was also caught in the area on account of which, several buildings burnt down.
The shock wave is now turning into anger as the public and politicians call it a consequence of the government’s negligence. The public is demanding a thorough and intense investigation over the matter.