Devastating Before and After Photos Show Impact at Site of Beirut Explosion

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News of a devastating explosion in Beruit, Lebanon has shocked the world. With over half of the city destroyed, and the entire country already facing other major problems, such as an economic collapse, amid the ongoing battle against the pandemic, this has just made things even worse.

And now harrowing images have surfaced showing the scene before and after.

On Tuesday, shocking footage of the explosion, which appeared to come from around the Lebanese capital’s port, was posted onto Twitter.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab has confirmed that the explosion was the result of 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, that was stored in a warehouse.

And the substance has been stored there near a port for over 6 years.

The cause of the explosion was also backed up by the country’s General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim, that also added that some of the material had been confiscated and stored there prior to the incident.

The blast could be felt in other countries in a 100KM radius.

Since the explosion occurred, other countries including Canada and the United Kingdom have offered their support to Lebanon.

While Greece and Denmark have also extended a helping hand.

On Twitter, he said this: “I express my fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese after the explosion which claimed so many victims and damages this evening in Beirut. “France stands alongside Lebanon. Always. French aid and resources are being transported on the spot.”

Amid the pandemic, the country has also been suffering a major economic collapse, with its currency dropping in value over 70%.

And with the coronavirus still wreaking havoc in most countries, this just adds even more pressure on the government, as well as the country’s citizens.

Over half of the city, including the port, has been completely damaged. Not to mention houses, businesses, and vehicles that were within the impact point of the blast.

The blast was so strong that it completely shattered glass windows and blew in the entrances of homes and other establishments.

You can watch the original video if you keep scrolling, but I must warn you, it is pretty difficult to watch.

A priest was leading the service when the lights started flicking and the rumbling started.

It is a truly disheartening sight.

And 4,000 more are said to be injured.

But it is a long and daunting task, with many people being found amongst the carnage succumbing to their injuries.

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The Lebanese Red Cross and other charities are starting work on the ground as many of the survivors of the blast have lost their homes or their loved ones.

Currently, there is only a month’s worth of grains left but as stated by the president of the country, the after-effects of this terrible event are going to last much longer than that.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.

And now there’s been another horrifying development – pictures shared by Euro Space Imaging of before and after the blast.

It really sums up the extent of the devastation.

“Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images captured only hours ago with WorldView-2 by European Space Imaging highlight the scope of the damage to the surrounding blast site,” they explain.

According to AIS data, this cruise ship is the Orient Queen sailing under the flag of Bahamas, and originating from port King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia.

“Whilst hundreds of other surrounding buildings have been significantly damaged. A cruise ship has been overturned and four tankers have been damaged.”

They’re also very important to data gathering.

“When disaster strikes, VHR satellite imagery can provide critical information for emergency relief operations to evaluate the extent of damage and get an entire overview of the scene.”

“And helps to monitor and detect any changes that may be critical to minimizing or even eliminating further catastrophe.” This is a developing story. Stay posted for further updates.