A massive explosion has rocked the city of Beirut.
via: GettyOn Tuesday, shocking footage of the explosion, which appeared to come from around the Lebanese capital’s port, was posted onto Twitter.
And just a day later it was confirmed that the blast was caused by ammonium nitrate.
2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse. many lost their lives in a split second. my prayers g… https://t.co/Gowx71fp4D— ㅇㅅㅇ (@ㅇㅅㅇ)1596582884.0
It was used to make fertilizers and explosives.
via: Getty ImagesAnd the substance has been stored there near a port for over 6 years.
But nothing of the sort has ever happened before.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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 utter devastation left behind has shocked the world.
via: Getty ImagesThe blast could be felt in other countries in a 100KM radius.
Reports state that it was even felt in the country of Cyprus in Europe.
via: Getty ImagesSince the explosion occurred, other countries including Canada and the United Kingdom have offered their support to Lebanon.
The Czech Republic has also said they would send in thirty-seven rescuers with sniffer dogs...
via: Getty ImagesWhile Greece and Denmark have also extended a helping hand.
The French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron said he was already in the process of sending equipment into the country.
via: Getty ImagesOn 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."
It has already been a pretty difficult time for the country.
via: Getty ImagesAmid the pandemic, the country has also been suffering a major economic collapse, with its currency dropping in value over seventy percent.
That means supplies and funding were hard to distribute...
via: Getty ImagesAnd 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.
It is thought that the damage repairs are going to cost approximately 5 billion dollars.
via: Getty ImagesOver 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.
Even places that weren't close to the warehouse experienced intense damage.
via: Getty ImagesThe blast was so strong that it completely shattered glass windows and blew in the entrances of homes and other establishments.
Footage of the blast as well as the devastating after-effects are being uploaded online.
via: Getty ImagesIt's a truly harrowing sight.
Another video has also shown us how scary the incident was.
via: Getty ImagesA priest was leading the service when the lights started flicking and the rumbling started.
He can then be seen running, as well as everyone else in the church as the impact of the explosion tears through the room.
via: Getty ImagesIt is a truly disheartening sight.
So far, 137 people have died...
via: Getty ImagesAnd 5,000 more are said to be injured.
Emergency services in the area are working tirelessly to recover people from the rubble.
via: Getty ImagesBut it is a long and daunting task, with many people being found amongst the carnage succumbing to their injuries.
People online are raising more awareness about the issue, as well as promoting links as to where you can donate.
https://t.co/oHxzj0XmDz— elisha (@elisha)1596627938.0
Reuters also reported that the country might be facing a food shortage.
After blast, Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves https://t.co/rzq7JEM4CT https://t.co/xprrOlx87l— Reuters (@Reuters)1596627304.0
Celebrities from across the globe have been speaking out about the devastation.
via: Getty ImagesA-listers including Ariana Grande and Jameela Jamil are using their platforms to spread awareness and donate to Beirut.
The star took to her Instagram stories to post about the devastating explosion.
Kylie Jenner reposted Lebanon on her story, ladies and gents a BILLIONAIRE who could potentially help those in need… https://t.co/lxJpqN1Jx4— Μαρία✞ (@Μαρία✞)1596582644.0
@aishasbarbie @sunflowerIine @KylieJenner You just didn’t get the point. She just has been featured by the Hong Kon… https://t.co/VglBJsg0K7— flora (@flora)1596670922.0
Kylie Jenner would rather talk about uno cards than the situation going on in lebanon right now. ive come to the co… https://t.co/S3TX3uR3Mv— julianna💔💔💔 (@julianna💔💔💔)1596649505.0
Kylie Jenner is worth 900 million, yet only sending prayers to Lebanon... wth is a prayer going to do— alejandro (@alejandro)1596679365.0
not kylie jenner posting a link for a lebanon disaster relief fund... girl you ARE the disaster relief fund— xela (@xela)1596658267.0
Kylie jenner saying “prayers for lebanon” absolutely sends me. She is a piece of shit with her CHEST— alexis or sumn (@alexis or sumn)1596675643.0
Did kylie Jenner just "Wow Wow" entire Lebanon? 🙄— The Wrong Person (@The Wrong Person)1596629224.0
kylie jenner for a fact knows the whole internet wants her to finally speak about something important, like lebanon… https://t.co/ElVM3c1V2c— liv (@liv)1596633713.0
kylie jenner is dumb like wow wow prayers for lebanon omg yes bitch i wish you were a billionaire who could actuall… https://t.co/VcwwLt5ZBL— medora (@medora)1596628101.0
Take a look at her post below:
via: InstagramWhat do you think?
Lebanon needs us more than ever right now.
via: Getty ImagesOur thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrific incident. If you can help out with anything, any donations to the Lebanese Red Cross charity would go a long way. To read more on the explosion, scroll on.