Global & Disaster Medicine

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CNN: “Several explosions hit Yemen’s Aden airport as the newly formed power-sharing government arrived from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The blasts killed at least 22 people and injured scores more….”

The Nashville Explosion, Christmas Day

Remember Lebanon?

Beirut by drone, 8/5/20

Hospitals are overwhelmed caring for the 4,000+ injured, according to the Lebanese Red Cross, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers search the rubble, Al Jazeera reports.

Beirut, 8/4/20: The moment of the explosion

GHN News


Beirut in Mourning after Massive Blast

A catastrophic explosion that rocked Beirut yesterday killed more than 100, injured thousands more, filled the streets with ambulances, and was felt as far away as Cyprus, the Middle East Eye reports.

The blast scene—a warehouse in the city’s port where ~2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate had been stored unsafely for 6 years—still smoldered this morning.

More than 300,000 people woke up homeless.

“It’s like a war zone. I’m speechless,” Beirut’s mayor, Jamal Itani, told Reuters while surveying the damage.

Related: What is ammonium nitrate, the chemical that exploded in Beirut? – The Conversation

Beirut, 8/4/2020

October 23, 1989: 23 people die in a series of explosions sparked by an ethylene leak at a Philipps Petroleum factory in Pasadena, Texas.

Tanzania: At least 60 people were killed and scores more wounded in a fuel tanker explosion

7/17/1944: An ammunition ship explodes while being loaded in Port Chicago, California, killing 332 people.


6/1/1965: A coal mine explosion kills 236 workers at the Yamano mine near Fukuoka, Japan.


“……The sudden explosion, probably brought about by the ignition of a gas pocket, led to the collapse of many of the mine shafts and caused boulders to block the escape routes. …..”




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