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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. …..”



4/28/1995: A gas explosion beneath a busy city street in Taegu, South Korea, kills more than 100 people on this day in 1995.


“……an underground railroad was being constructed beneath the city streets. Metal sheets were put down in place of asphalt to cover holes in certain sections of downtown roads during the construction.

At about 7:30 a.m., during a busy rush hour, a large explosion rumbled beneath the streets, blasting the metal sheets high into the air. Flames shot out from underground, some 150 feet high, throughout a 300-yard area. Cars were transformed into fireballs and one was reported to have been thrown 30 feet into the air. Some pedestrians in the area were enveloped by fire; others further away were blown to the ground. Flaming debris hit people up to half of a mile away. The final death toll was 110, with hundreds injured……”


Texas City, Texas, 4/16/1947: Nearly 600 people lost their lives and thousands were injured when the fertilizer-laden Grandcamp exploded


3/11/2004: 191 people are killed and nearly 2,000 are injured when 10 bombs explode on four trains in three Madrid-area train stations during a busy morning rush hour.



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