Beirut Blast: Explosion At Beirut’s Port, Lebanon

By Anushka, Blogger at Thinkbluebrain

The Story Behind Blast

The whole world is shocked after the Beirut blast, Lebanon this week. A catastrophic explosion took place at Beirut’s port, Lebanon on Tuesday (4 August) afternoon. 

DEVASTATED! A BLAST THAT RIPPED UP THE CAPITAL CITY

The whole world is shocked after the Beirut blast, Lebanon this week. A catastrophic explosion took place at Beirut’s port, Lebanon on Tuesday (4 August) afternoon.

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED AT BEIRUT PORT?

Two explosions in Beirut port, the capital of Lebanon ,a country in Western Asia occurred sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. The blast was so powerful that it created a seismic waves equivalent to a magnitude of 3.5 earthquake, according to Germany’s geosciences. Such a huge! It damaged residences as far as 10 km and was felt nearly 250 km away, in the neighbouring island of Cyprus, according to European Mediterranean Seismological Centre(EMSC).

SO WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF BEIRUT BLAST?

Beirut blast was triggered by confiscated explosion, 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate kept in warehouse near populated area for 6 years. “THE DEVIL- AMMONIUM NITRATE!”Pure ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3), white crystalline chemical used in fertilizer and main component of explosion. But thehe fact is pure NH4NO3 is not an explosion on its own however for combinations to explode, triggers like detonators are used known as- ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil).

THE CASUALTIES IT CAUSED

Health minister Hamad Hassan said at least 154 people were killed and 5000 others injured but the number is expected to rise! It has left 3,00,000 people homeless, many are still missing and damage of more than $3 billion IT’S ECONOMY IN CRISIS! The blast has put additional tension on Lebanon’s healthcare system which is already tackling Coronavirus pandemic. Also Lebanon’s economy ministry said on Wednesday that the nation has less than a month’s grain reserve.

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