August 5, 2020

What we know about the Lebanon explosions

Beirut (AFP) – The mega-blast that tore through Lebanon’s capital Tuesday with the force of an earthquake, killing at least 113 people and injuring over 4,000, resulted from the ignition of a huge depot of ammonium nitrate at Beirut’s port, officials say, but many questions remain. Here is what we know so far:What happened? – An initial large explosion shook Beirut’s port area at around 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Tuesday, resulting in a fire, several small blasts and then a colossal explosion that flattened the harbour front and surrounding buildings.Seismologists measured the event, which blew out…


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