The devastating explosion of Beirut Caught on Satellite Images 

A lot of destruction, casualties, and victims could be seen from the ground, but satellite images are telling the detailed story of the event.

The devastating explosion of Beirut Caught on Satellite Images 
Beirut explosion caught on satellite

The devastating explosion of Beirut Caught on Satellite Images 

A powerful explosion creating a mushroom cloud occurred on 4 August 2020 in Beirut. The massive blast killed and injured many at the port of Beirut. About three lakhs are displaced from their homes, and Beirut has been declared as a disaster city. Rescue workers are digging through the site to find survivors and the missing ones. A lot of destruction, casualties, and victims could be seen from the ground, but satellite images are telling the detailed story of the event.

Before and after images of Beirut port by Maxar Tech/ AFP

Satellite images are showing a massive crater at the port after the explosion, similar to an earthquake of magnitude 3.3. The 140m crater, a ship blasted out of the water, and remains of the warehouse are the only visible things after the shockwave. Several surrounding buildings suffered roof damage, whereas many are flattened after the explosion. 

According to reports, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the capital city of Lebanon. Storing a large amount of ammonium nitrate for a long time could be the reason for decay and finally, an explosion after coming in contact with fire. Ammonium nitrate is normally used in fertilizers. It is highly explosive in nature, therefore, requires high maintenance and care. 

Satellite imageries before and after the damage are clearly showing the terrible time for Beirut as the present situation of COVID 19 has its set of problems for everyone. The scenario is difficult not only for rescue teams and healthcare workers but also for a huge financial impact. 

An image from Planet Labs is showing the destruction at Beirut port. 

One of the Drone footage shows how a silo structure opened and torn out after the explosion. The grain, which contributes to about 85% of the country's total grain, got converted into debris. 

Chaos and destruction are everywhere in pictures and satellite imageries. Several port officers were arrested following the disaster. The Health Minister of Lebanon, Hamad Hassan, has estimated a rise in coronavirus cases within ten days because of the increase in interaction between saviors and survivors.