The explosion produced a seismic wave with a force of 3.3 degrees. According to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the source of the explosion was a “dangerous warehouse” containing 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
The photos show what the port looked like before and after the explosion.
Explosion in Beirut. What was the explosion like?
According to AFP, two explosions took place in the Beirut port. The first, the smaller one, caused a fire that resulted in the second, much more devastating one.
The explosion damaged buildings within a radius of many kilometers, including the headquarters of the country’s prime minister, located about 1.6 km from the port. According to witnesses, it was heard even in Cyprus, more than 200 km away.
Recordings of the massive explosion were immediately posted on social media.