Shipping Port Destroyed: Multiple Explosions & Massive Blast In Beirut, Lebanon (On The Same Scale As The Tianjin, China Explosion In 2015)

Multiple little explosions and a massive blast have destroyed an entire port and more…

WARNING: SOME OF THIS POST (in the Tweets, etc) HAS GRAPHIC IMAGES

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Update 1: Nice concise summary over on ZH (although likely very, very, very low on the death toll):

  • at least 70 people killed, over 3,000 injured; death toll rising by the hour
  • ten firefighters still missing
  • sprawling port area utterly destroyed
  • widespread damage observed across city
  • exact cause of explosion still officially unknown
  • Lebanon’s interior minister links blast to ammonium nitrate improperly stored in a warehouse at the port
  • Shockwave and explosion so large that terrified residents thought they were under nuclear attack
  • Countries sending international emergency aid
  • Large parts of city plunged into darkness this evening
  • Overwhelmed hospitals are treating patients in parking lots
  • Head of Lebanon’s Red Cross George Kettani told broadcaster Mayadeen: “There are victims and casualties everywhere – in all the streets and areas near and far from the explosion.”
  • Beirut City Governor Marwan Aboud said: “Beirut is a disaster city and the scale of the damage is enormous” and called the blast a “national disaster akin to Hiroshima.”


(by Half Dollar) There has been a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

An assortment of Tweets on the explosion:

WARNING, VERY GRAPHIC:

A Reuters stream that’s three hours long (already ended):

Some coverage from Fox News, last updated close to 5:00 p.m. EST:

A massive explosion shook Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 60 people and injuring thousands of others while flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital, and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear. The Lebanese Red Cross tweeted that more than 30 teams were responding to the scene of the blast via ambulances.

The health minister said at least 60 people were killed and over 3,000 were injured.

Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh said the injured were being taken to hospitals outside the capital because facilities there were at capacity. He put the number of casualties in the hundreds but said he did not have exact figures on dead or injured.

Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said the explosion might have been caused by highly explosive material that was confiscated from a ship some time ago and stored at the port. Local television channel LBC said the material was sodium nitrate.

The blast was stunning even for a city that has seen civil war, suicide bombings and bombardment by Israel. It could be heard and felt as far away as Cyprus, more than 180 miles across the Mediterranean.

“It was a real horror show. I haven’t seen anything like that since the days of the (civil) war,” said Marwan Ramadan, who was about 550 yards from the port and was knocked off his feet by the force of the explosion.

I’ll be updating this post throughout the evening as necessary.

Developing…