Accident: 2020 Beirut explosions

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Accident: 2020 Beirut explosions Gender: N/A
Time of second explosion
born on 4 August 2020 at 18:08 (= 6:08 PM )
Place Beirut, Lebanon, 33n53, 35e30
Timezone EEST h3e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 12°41' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 24°04 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 18°44'



Accident: 2020 Beirut explosions (Aftermath showing the grain silo to the left and the flooded blast crater to the right)
photo: photographer: mehdi shojaeian عکاس: مهدی شجاعیان, license cc-by-sa-4.0

Biography

Lebanese industrial disaster that occurred when two explosions ripped threw a portside area of the capital and largest city of Beirut. The extremely powerful second blast resulted in at least 220 deaths, 7,000 injuries, and US$10–15 billion in property damage, and made an estimated 300,000 people homeless.

The blast was linked to about 2,750 tonnes (3,030 short tons; 2,710 long tons) of ammonium nitrate – equivalent to around 1.2 kt of TNT – that had been confiscated by the Lebanese government from the abandoned ship MV Rhosus and stored in the port without proper safety measures for six years. The blast was detected by the United States Geological Survey as a seismic event of magnitude 3.3, which was felt in Turkey, Syria, Israel, and parts of Europe, and was heard in Cyprus more than 250 km (160 mi) away.

The Beirut explosion was similar to explosions of large amounts of ammonium nitrate in Tianjin, China, in 2015, Toulouse AZF factory, in France, in 2001, and Texas City, United States, in 1947.

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  • Mundane : Disasters : Accidents (Ammonium nitrate explosions)