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    What we know so far about the Beirut explosions that killed a hundred and injured thousands

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    Seismologists measures the explosions -- heard in Nicosia, 240 kilometres away in Cyprus -- as being the equivalent of a 3.3-magnitude earthquake. The explosions were preceded by a fire at a warehouse at Beirut’s port, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency.​​

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    Seismologists measures the explosions -- heard in Nicosia, 240 kilometres away in Cyprus -- as being the equivalent of a 3.3-magnitude earthquake.
    Two explosions ripped through Beirut's port on Tuesday, killing at least a hundred people and injuring thousands, as they wrecked buildings across the Lebanese capital.

    The explosions were preceded by a fire at a warehouse at Beirut’s port, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency. It was the most powerful explosion ever seen in the city, which has endured civil war, conflicts with Israel and terror attacks.

    Seismologists measures the explosions -- heard in Nicosia, 240 kilometres away in Cyprus -- as being the equivalent of a 3.3-magnitude earthquake.

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    The secretary-general of the Kataeb political party, Nizar Najarian, was killed in the blast, and among those injured was Kamal Hayek, the chairman of the state-owned electricity company, who was in critical condition.

    Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday expressed condolences to the families of people who lost their lives in a powerful explosion in Beirut.

    "Shocked and saddened by the large explosion in Beirut city leading to loss of life and property. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured," PMO India tweeted.


    Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said 2,750 tonnes of the agricultural fertiliser ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, sparking "a disaster in every sense of the word".

    Public Health Minister Hamad Hassan has announced that the government will cover the costs of treating the wounded, the National News Agency reported.
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    6 Comments on this Story

    Ghost of Cicero44 days ago
    Hardly a surprise when you consider the country is still basically run by Iran/Syria/Hezbollah.
    Chandravadan Trivedi46 days ago
    The total lack of scientific knowledge has led to this explosion.
    Gautam Mukherjee47 days ago
    2750 tons of ammonium nitrate blowing up in a instance is equivalent to a small scale nuclear explosion for the amount of energy released. That explains the shock wave created by the blast damaging buildings and other things nearby. Question is how can people be so careless to stockpile thousand of tons of material at one place having explosive properties.
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