Beirut port blast crater 43 metres deep
Published: 03:28 PM, 9 August 2020
The huge chemical explosion in the Beirut’s port left a crater 43 meters deep. Photo: Collected
The huge ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut's port that devastated the large parts of the Lebanese capital and claiming over 150 lives, left a 43-metre (141 foot) deep crater.
"The explosion in the port left a crater 43 meters deep", a Lebanese security official told AFP, citing reports by French experts conducting an assessment of the disaster area.
The crater is much larger than the one left by the enormous blast in 2005 that killed former prime minister Rafic Hariri, which measured 10 metres across and two metres deep, according to an international tribunal investigating his murder.
The blast on Tuesday, which was felt across the county and as far as the island of Cyprus, was recorded by the sensors of the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) as having the power of a magnitude 3.3 earthquake.
It was triggered by a fire in a port warehouse, where a huge shipment of hazardous ammonium nitrate, a chemical that can be used as a fertiliser or as an explosive, had languished for years, according to authorities.
The huge blast also wounded at least 6,000 people and displaced more than 300,000 from their destroyed or damaged homes.