Recent satellite images show how a gruesome footprint was created by Beirut’s Tuesday explosions.

Explosions in the port area of ​​the Lebanese capital caused a huge wave of pressure that destroyed buildings over a large area. More than a hundred people have been killed and at least 5,000 injured as a result of the explosions and the pressure wave.

The trigger for the explosions is still unclear, but the reason is suspected to be the large amount of ammonium nitrate stored in the port area. According to press reports, 2,750 tonnes of the substance were stored in the port.

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This is what the Beirut port area looked like in June 2020.

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This is what the harbor area looked like on Tuesday after a huge explosion.

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Recent satellite images show how large the explosions made in the port of Beirut. A large, water-filled crater has replaced the site where two harbor buildings previously stood.

To the south of the harbor, only ruins seem to be left.

The satellite image shows the port of Beirut on May 31, 2020.

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This is what the harbor looked like after the explosion.

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According to news agency AFP, the harbor licked by the flames of Beirut on Tuesday resembled the post-nuclear disaster landscape on Tuesday. AFP described that there are collapsed buildings everywhere and there are flaming ships at sea.

The force of the second explosion was so enormous that its sound was heard all over the country. The explosion was also felt in Cyprus, which is 240 kilometers away.

- It was like an atomic bomb, described a more than 70-year-old retired teacher Makrouhie Yergania, who has lived near the port for decades.