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The huge explosion in the port of Beirut created a crater 43 meters deep , a Lebanese security source said on Sunday, referring to an assessment by French pyrotechnics experts sent to the ground.
Tuesday's explosion, extremely virulent, devastated entire neighborhoods, leaving more than 300,000 people homeless and causing more than 150 deaths and 6,000 injuries and dozens missing.
Caused by the explosion of a warehouse containing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate six years ago, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, "without preventive measures."
The explosion caused "a crater 43 meters deep," according to the security source. France provides logistical support in Lebanon with the means to carry out the investigation and has sent police and investigation teams, as well as medical aid to help the Lebanese.
The American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) based in Virginia, had indicated that the intensity of the explosion was that of an earthquake of magnitude 3.3 on the Richter scale .
By way of comparison, the 1962 explosion of a 104-kiloton atomic bomb at the "Sedan" nuclear test site in Nevada (western United States) left a crater about 100 meters deep.
The spectacular attack that killed then-Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005, carried out with a truck loaded with explosives, left a crater ten meters in diameter and two meters deep , according to the website of the International Special Tribunal.
On Saturday, thousands of protesters enraged at the ruling class accused of corruption, incompetence and negligence, briefly occupied ministries and marched through downtown Beirut demanding revenge.
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