Beirut Explosion – Updated 5:00 PM Pacific

Update:

Both the AP and Fox News are reporting at least 78 dead and more than 3,000 have been injured.  According to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, a 2,750 ton shipment of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in port since 2013 fueled the massive blast.  The blast was so massive that people on Cypress have reported both hearing and feeling it–and that’s about 180 miles away.  By comparison, that’d be like the explosion happened in the Seattle area and people in Portland would have been able to feel it–just really hard to wrap your mind around that.  The devastation from this is remarkable and, unfortunately, I’m sure the casualty count will continue to rise.

There’s been a massive explosion at the port in Beirut this morning.  Attached are a couple of Twitter video links here and here, with the second one having several videos of it.  In one of the videos, you can see–and hear–multiple smaller explosions rippling off just prior to the massive detonation.  This explosion is still so recent that Beirut officials are still trying to get a handle on the number of casualties but there’s going to be many with an explosion this massive.  Reportedly windows were shattered more than 10km away!

 

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