Posted October 22, 2020 in Featured News

“We offer our sincerest condolences to their loved ones and are working to provide the affected US citizens and their families all possible consular assistance. Across Beirut people are scrambling to pull people from under rubble.

The cause of Monday morning's blast near Labyrinth and Reisterstown Roads was not immediately known. According to CNN, who analysed the satellite imagery, the crater has a diameter of 124 metres, with an accuracy of +/- 10 metres. We are working closely with local authorities to determine if any additional US citizens were affected,” the embassy said in a statement Wednesday. 2 dead, 2 missing in 'ground-shaking' plant explosion in Illinois The search has been temporarily suspected due to heavy debris. Worth reading this brief interview with Jad Chaaban. An article from 2014 on FleetMon, a maritime news website, discussing the situation of the Rhosus, which was left "stranded in Beirut" loaded with "ammonium nitrate". First responders want to find them so the Red Cross can provide hotel rooms, Mayor Jack Young said. Several of Beirut's hospitals were damaged in the blast. When asked by a reporter if he was confident that it was an attack, Trump said: "I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that it was. A helicopter over the blast site working to put out the fires that are still smouldering so that the clean-up operation can get underway. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.

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As can be seen in the footage of the original fire, before the huge explosion, there is white smoke, and within that many small bright explosions with multiple bangs, consistent with fireworks going off. The investigation into an explosion in the harbor of Lebanon’s port city of Beirut is focusing on how 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical used in fertilizers, came to be stored at the facility for six years, and why nothing was done about it. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, UNIFIL, said one of its ships in the port was damaged and a number of its peacekeepers were injured, some seriously. ", But one of Israel's top bomb experts, Boaz Hayoun, said fireworks could have been a factor setting off the bigger blast. She was also injured in the blast, needing stitches in her foot. 91 375 25 00, An article from 2014 on FleetMon, a maritime news website, The UK's Health and Safety Executive's handbook to safely handling ammonium nitrate. Windows and doors were blown out kilometers (miles) away, including at the city's only international airport. One person has died and 17 others were injured after a fiery explosion in Durham, North Carolina, Wednesday morning, according to officials. We leave it to the experts and those concerned to determine why," Badri Daher, director general of Lebanese Customs, told broadcaster LBCI. Lots in this, particularly ensuring the storage is correct and that the ammonium nitrate is not exposed to fire. Iran has promised to send medical aid to provide necessary treatment to the injured. The UK's Health and Safety Executive's handbook to safely handling ammonium nitrate. "Before the big explosion ... in the center of the fire, you can see sparks, you can hear sounds like popcorn and you can hear whistles," said Hayoun, owner of the Tamar Group, which works closely with the Israeli government on safety and certification issues involving explosives. This is an undated file photo, made available by Tony Vrailas, of the Rhosus, the vessel which is suspected of having brought the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate to Beirut, before it was impounded when the owner of the vessel allegedly abandoned it. French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet that his country was sending aid. The detonation of the ammonium nitrate gives rise to red smoke after the mushroom cloud has gone. "This country is cursed," a young man passing by muttered. "Again, it was a major gas explosion so you had homes that were pretty much crumbled — a ton of debris on the ground that we're trying to comb through.". A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant … "I have no idea what happened to my parents. The first, small, white-smoke explosion, may have been a consignment of fireworks in or near Hangar 9.

With thousands likely needing to be housed in shelters or tents the longer the weather holds the better. The explosion came amid ongoing tensions between Israel and the Hezbollah military group on Lebanon's southern border. Head of Beirut port says letters were sent over ammonium nitrate.

Volunteers are out cleaning up the streets across many parts of Beirut. ", At the start of a White House news conference on the coronavirus, Trump said the explosion "looks like a terrible attack."

Lebanese port workers walk at the explosion scene that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There are over 100 people dead and 4,000 injured, with the death toll expected to rise. Flatbread made of wheat is a diet staple in Beirut and finding sufficient wheat over the coming days is going to be another major part of this emergency for the government. US President Donald Trump yesterday said the Beirut explosion appeared to be a terrible attack that had been carried out using a "bomb of some kind", saying he … The explosion was caused by a fire in warehouse number 9 at the port, which spread to warehouse number 12 where the ammonium nitrate was stored, the source added. The silos destroyed at the port contained around 85% of the country's grain. I am totally lost," he said. The red, white and green of the Lebanese flag is being shown on buildings around the world, including Belfast City Hall and Tel Aviv City Hall. The fire appeared to spread to a nearby building, triggering the more massive explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and generating a shock wave. "This is very specific behavior of fireworks.". Iran red crescent collect emergency equipment's stuff at the Mehr-Abad airport in Tehran. The currency is in free-fall, having lost some 90 per cent of its value since September, and the country is also struggling to deal with the effects of the shutdown for the coronavirus. Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. The Eiffel Tower in Paris will turn off its lights at midnight tonight in solidarity with Lebanon, those who lost their lives, and those injured. Beirut explosion – latest news: Lebanon declares state of emergency as over 300,000 left homeless and at least 135 dead following blast. He saved my life. Then, he said, he was thrown off his feet. Numerous offers of aid have been made to Lebanon, with France, Turkey and the Gulf states among the countries offering help in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.

According to the Lebanese Hotel Federation some 90% of the establishments in Beirut have suffered some damage from the blast.

There are reports of violent confrontations in the centre of the city between citizens and forces loyal to the former prime minister Saad Hariri. The head of Beirut port and the head of customs have both said that several letters were sent to the judiciary asking for the dangerous material be removed, but no action was taken. This photo is said to be of a group heading towards the initial fire that was spreading, with the objective of limiting the damage that could be done. "It is negligence," the source is reported to have said, adding that the issue had been discussed at committees and before judges but "nothing was done.".

They go to their family or friends for a day or two and then what are they going to do?"

Esper also said the US was ready to give whatever aid was necessary. Firefighters were in full gear as they battled the debris and 90-degree heat with high midday humidity that made it feel like 100 degrees.

Many residents reported hearing planes overhead just before the blast, fueling rumors of an attack, though Israeli military overflights are common. "We requested that it be re-exported but that did not happen.

Widely shared on social media, this is the moment of the blast, which caused a mushroom cloud and a massive shockwave, which caused major damage across Beirut and could be heard as far away as Cyprus, 150 miles away. Hello and welcome to our coverage of the aftermath of yesterday's huge explosion in the port in Beirut. The explosion rocked Watson Grinding and Manufacturing around 4:15 a.m. CT (5:15 a.m. The Eiffel Tower has gone dark as an act of solidarity. Hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies, and generators to keep their lights on. An Israeli government official said Israel "had nothing to do" with the blast. The city has been devastated by the massive blast that occurred at 18:07 local time, and which has killed at least 100 people and left more than 4,000 injured. On another street, a woman with a bloodied face looked distraught, staggering through traffic with two friends at her side. The EU has activated its Civil Protection Mechanism, which allows the bloc to coordinate aid from the member states.

"There are officials who will stay in their homes in the coming days, pending the conclusion of the investigation and the results being issued.

The blast caused a building to partially collapse and sparked a fire, which officials said had been contained. Yesterday President Trump had talked of it being an attack, a position that has been walked back by Pentagon officials.

Estimates have put the blast at being equivalent to 2.0–2.2 kt of TNT, possibly the sixth biggest ever non-nuclear explosion. "Like there had never been houses there. Lebanon's government has placed all port officials involved in storage and security since 2014 under house arrest. The Lebanese government, at their cabinet meeting this afternoon, has declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital. Health minister Hamad Hassan confirmed the explosion has only added to the ongoing crisis in Lebanon's health care system, which is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.

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