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Stunning videos and photos captured the moment a massive explosion rocked Beirut Tuesday — as well as the devastation left behind in the aftermath of the deadly blast.

The explosion sent a mushroom cloud high into the sky above the Lebanese capital, leveling much of the city’s port area, damaging some buildings and blowing out windows in others.

Before and after satellite images showed how the big boom changed the landscape of the city, flattening or severely damaging buildings, sinking several ships and wiping out large swaths of the waterfront.

Images of Beirut before and after the explosionGetty Images

Drone footage taken on Wednesday revealed the utter destruction of the port district from overhead, including tangled wreckage and burned-out cars strewn in the streets.

Other footage documents terrifying first-hand accounts, including of a bride who ran for her life amid her wedding photoshoot and a priest who was forced to do the same as debris came crashing down from the ceiling during a livestreamed mass.

A BBC journalist conducting a live interview on Tuesday was seen being thrown to the ground and screaming in horror after the deafening main blast.

One moving video captured a grandmother calmly playing “Auld Lang Syne” on the piano in her damaged home in the wake of the catastrophe.

The explosion is believed to have emanated from a 2,750-ton cache of ammonium nitrate — commonly used as a fertilizer — left to sit in a warehouse for some six years after it was confiscated from a Russian businessman, according to officials and reports.

The blast — which had the impact of 1,100 tons of TNT and the seismic force of a 3.3-magnitude earthquake — killed more than 135 people and injured thousands more.

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Eerie images reveal underwater cemetery built in tribute to 40 monks thrown to their death more than 400 years ago

CHILLING images have emerged of an underwater cemetery that was built in tribute to 40 monks who were thrown to their death more than 400 years ago.

The haunting necropolis lies 20 metres deep at the bottom of the ocean in Fuencaliente, on the south coast of La Palma, Spain.

9A freediver kneels to inspect the gravestonesCredit: Caters News Agency 9An aerial shot of the cemetery Credit: Caters News Agency 9Freediver Wojciech Dopierala captured the shotsCredit: Caters News Agency 9The crosses were dropped into the sea 20 years agoCredit: Caters News Agency

Forty giant stone crosses represent each of the missionaries killed in 1570 when French pirates took control of their ship and threw them overboard.

The crosses were dropped into the sea 20 years ago to create the memorial but many tourists swimming in the area are still completely unaware of what lies below.

Freediver, Wojciech Dopierala, recently visited the underwater necropolis to capture these spooky snaps.

The 31-year-old from Gran Canaria said: "The place is very unique. It's a dive which isn't only about the marine life or underwater landscapes.

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"It's about history. If we can go walking into a museum to learn something, why not dive into one as well?

"My favourite photo is the freediver kneeling at the bottom of the sea in front of the crosses," Wojciech said.

"You can almost see the sadness and grief on the diver's face, with her arms hanging helplessly by her side.

"Not praying, just sad and helpless in front of the tragedy."

9A pair of freedivers pictured visiting the siteCredit: Caters News Agency 9The cemetery was built in tribute to monksCredit: Caters News Agency 9The crosses represent each of the missionaries who were thrown overboard by French pirates in 1570Credit: Caters News Agency 9Many tourists are unaware that the gravesite exists Credit: Caters News Agency 9Wojciech described the site as very unique Credit: Caters News Agency

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