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    At 11:45 on the morning of September 16, 1920, it was a glorious time to be on Wall Street. The stock market ascended, the sun shined and elaborate business lunches beckoned. But at 12:01 p.m., everything changed in a flash as an explosion rocked the Financial District. Parked in front of 23 Wall St., headquarters of the J.P. Morgan & Company bank, a horse-drawn cart was loaded with 100 pounds of explosives. The incendiary materials set off a blast so powerful that City Hall windows shattered. Flames enveloped sidewalks, a messenger boy reported “being lifted off the ground” and overturned Model Ts littered the asphalt. For anyone within proximity of the banking dynasty’s stronghold, it must have seemed as if...
    At 11:45 on the morning of September 16, 1920, it was a glorious time to be on Wall Street. The stock market ascended, the sun shined and elaborate business lunches beckoned. But at 12:01 p.m., everything changed in a flash as an explosion rocked the Financial District. Parked in front of 23 Wall St., headquarters of the J.P. Morgan & Company bank, a horse-drawn cart was loaded with 100 pounds of explosives. The incendiary materials set off a blast so powerful that City Hall windows shattered. Flames enveloped sidewalks, a messenger boy reported “being lifted off the ground” and overturned Model Ts littered the asphalt. For anyone within proximity of the banking dynasty’s stronghold, it must have seemed as if...
    Beirut faced fresh misery today as a third fire broke out in the space of a week in a city still reeling from the catastrophic port explosion which killed nearly 200 people last month.  Black clouds of smoke were pouring from the futuristic Zaha Hadid-designed shopping centre today on the main road that passes by the port in central Beirut.  The cause of the fire is not clear, but firefighters doused the bright red flames with water hoses fired from a crane into the smouldering facade of the building.  Three fires in the last week have brought fresh anguish to a city still in shock from the August 4 blast that devastated Beirut and unleashed a wave of outrage at...
    California, in the middle of a 20-year drought, is battling more than two dozen wildfires, including three of its five largest ever. Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency, reported Thursday that firefighters were battling 28 major fires across the state and more than 3.1 million acres have burned this year. The sky on much of the West Coast has been painted an eerie burnt orange, and flames have left entire towns in dust. Democrats lay blame on climate change. “Mother earth is angry, she is telling us. Whether she’s telling us with hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, fires in the West, whatever it is, the climate crisis is real,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week on MSNBC. “If anyone...
    BEIRUT – A major fire in the port of Beirut on Thursday sparked panic among residents of the Lebanese capital, still traumatized by last month’s powerful explosion that left nearly 200 dead and thousands injured. It was not immediately clear what was the cause of the new fire in the port, devastated a month ago by the detonation of almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate, which generated a shock wave that shattered walls, doors and windows from miles away. At noon a column of black smoke rose over the harbor, flares from the ground. The army said the fire broke out in a warehouse in the duty-free zone where tires and oil are stored. The...
    BEIRUT – A major fire in the Beirut port on Thursday sparked panic among residents of the Lebanese capital, still traumatized by last month’s powerful explosion that left nearly 200 dead and thousands injured. It was not immediately clear what was the cause of the new fire in the port, devastated a month ago by the detonation of almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate, which generated a shock wave that shattered walls, doors and windows from miles away. At noon a column of black smoke rose over the harbor, flaming from the ground. The army said the fire broke out in a warehouse in the duty-free zone where tires and oil are stored. The fight...
    KABUL – Ten people were killed and more than a dozen injured in the Afghan capital on Wednesday in a bomb blast in an attack on the country’s first vice president, the Interior Ministry said. Several of the injured were the president’s bodyguards. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Taliban were quick to deny being behind the incident. The country’s first vice president, Amrullah Saleh, suffered minor burns. Saleh, who is also the former head of Afghan intelligence, said in his first television appearance just after the attack that he was fine and suffered only slight burns. In the images he was wearing a bandage on one hand. “I and my...
    A general view taken on August 25, 2014 shows a crater on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia. VASILY BOGOYAVLENSKY/AFP via Getty Images A colossal, 164-feet deep crater which has suddenly opened up on Siberia's Arctic tundra could be the result of a climate change-induced explosion, scientists say. The giant crater was discovered by a Russian television crew earlier this summer who were flying over the Yamal peninsula in Siberia on an unrelated assignment. A team of scientists, who have been studying these types of craters for years, say it could be the result of a huge explosion that was caused by the build of methane underneath the ground. The explosions can occur when methane builds up in underground pockets,...
    A team of Chilean rescuers picked up an apparently human heartbeat; it could be two children Injured outside a hospital in Beirut Photo: IBRAHIM AMRO / . / . One or two possible survivors could still be buried under the rubble caused by the brutal explosion in the port of Beirut a month ago. Local media reported yesterday that the sensors of the Chilean search and rescue team they had again detected a heartbeat under the debris of the explosion that destroyed much of the center of the Lebanese capital. The search continues in the Mar Mikhaël neighborhood of the Lebanese capital, with the rescue team called “Los Topos Chile”. There were...
    Firefighters evacuate a wounded man from the scene of an explosion at the port in Beirut on August 4, 2020. ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images A rescue team is searching for potential survivors in the rubble of destroyed buildings, a month after an explosion went off in Beirut, The New York Times reported.  A Chilean rescue team detected a human pulse under the rubble.  No one was found as of Friday, but searchers said they would attempt again on Saturday.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Chilean rescue team detected a slow pulse underneath rubble in Beirut a month after a devasting explosion killed as almost 200 people and injured thousands, The New York Times reported. ...
    Beirut, Aug 30 . .- Almost a month after the explosion that hit Beirut, Jad Hardini’s life is still shattered. He has hardly any visible wounds, like the ones his father shows, but as for thousands of Beirutis, the mental ones will stay forever because they will never be able to forget what happened on August 4. “This has been very tragic, we will never be able to forget it,” Jad, 33, told EFE at his house, which was destroyed in the Karantina neighborhood, one of the most devastated in the city and which overlooks the port where the explosion of unknown origin happened. “Trauma doesn’t hit right away, it takes time. After two, three weeks,...
    A woman was thrown off her motorboat into the sea after the boat exploded while the family were filling it up with fuel.  One of the surveillance cameras in the port of Ponza, in Italy, captured the sudden blast's shockwaves that sent the woman flying into the water.   Neither the gas station attendant nor any of the family members were harmed by the dramatic explosion.  A woman was blown off her boat when it exploded while she was filling it up with fuel in the port of Ponza, in Italy The video starts by showing the gas station attendant and the woman refuelling the motorboat in the beautiful port.     Without warning part of the motorboat explodes and the woman flies...
    In just a few seconds, Ahmed’s life took a brutal turn when he lost his wife and two of his daughters, buried under the rubble of his house, in the August 4 explosion in Beirut, where he brought his family from Syria to save her from fighting. “I have the feeling of having lost my mind. I closed my eyes and when I opened them, everything around me had metamorphosed,” this heartbroken father tells ., standing in front of the ruins of his house, in the neighborhood from the Quarantaine, very close to the port in the Lebanese capital. “I lost everything in an instant. We were a family of six. Now we are a small family, my two daughters...
    MANILA, Philippines – Suspected Islamic extremists detonated two bombs Monday in a southern Philippine town, killing at least 12 soldiers and civilians despite strict security measures due to threats from the Abu Sayyaf group. At least seven soldiers and three civilians were killed in the first attack, when a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded at noon near two Army trucks parked in front of a grocery store and a computer store in Jolo town in Sulu province, said Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, regional military commander. “It was an improvised explosive device carried in a vehicle that exploded while our soldiers were shopping,” he told reporters. A second explosion nearby, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, occurred about an...
    MANILA, Philippines – Suspected Islamic extremists detonated two bombs Monday in a southern Philippine town, killing at least 12 soldiers and civilians despite strict security measures due to threats from the Abu Sayyaf group. At least seven soldiers and three civilians were killed in the first attack, when a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded at noon near two Army trucks parked in front of a grocery store and a computer store in Jolo town in Sulu province, said Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, regional military commander. “It was an improvised explosive device carried in a vehicle that exploded while our soldiers were shopping,” he told reporters. A second explosion nearby, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, occurred about an...
    MANILA, Philippines – Suspected Islamic extremists detonated two bombs Monday in a southern Philippine town, killing at least 12 soldiers and civilians despite strict security measures due to threats from the Abu Sayyaf group. At least seven soldiers and three civilians were killed in the first attack, when a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded at noon near two Army trucks parked in front of a grocery store and a computer store in Jolo town in Sulu province, said Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, regional military commander. “It was an improvised explosive device carried in a vehicle that exploded while our soldiers were shopping,” he told reporters. A second explosion nearby, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, occurred about an...
    (CNN)"This time, it's different," my Lebanese friend said.He was talking about the devastating explosion that ripped through Beirut a week earlier, when a staggering 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate detonated. The blast left at least 180 people dead and 300,000 displaced. For many around the world, it brought Lebanon's strife into sharp focus for the first time in years. The horrific explosion, it soon became clear, was caused by gross negligence. The stockpile of explosives had been sitting in the port for years with no proper safeguards, despite multiple warnings of the dangers. Clarissa WardMy friend's advertising and branding business, which he had lovingly built up from scratch, was smashed to pieces. In recent years, the company had just managed...
    A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. STR/AFP via Getty Images Officials in Lebanon estimated it would cost $15 billion to fix the damage from the Beirut explosion on August 4, The Washington Post reported.  At least 25,000 homes have been damaged to the point they're not inhabitable.  The explosion killed more than 180 people and wounded over 6,000 people. The damage from the explosion comes as Lebanon is reeling from a terrible economic crisis that has significantly devalued its currency.  The country is also under a two-week lockdown after coronavirus cases surged.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. While the...
    SEVERAL people were still missing and at least six had been injured hours after a vessel in the water hit Texas' Corpus Christi natural gas pipeline, setting off a massive explosion. The owner of the vessel said multiple employees were working at the site when the blast happened, local media reported. 4Emergency crews respond to a pipeline explosion in Corpus Christi in TexasCredit: AP:Associated Press The explosion happened around 8 am on Friday near Nueces Bay at the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas – about 150 miles south of San Antonio. Corpus Christi Police Department Deputy Chief Billy Breedlove said in a news release that a pipeline exploded after a vessel in the water hit it.  The fire engulfed...
    While doctors across the country continue to treat patients affected by the coronavirus, they are also fighting another issue. Misinformation. Doctors are struggling with a seemingly endless barrage of misinformation circulating on social media and online about the coronavirus. Doctors in Europe and the United States blame President Trump, who touts ineffective treatments, and social media companies for failing to reduce the scourge of misinformation rampant on platforms. Over 800 people have died from consuming a solution made up of concentrated alcohol, a mixture that was published online. Online rumors abound, from the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine to masks harming oxygen levels. Doctors are doing their best, to tell the truth, but many patients have already followed the advice online,...
    A quiet debate has erupted inside the United States bureaucracy in the aftermath of the August 4 explosion at the Beirut Port that reportedly killed more than 200, injured at least 6,000, and left many more homeless. Nearly everyone in the U.S. government wants to help this tiny and embattled country on the Mediterranean Sea. But exactly how to help is where opinions diverge. Lebanon’s latest crisis, resulting from the bizarre detonation of a reported 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate that sat unclaimed and uncontrolled for six years in a warehouse at the Beirut Port, is actually just one of several compounding crises that must be defused. First, Lebanon is now descending into a deep and disastrous financial crisis....
    Ongoing ‘anti-police” protests in Seattle descended into a riot yet again on Sunday as demonstrators set off a “large explosion” near a police car, sending at least one Seattle police officer to the hospital with injuries. “The protest began in the Seattle neighborhood of SoDo around 7 p.m., with an estimated 100 people marching on foot with cars following behind them, according to a Monday morning press release by the Seattle Police Department,” Fox News reported Monday. “They made their way to the building that houses the Seattle Police Officer Guild and, within hours, the demonstration turned violent.” Although the protests in Seattle have been routinely destructive, Sunday’s saw the use of a large incendiary device, apparently designed to injure police officers...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff CHEAT LAKE, W. Va. (KDKA) – Several people were transported to the hospital after a boat exploded in Cheat Lake on Saturday night. It is not known at this time what led to the explosion or how many people were injured. Several rescue boats and emergency crews were sent to the scene. Stay With KDKA.com For More Details
    NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are investigating the cause of a boat explosion that forced six people to jump to safety into Norwalk Harbor. Multiple people called 911 to report the explosion at about 6 p.m. Thursday. All six people aboard were rescued, including two who were brought to a hospital but were expected to recover, Norwalk police said. The operator of the 33-foot Egg Harbor yacht told authorities that engine trouble developed as they were leaving the harbor, and the explosion happened about 100 yards from shore after they had turned around and were heading back toward the dock. The boat became engulfed in flames and everyone aboard jumped off, police said. Firefighters towed it back to shore...
    Since the horrific explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 4, thousands of volunteers have stepped up their efforts to clean up the city and help those injured and displaced by the disaster. The enormous explosion, caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, killed more than 150 people, injured at least 4,000, and displaced around 300,000. Homes and businesses have been wrecked, and hospitals have become overwhelmed by the number of patients. Source: Washington Post In the week since the explosion, Lebanon’s cabinet resigned after public records revealed that the government knew about the dangers of the highly combustible material and failed to dispose of it. Governmental agencies and officials have been noticeably absent from the clean-up efforts. Volunteers...
    The Weeknd has been on a philanthropy bender in recent months, with major donations to coronavirus relief, Black Lives Matter and social justice organizations — and on Wednesday he donated $300,000 to Global Aid for Lebanon to assist victims of the horrific explosion in the country’s capital of Beirut on Aug. 4, which killed more than 200 people and destroyed a central area of the city. The announcement was made on social media by his manager, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby, who with his wife, Rima Fakih, has been mobilizing relief efforts for the country; he also thanked Live Nation for its $50,000 donation. Slaiby and Fakih (a former Miss USA) were both born in Lebanon; he emigrated to The Weeknd’s...
    Members of the rescue team walk at the damaged site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8, 2020. Hannah McKay/Reuters Dozens of children battling cancer in Beruit have lost access to their treatment after hospitals were destroyed in the explosion last week, The New York Times reported.  Doctors are worried they could die without access to treatment or be suspectable to catching and dying from the coronavirus.  The explosion killed more than 135 people and wounded over 5,000 people in the city.  Remaining hospitals are at capacity treating those injured in the blast.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Dozens of children Beruit lost access to cancer treatment following the Beirut explosion, The New...
    Firefighters spray water at a fire after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. R REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir Last week, 2,750 tons of high-density ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut.  A video of a bridal photoshoot interrupted by the explosion went viral.  The bride, 29-year-old Isra Seblani, who is also a doctor tended to the wounded, The Washington Post reported.  "The lab coat is white, my dress is white. The style is different," Seblani said.  More than 150 people were killed and 5,000 more injured from the explosion.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Isra Seblani was posing for her bridal photoshoot when an explosion went off in the Port of Beirut last week. A video...
    THE new Mission: Impossible film was plunged into more chaos by a motorbike blaze on a £2million set. Star Tom Cruise was heading to the quarry “snow scene” as the stuntman’s bike exploded after a leap from a ramp. 8A horror motorcycle accident sent the £2million set up in flamesCredit: Splash News The action sequence is one of the most expensive filmed in the UK and took six weeks to prepare. Tom, 58, who checked out the stunt set-up the day before, is said to be furious. He had been filming with a parachute in a nearby field for his return as Ethan Hunt in the franchise’s seventh instalment. A source said: “This has been a massive challenge to stage...
    Right next to the Rusty Pelican restaurant in Key Biscayne, a 21-foot-long boat exploded in its back when it was carrying four people on board this Monday morning, at this time the authorities continue on the scene investigating what happened. According to official sources, Miami firefighters received a call at 8:50 a.m. stating that a boat had exploded in the northern part of the Rickenbacker Causeway. When rescue units arrived at the scene of the incident, they found that the boat was floating in the water after some kind of explosion occurred in the rear of the boat. The 4 passengers who were inside would have jumped into the water and 3 of them had reached land but...
    Lebanese demonstrators gather to march towards the parliament building following the resignation of Lebanese government, during the fourth day of the demonstration after a fire at a warehouse with explosives at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts on 4th August in Beirut, Lebanon on August 11, 2020. Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Lebanon is struggling to create a new government to replace Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet, who resigned on Monday following the Beirut explosion.  President Michel Aoun has now asked Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his cabinet to stay in office until a new cabinet is formed, The Wall Street Journal reported.  A new government could take months to form. Last week,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As crews continue to dig through rubble, many stories are emerging of neighbors rushing to help before police and fire rescue crews arrived to the Baltimore gas explosion scene in northwest Baltimore on Monday. Council President Brandon Scott said Tuesday morning the city saw “the true spirit of Baltimore.” “Amidst a tragedy like we saw here yesterday, you saw the true spirit of Baltimore. You had Baltimoreans rushing to try to save their neighbors,” he said. He referred, in part, to the heroism from the neighbors at the scene. This is how they describe the rescue, in their own words. “And, all I heard was ‘Boom! And my house shook,” said Antoinetta Parrish.  “It was catastrophic. It was...
    Samantha Schaevitz was in the home stretch of a fellowship at Huridocs, a human rights nonprofit, when she got the call. Schaevitz works on site reliability engineering at Google; they’re the ones who keep steady the ship when things get choppy. And by February of this year, as large portions of Asia shut down in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Google Meet found itself taking on water. They needed Schaevitz back at work. Google launched Meet in 2017, as an enterprise-focused alternative to its Hangouts chat service. (Google has been steadily phasing out Hangouts and pushing users to Meet and Chat, part of its forever-muddled messaging platform strategy.) As the coronavirus spread and more countries...
    Rescuers have pulled a second body from the rubble of the Baltimore gas explosion where one woman was killed and another seven were hospitalized.   The body of an adult male was recovered from the site of the deadly blast just before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, taking the number of fatalities up to two.  One woman was found dead and seven seriously injured in the hours after the gas explosion that rocked the neighborhood at Labyrinth and Reisterstown Road Monday morning. The shock blast ripped through and completely flattened three row homes, sparking a massive rescue operation that involved drafting in more than 200 emergency personnel in a desperate search for survivors.  Rescuers have pulled a second body from the rubble...
    By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The shattered city of Beirut on Tuesday marked a week since the catastrophic explosion that killed at least 171 people, injured thousands and plunged Lebanon into a deeper political crisis. Thousands of people marched near the devastated port, remembering those who died in the worst single blast to hit the country. They observed a minute of silence at 6:08 p.m. local time, the moment on Aug. 4 that thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the city's port where it had been stored for more than six years, apparently with the knowledge of top political and security officials. At that moment Tuesday, church bells tolled and mosque loudspeakers recited a call...
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    The solution to the country’s political crisis is not easy given the complex structure of power distribution in that country. “The mechanisms of corruption are bigger than the State.” With this bitter criticism, the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Hassan Diab, announced the resignation of his entire cabinet in the face of the massive demonstrations of discontent in that country after the mega-explosion that last week shook and destroyed much of Beirut. The event, which occurred on August 4 in the port of the country’s capital, caused at least 160 dead, about 6,000 injured and left much of the city in rubble. Diab had formed a government in December 2019 in response to a wave of protests that began last...
    Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)I was meeting my friends at a sidewalk café in the Hamra district for a coffee when the earth shook under our feet. Someone yelled, "Earthquake!" But my friend, who'd lived through the 15-year Lebanese civil war from 1975 to 1990, screamed, "It's an explosion!"Before I could even reply or acknowledge what had happened, there was a second explosion, even bigger than the first. As buildings crumbled and glass rained down upon us, I was paralyzed by fear. Rima MajedWhen the dust began to settle, all I could see was devastation -- bloodied people, a café turned to ash, rubble where an entire street once stood. The sirens that followed were deafening.Lebanon has been plagued by political corruption...
    THE LEBANESE government has resigned and Prime Minister Hassan Diab has stepped down as a result of the deadly August 4 blast in Beirut. Prime Minister Diab made the announcement in a televised address on Monday evening. 11Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan DiabCredit: Reuters Here's more on the statement and the shocking blast. What happened in Beirut? Thousands were injured and many died in a fireball chemical warehouse explosion in Beirut which flattened buildings, ripped people's clothes from their bodies, and damaged properties up to six miles away. The explosion killed 135 people and injured 5,000 others. 11The Beirut blast killed over 100 people and injured thousands moreCredit: AFP or licensors The blast - which has caused up to $5.2billion worth...
    Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned along with the rest of his cabinet on Monday amid pressure from Lebanese protesters outraged over last week’s explosion in Beirut that killed dozens of people. “I set out to combat corruption, but I discovered that corruption is bigger than the state,” Diab said in a televised announcement, according to The Wall Street Journal. “I declare today the resignation of this government. God bless Lebanon.” Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut was rocked on Tuesday by an explosion that killed over 150 people and left thousands more injured. The blast scarred and warped buildings around Lebanon’s main port, affecting thousands of homes and businesses. The blast threw shards of glass roughly two miles from the...
    Firefighters spray water at a fire after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. R REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir Lebanon's health minister, Hamad Hassan, told reporters on Monday that the "whole government" had resigned over the explosion in Beirut last week. The country has 20 Cabinet ministers, and Hassan said Prime Minister Hassan Diab would officially hand over the ministers' resignations to the presidential palace. The August 4 explosion in Beirut killed at least 160 people and injured 6,000 others. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Members of Lebanon's Cabinet have resigned over last week's explosion in Beirut, the country's health ministry told reporters on Monday. Lebanon's health minister, Hamad Hassan, told reporters that the "whole...
    Lebanon's prime minister and his cabinet are set to resign in the wake of the devastating Beirut explosion, reports in the country claim.   Hezbollah-backed leader Hassan Diab will address the nation tonight and one of his own ministers told MTV News that Diab is expected to quit.   The government is under mounting pressure to step down amid public outrage over the blast, with the justice minister already out and the finance minister set to quit.   Last Tuesday's detonation of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed at least 163 people, injured over 6,000 and destroyed swathes of the bustling Mediterranean capital, compounding months of political and economic meltdown. A man stands on rubble at the site of last Tuesday's...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese health minister says the Cabinet has resigned over Beirut’s deadly explosion last week. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Perched on top of her father's shoulders as she waves her country's flag, little Alexandra Naggear beams happily. But yesterday the three-year-old was revealed as the latest victim of the horrific blast that shattered Beirut, dying from her injuries in hospital three days later. When a fire started at the city's port last Tuesday, Alexandra rushed to the window of her high-rise flat to watch the blaze with her parents. Minutes later the first explosion hit – and her mother Tracy, 33, picked her up, running away from the glass screaming, trying to shield her. But when the second major blast struck a few seconds later, the impact of the explosion ripped Alexandra out of her mother's arms. Proud:...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 2:55 p.m. A team of German engineers sent to Lebanon to help search for people trapped in the rubble after last week’s explosion in Beirut is returning home, having failed to find any survivors. Joerg Eger, who heads the THW agency’s rapid rescue team in Lebanon, said Sunday that a number of specialist engineers would remain in Beirut until Thursday to assist in determining the safety of buildings affected by the blast. TWF is a federal agency, but most of the people who go on missions are volunteers. ___ 2:35 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron said that an international donors’ conference is aiming to show global support...
    Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron will bring together world leaders via video on Sunday to pledge aid to help Lebanon rebuild after the devastating explosion that ripped through its capital, Beirut, five days ago.US President Donald Trump is expected to join representatives from Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Nations, the European Council and others for the donors' conference, according to the Elysee Palace.Lebanon has always deserved better from its leaders. The port blast lays that bareLebanon was already in dire economic straits before Tuesday's blast wiped out Beirut's port area and damaged buildings across the city. At least 158 people were killed and dozens more remain missing. More than 6,000 people were injured. As the country's...
    Members of the rescue team walk at the damaged site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8, 2020. Hannah McKay/Reuters The United States has pledged over $17 million in initial disaster aid for Lebanon following the massive explosion at a Beirut port on Tuesday. The explosion left more than 150 dead, thousands injured, and leveled a large portion of the city.  President Donald Trump raised eyebrows hours after the explosion when he said it was an "attack," but his administration has since walked back that comment. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The United States has pledged over $17 million in initial disaster aid for Lebanon, following Tuesday's Beirut port explosion, the US embassy...
    French president Emmanuel Macron has been accused of trying to reconquer Lebanon rather than help it in the wake of the devastating explosion at its capital which killed 150 people.  It comes as the country is expected to refuse humanitarian aid from Israel because the two neighbours are technically still at war.  Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France's leader comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed that the blast pierced France's own heart.  'France will never let Lebanon go,' Macron said. 'The heart of the French people still beats to the pulse of Beirut.' His critics have denounced his sentiments as a neocolonialist foray seeking to restore sway over a troubled Middle Eastern land.   And critics online have dubbed...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Syria’s state TV says 43 Syrian citizens were killed in this week’s blast in Beirut. The TV quotes the Syrian embassy in Lebanon as saying that the number is not final as search operations for dozens of missing are still ongoing. Lebanon is home to more than a million Syrians many of them refugees who fled civil war in their country. A Lebanese health ministry official said on Saturday that the blast killed 154 people, including 21 bodies who have not been identified. He added that 45 people are still missing. ___ 1:50 p.m. The president of a Christian party in Lebanon says the group’s...
    At 6:09 p.m. on Tuesday, disaster struck Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. As explosions ravaged the city, one woman poignantly captured the moment, freezing it in time.  Lebanese photographer Aya Nehme shared a picture she took on her Instagram this week that features a car, completely destroyed by the explosions. Amid the rubble is a clock, stuck at the time 6:09 — the exact moment the explosion happened.  "It stopped short, never to go again, when Beirut died," Nehme wrote. A clock in Beirut is stuck at 6:09 p.m., the time of a devastating explosion on August 4, 2020. Aya Nehme Nehme told CBS News that she took the photo in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood of Beirut. She said the...
    Radiant in a long white gown and veil, 29-year-old Lebanese bride Israa Seblani stands smiling and posing for her wedding video. The scene is shattered by a deafening roar, and a powerful shockwave nearly blows her off her feet. The dramatic footage captured the moment when a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 135 people and injuring more than 5,000. Seblani, a doctor working in the United States, helped to check on the injured nearby, before fleeing central Beirut's Saifi square to safety. A day later, she and her husband Ahmad Subeih, 34, a businessman in Beirut, were struggling to process what happened. Bride Israa Seblani speaks on video in the same place where she was...
    A Lebanese bride is lucky to be alive after the deadly explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. The bride, 29-year-old Israa Seblani, was taking part in a glamorous wedding photoshoot in a Beirut public square when the shockwave of the massive explosion nearly blew her off her feet. The deadly explosion killed at least 135 people and injured more than 5,000. What happened in the video? In the video, Seblani — a Lebanese physician working in the United States — can be seen smiling for a videographer, turning her head to and fro to show off the beauty of her intricate white gown and veil. The videographer begins to pan down the length...
    “I am getting 100 messages per minute, please be patient as I try to review them all. It may take hours but I swear to you I will post each and every one of them.” Lebanese are struggling to find survivors in the rubble, and Instagram is one of the forums they have turned to amid the chaos with collapsed and saturated hospitals, the threat of Covid-19 and the loss of the home of some 300,000 people. The government is investigating the causes of a 2,750-ton shipment of ammonium nitrate, a common industrial chemical, exploding at the port. “The difference between life and death” The slightest difference about where a person was at the time of the explosion – near...
    Beirut has endured many horrors in its 5,000-year history, but nothing like the massive explosion that ripped through the ancient Mediterranean port city on Tuesday, leaving thousands of casualties, 300,000 homeless, and over $10 billion in damage in its wake. Now the indomitable Lebanese are digging themselves out from the rumble and demanding answers from their political elites. Lebanon’s capital city confronted a scene of utter devastation Wednesday, with smoke still rising from the port. The blast tore out a crater 200 yards across that filled with seawater, as if the Mediterranean had taken a bite out of the port and swallowed buildings with it. An aerial view of ruined structures at the port of Beirut, damaged by an explosion...
    Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said caused the devastating Beirut explosions, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer and has caused numerous industrial blasts over the decades. These notably include one at a Texas fertilizer plant in 2013 that killed 15 and was ruled deliberate, a North Korean railway blast that left 161 dead in 2004, and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. When combined with fuel oils, ammonium nitrate creates a potent explosive widely used in the construction industry, but also by insurgent groups such as the Taliban for improvised explosives. Two tons of it were used to create the bomb in the 1995 Oklahoma City attack that destroyed a federal building, leaving 168 people dead. Get...
    TikTok : Five responses on the arrest warrant against Uribe. One study says that exploding stars created the calcium in our bones and teeth. This is what you need to know to start the day. The truth first. The Beirut explosion created a 124-meter-wide crater The diameter of the crater created by Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut appears to be about 124 meters, according to a . analysis of a satellite image from Planet Labs, Inc. Look at satellite images showing before and after the explosion. Nurse removed three newborns from hospital shaken by Beirut explosion Debate over face masks is similar to seatbelts from decades ago Buckling up is natural for most Americans. However, it took them more...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 11 a.m. A French presidential official says French President Emmanuel Macron is arriving in Beirut following Tuesday's deadly port explosion and will be greeted by Lebanese President Michel Aoun. The official says Macron will go directly to the port and meet Lebanese and French teams in the disaster area. The official spoke anonymously in accordance with the presidency’s practices. Later in the day, Macron will head to the presidential palace for meetings with top officials. He will also meet with members of different political factions and civil society. The French official says Macron’s trip is meant to show that Lebanon is not alone and to give the...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 11 a.m. A French presidential official says French President Emmanuel Macron is arriving in Beirut following Tuesday’s deadly port explosion and will be greeted by Lebanese President Michel Aoun. The official says Macron will go directly to the port and meet Lebanese and French teams in the disaster area. The official spoke anonymously in accordance with the presidency’s practices. Later in the day, Macron will head to the presidential palace for meetings with top officials. He will also meet with members of different political factions and civil society. The French official says Macron’s trip is meant to show that Lebanon is not alone and to give...
    A MASSIVE explosion in Lebanon's capital city Beirut has killed at least 100 people and injured nearly 4,000 others. The enormous blast could be heard some 125 miles away in Cyprus after it erupted in the port area of Beirut. But what exactly happened in Lebanon on Tuesday, August 4, after months of economic chaos? ⚠️ Read our Beirut live blog for the latest news & updates 10 People stand near damaged cars following an explosion in BeirutCredit: Reuters What happened in Lebanon? The death toll in Beirut has risen to 100 after a huge explosion ripped through a port area. Lebanese health minister Hamad Hasan said "I have never in my life seen a disaster this big," as 250,000 people were...
    Mexican actress Salma Hayek recalled her Lebanese origins and was greatly affected by the explosion in Beirut Salma Hayek. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / . The spectacular actress of Hollywood, Salma Hayek, has always been very moved by the great wretches of the world and this was no exception. However, the recent explosion in Beirut, LebanonIt touched him more closely because his grandfather was a Lebanese refugee. Let us remember that in fact many lost their lives and hundreds are injured when an explosives warehouse exploded, causing damage to almost half of the city. Today two explosions devastated the capital of the already wounded Lebanon. My broken heart goes out to all the people who have lost...
    A poignant video showing a Lebanese woman playing the piano in the wreckage of her destroyed home has been shared by supermodel Bella Hadid.  A fire at a warehouse sparked a massive explosion that devastated Beirut yesterday, killing at least 135 and destroying homes and buildings.  The horrific scenes led to an outpouring of support for the Middle East nation, with government's around the world pledging aid. Now, a touching video of a woman on the piano in the ruins of her home has been shared by Bella Hadid.  Posting the clip on her Instagram page, the model shared a heartfelt message.   She wrote: 'My eyes and heart are crying for you Lebanon. Over 150 people dead , thousands injured...
    (CNN)The happy couple was supposed to be celebrating their marriage.Dr. Israa Seblani and Ahmad Sbeih were on the streets of Beirut on Tuesday, with Seblani posing for photos in a dramatic, white wedding gown. It was a day like any other in the city's Saifi Village, she said, with people out and about shopping and dining in restaurants.Then all of a sudden, there was a loud noise. Seconds later, an eardrum-shattering blast erupted behind her.That horrifying sound was the massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, leaving at least at least 135 dead and 5,000 injured. Mahmoud Nakib, the couple's wedding photographer, captured the moment it all went down.Beirut will never be the same again"We were filming an outdoor photo session...
    Nicole Karlis August 5, 2020 11:24PM (UTC) The very calcium that makes up our teeth and bones originated from the final moments of dying stars. It's true; we are made of stardust. (Gives a whole new meaning to David Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust!) The late Carl Sagan is known for famously explaining this mind-boggling truth in an episode of "Cosmos." "The lives and deaths of the stars seem impossibly remote from the human experience," Sagan said. "And yet we're related in the most intimate way to their life cycles." : On Wednesday, a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal surfaced new, direct insights into the true nature of the rare events that are thought to produce half of the calcium in...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio The Hunt: Aug. 5, 2020 (J.J. Green) There was a huge explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday that killed more that 100 people and injured thousands. Many are still missing. So, what happened? Was it terrorism? On this week’s edition of “The Hunt” with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Scott Stewart, vice president of Torchstone Global, discussed the mechanics of the explosion and what’s known about the cause.
    At least one American citizen was killed and several others injured when a massive explosions rocked Beirut on Tuesday, the US Embassy in the Lebanese capital has said. In a Wednesday statement, the embassy said it’s still working closely with local authorities to determine if any additional US citizens died or were hurt in the blast. ‘We offer our sincerest condolences to their loved ones and are working to provide the affected U.S. citizens and their families all possible consular assistance,’ the statement read. The death toll in Beirut continued to rise Wednesday as at least 135 people have now been confirmed to have died in the blast, with more than 5,000 others injured. Scroll down for video  A...
    The fireball was like no other I’ve ever seen or felt before, and I have seen my fair share. At its centre, a huge, intense red ball of flame that spewed smoke, ash and debris high into Beirut’s late afternoon sky, like an angry volcano. In a millisecond, a seismic eruption tore through the city, wreaking death and destruction. The explosion was so vast it was heard across the Mediterranean in Cyprus, 160 miles away, like a small non-nuclear version of Little Boy, the atomic device dropped on Hiroshima almost 75 years ago to the day. And like a nuke, Lebanon’s fireball was shaped into a mushroom, before the terrifying aftershock split from the epicentre to engulf a million people....
    (CNN)Chaos would be an understatement to describe the scene at May Abboud Melki's house in Beirut on Wednesday evening. Furniture was strewn about, the walls punctured with holes, glass and debris all over the floor. But for a few minutes, the world pause and things seemed peaceful as the 79 year old played "Auld Lang Syne" on the only item seemingly left unscathed -- her beloved piano. Thankfully, the grandmother wasn't home during Tuesday's massive explosion in Beirut that killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000. Her husband was also not home, but his store was completely destroyed, according to their granddaughter May-Lee Melki. Neither were injured in the blast.When they returned on Wednesday, however, they were devastated to...
    (CNN)Israel considers Lebanon an enemy state, but today, Tel Aviv stood in solidarity with its northern neighbor.The city's municipality building was lit up with an image of the Lebanese flag on Wednesday evening as a show of support for Beirut, which was heavily damaged by Tuesday's blast."Humanity comes before any conflict, and our hearts are with the Lebanese people following this terrible disaster," Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement.It has become a tradition in Tel Aviv to use the large frontage of the building to demonstrate solidarity with a city or a country that has suffered misfortune, whether man-made or otherwise.How to help Beirut explosion victims The show of support followed the massive explosion that rocked the...
    Rare stellar explosions produced half the calcium in the universe, including what is in our teeth and bones, according to a new study. The unique bursts, called 'calcium-rich supernovae,' remained elusive among the scientific world, but a recent examination provided the first glimpse into its last month of life and detonation. Although calcium comes from stars, calcium-rich supernovae produce massive amounts of the nutrient all living things need to survive in just seconds. Researchers have recently located SN 2019ehk, 55 million light years from Earth, which emitted the most calcium ever observed in a singular astrophysical event.  Scroll down for video    Rare stellar explosions produced half the calcium in the universe, including what is in our teeth and...
    Experts from the University of Sheffield believe Tuesday's explosion in Beirut may have carried about 10% of the strength of an atomic bomb. Through rapid analysis, they have estimated that the blast had the force of 1,000 to 1,500 metric tons of trinitrotoluene or TNT. "Whatever the precise charge size, this is unquestionably one of the largest nonnuclear explosions in history, far bigger than any conventional weapon," professor Andy Tyas, who led the research initiative, said Wednesday. "We have also analyzed video footage of the time delay between the detonation and the arrival of the shock wave at points several hundred meters from the explosion, and these broadly agree with this size of charge," he added. "If correct,...
    Getty A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. The Lebanese capital Beirut was rocked on Tuesday evening local time by an explosion that has killed at least 78 people and injured thousands more. The country’s prime minister Hassan Diab said the blast was caused by around 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored near the city’s cargo port. Video footage appears to show a fire burning nearby before the blast. From a friend in #beirut pic.twitter.com/XAKSmUOau5 — Alia Malek عليا مالك (@AliaMalek) August 4, 2020 Ammonium nitrate has the chemical formula NH₄NO₃. Produced as small porous pellets, or “prills”, it’s one of the world’s most widely used fertilisers. It...
    Before and after satellite images show the level of devastation from the massive blast at a Beirut port that killed at least 135 and left as many as 300,000 homeless on Tuesday. The explosion literally changed the landscape of Lebanon’s capital city, leveling or severely damaging buildings, sinking several ships and toppling others, and wiping out large swaths of Beirut’s waterfront. The photos show a bustling port before the explosion, with cargo ships lined up along docks near several warehouses and buildings, and trucks and cars parked throughout as a throng of people are seen entering the area. All but two of the cargo ships remain in the aftermath of the blast, which turned warehouses into rubble and left an...
    The initial blast of Tuesday’s devastating explosion in Beirut—which has killed at least 100 and injured thousands more—rocked the city’s BBC bureau so severely it knocked a reporter to the floor as she conducted a remote interview. Nearby, women and several children were caught on home security footage watching the explosion from their couch before the blast knocked windows into them.  In another video, a terrified bride posing for photographs ran away amid the chaos—holding up her wedding dress as she abandoned her bouquet in distress.  The videos are among many that captured the horror of the explosion in Beirut’s downtown business district. Lebanese officials say the massive blast was likely the result of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium...
    (CNN)Beirut has long been synonymous with the word explosion. The city was the main flashpoint of Lebanon's 15-year civil war, one of the world's longest. And in the last 15 years alone, it has witnessed a string of assassinations, a days-long civil conflict, a month-long international war, and years of economic and political turmoil.Throughout these decades, the residents of Beirut tried to show the world that they were more than the sum of their crises. That for millions of Lebanese and hundreds of thousands of refugees living there, home boasted vistas of green hills against an azure blue coastal backdrop. That deep communal bonds were built there, and enterprise and art proliferated on the anxiety-ridden streets. That the city was...
    People walk past a childs doll that was blown out of a nearby building after a massive explosion, which occurred a day before, on Aug. 5, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo by Daniel Carde/Getty Images A video of a bride posing on her wedding day captured the moment an explosion ripped through Beirut on Tuesday. In the video, Dr. Israa Seblani is smiling in her wedding gown before a blast throws her backward. The camera captures the buildings in the square before and after they were damaged in the blast. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A video taken of a bride posing in her wedding dress Tuesday captures the moment a devastating explosion tore through the...
    QAnon conspiracy theorists have already come up with an alternative theory about the explosion that rocked Beirut, Lebanon yesterday: It targeted a bank owned by the Rothschild family. Hide Yesterday’s massive explosion occurred at Beirut’s main port. At least 100 were killed, thousands injured. The city is devastated. It has been described as akin to a war zone. Hide The explosion was reportedly caused when a fire reached a warehouse containing 2,750 tons of highly-explosive ammonium nitrate. The ammonium nitrate had been stored there for years, and officials had been repeatedly warned that it could cause a major explosion, Reuters reports. This simple, well-documented explanation for the tragedy apparently isn’t convoluted enough for the QAnon crowd. The QAnon conspiracy theory...
    Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)Photojournalist Bilal Jawich was at home on the outskirts of Beirut when an explosion, which has left at least 100 dead and thousands injured, rocked the Lebanese capital."I followed the smoke until I reached the port of Beirut," he told CNN Arabic, explaining that "professional intuition" took him to Al Roum hospital, in the Ashrafieh district. The area has been left devastated by the blast. What he saw there was remarkable. "I was amazed when I saw the nurse holding three newborns," Jawich said. "I noticed the nurse's calm, which contrasted the surrounding atmosphere just one meter away." Several dead and injured people lay nearby, he said. Read more on this story Live updates: Beirut explosion rocks...
    (CNN)Lebanon's government has blamed a large quantity of poorly stored ammonium nitrate for the huge blast that rocked its capital, Beirut, killing scores of people and devastating swathes of the city. What is this chemical, and why did it explode? Ammonium nitrate is an industrial chemical commonly used around the world as an agricultural fertilizer, and in explosives for mining.It has also been used as a key component in improvised explosives, notably in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, in the 2002 bombings in Bali, Indonesia, and by far-right Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik in his 2011 shooting and bombing attack.In this case, according to Lebanese officials, about 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate had been stockpiled at a Beirut port...
    Millions of people around the world reacted with horror to footage of a massive explosion that killed dozens of people and injured thousands more in Beirut on Tuesday. It is still too early to say what caused the blast, which Lebanese authorities attributed to a fire igniting explosive materials stored in a “dangerous warehouse.” It has been reported that nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate had been impounded in 2014 and left in storage there. An early statement sourced to an unnamed official denied Israeli involvement; Gabi Ashkenazi, Israel’s foreign minister, later claimed that the explosion was most likely an accident. What we do know is that the blast will only exacerbate one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Never...
    A quick-thinking maid was caught on camera protecting a little girl as a massive explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital of Beirut.  The clip showed the unnamed woman watching over the toddler in the family's playroom as she hoovered. But as shockwaves from the blast hit she swiftly scooped the girl off the floor and carried her further inside the house in an attempt to reach safety. It is thought that both were unharmed.  The footage showed a woman tidying up in what appeared to be a playroom as the toddler paced around excitedly. The maid stopped momentarily to peer back into the house and just seconds later they were rocked by a massive blast. The shockwave caused the windows...
    AN ENORMOUS chemical explosion ripped through Lebanon's capital city of Beirut on Tuesday. The mayhem could be heard some 125 miles away in Cyprus after it erupted in the port area of the city, leaving utter devastation in its wake. ⚠️ Read our Beirut live blog for the latest news & updates 18Rescue workers are searching for more than a hundred people who are missing after a huge explosion devastated the port area of the capital Beirut Credit: Universal News & Sport (Europe) 18The damage inflicted on the hard-hit city was monumental as officials fear more people have been killed Credit: EPA It was the most powerful blast ever heard in the city, which has endured civil war, a...
    People walk at scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020.ANWAR AMRO | AFP | Getty Images The destruction wreaked on Lebanon's capital in the Beirut port explosion Tuesday that killed more than 100 people is in the "billions" of dollars, the country's central bank said Wednesday. The bank will approve interest-free loans for five years to individuals and companies who had property destroyed, a central bank official told CNBC's Hadley Gamble. It will also sell dollars to all importers of aluminum, wood or glass at the rate of 3,900 Lebanese pounds per dollar, well below the black market rate.  Beirut's residents are in shock and mourning after the enormous explosion at the city's port ripped through miles of surrounding homes...
    (CNN)The calcium in our bones and teeth likely came from stars exploding in supernovas and scattering this mineral across the universe in massive quantities, according to a new study. We truly are made of star stuff, as famed astronomer Carl Sagan once said. In fact, half of the calcium in the universe likely came from calcium-rich supernovae. But these explosions have turned out to be incredibly rare events that scientists have had difficulty observing and analyzing, so they weren't sure how the calcium was created.Explosions and mergers of stars are also known to create other heavy elements, like gold and platinum. But the calcium has presented more of a mystery. That changed when a global team of almost 70 scientists...
    The cataclysmic explosion which ripped through Beirut on Tuesday is just the latest disaster to strike the city once known as the ‘Paris of the East’ Rescuers searched for survivors today at the port after the blast sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. Bullet holes remain studded into walls around Beirut, a reminder of the brutal and bloody civil war that ended 20 years ago but more recently, Lebanon has been preparing to face a new enemy. Though Lebanon's coronavirus numbers are low in comparison to harder-hit nations - just 5,000 cases and 65 deaths so far - the country's weakened infrastructure is already struggling to treat those...
    Ammonium nitrate - identified as the cause of the deadly explosion in Beirut - is an odourless crystalline substance used as a fertiliser that has been behind many industrial explosions and terrorist attacks over the decades.  Two tonnes of it was used to create the bomb in the 1995 Oklahoma City attack that destroyed a federal building, leaving 168 people dead, and it has been widely used by the Taliban in improvised devices. Experts say a fire in Beirut started after a spark from a welder likely ignited the highly reactive chemical, causing a blast the equivalent to three kilotons of TNT, killing at least 100 people and leaving thousands more injured. There were 2,750 tonnes of the hazardous chemical...
    A series of videos captured the devastation in Beirut as an explosion tore through the Lebanese capital - killing at least 100 people dead and injuring more than 4,000. Footage from across the blast site filmed the apocalyptic scenes yesterday which saw ceilings collapse, families shelter for cover, offices ripped apart and buildings engulfed in flames. It is thought the explosion was triggered by more than 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate - the main ingredient in fertilizer bombs. It had been detonated when a fire, apparently sparked by a nearby welder, spread to the warehouse where it had been stored for six years.   The blast was one of the world's biggest-ever peacetime explosions.
    A HUGE explosion that rocked Lebanon's capital Beirut in August 2020 created a mammoth mushroom cloud that dwarfed the city. We explain what causes a mushroom cloud, and why it's not proof of a nuclear detonation. 5Horrifying video showed a dark mushroom cloud looming over Lebanon's capital cityCredit: Fatt_Dann/Twitter Follow our Beirut explosion news live. What is a mushroom cloud and what causes it? A mushroom cloud is the result of a large explosion. We usually associate mushroom clouds with a nuclear detonation, but they can be caused by many types of explosion or impact. The cloud itself is typically made up of debris, smoke and condensed water vapour. For a mushroom cloud to form, an explosion needs to create...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 09:45 a.m. Prime Minister Hassan Diab, in a short televised speech, has appealed to all countries and friends of Lebanon to extend help to the small nation, saying: “We are witnessing a real catastrophe.” He reiterated his pledge that those responsible for the massive explosion at Beirut’s port will pay the price, without commenting on the cause. Diab's speech came the morning after the blast killed at least 100 people and wounded thousands. Smoke was still rising from the port Wednesday morning. Major downtown streets were littered with debris and damaged vehicles, and building facades were blown out. Lebanese Red Cross official George Kettaneh said at least...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 09:45 a.m. Prime Minister Hassan Diab, in a short televised speech, has appealed to all countries and friends of Lebanon to extend help to the small nation, saying: “We are witnessing a real catastrophe.” He reiterated his pledge that those responsible for the massive explosion at Beirut’s port will pay the price, without commenting on the cause. Diab’s speech came the morning after the blast killed at least 100 people and wounded thousands. Smoke was still rising from the port Wednesday morning. Major downtown streets were littered with debris and damaged vehicles, and building facades were blown out. Lebanese Red Cross official George Kettaneh said...
    The Lebanese authorities opened an investigation into the causes of the strong explosion that shook the port of the capital. What happened? We already know some details The people of Lebanon are trying to recover from the horror caused by a strong explosion in the port of Beirut that left dozens dead and thousands wounded in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday. The Ministry of Health talks about at least 78 fatalities and more than 4,000 woundedFigures that authorities fear will increase given the number of missing people who may be among the rubble of collapsed buildings. The incident also caused serious material damage to the port and surrounding areas. The President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, declared three days of...
    (CNN)A massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday evening, leaving dozens dead and thousands injured.The blast has been linked to a large supply of confiscated and potentially unsecured explosive material, stored in a warehouse at the city's port, close to populated areas. As world leaders and international organizations step in to offer assistance, local officials are also launching an investigation into the blast. As day breaks in Lebanon, authorities are scrambling to treat the wounded, search for survivors, and assess the full extent of the damage. Here's what we know so far.The basics: What, where, whenThe explosion took place at 6:07 p.m. local time near Beirut's port and central district, close to many highly-populated areas and tourist...
    A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. It was not clear what caused the blast, which struck with the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, according to Germany’s geosciences center GFZ, and was heard and felt as far away as Cyprus more than 180 miles across the Mediterranean. Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi told a local TV station that it appeared the blast was caused by the detonation of more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at...
    At one of the entrances to the port of Beirut, a twenty-year-old woman runs screaming her brother’s name. His name is Jad and he has green eyes, she says, dazed. The security forces prohibit him from passing. A few meters away, another desperate woman searches for her brother after the powerful explosions in the port of the Lebanese capital that caused at least 73 deaths and 3,700 injuries, causing unprecedented destruction in the city and traumatizing the inhabitants. For more than three hours the bustle of the ambulances does not stop, with the sirens hooting. They enter the disaster area and leave loaded with victims. At the epicenter of the explosion, the outlook is apocalyptic: the containers look like twisted...
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow went after President Donald Trump in the opening monologue of her primetime show for “spitballing” about an explosion in Beirut Tuesday night that killed over 50 people. “Here’s a thing that should never, ever, ever, ever, ever happen from the White House,” Maddow said. “Not only should this never happen from the White House, it should never happen anywhere anyone is in any position of supposed authority. What happened today shouldn’t happen from a White House podium, but it also shouldn’t happen from a teacher’s desk. It shouldn’t happen from the voice of a cop giving you a parking ticket. It shouldn’t happen from a PA announcement at a supermarket about which car has its lights...
    in the capital of Lebanon, Beirut, was caused by a high concentration of ammonium nitrate, local authorities confirmed. “Data-reactid =” 19 “> The large explosion on Tuesday, August 4 in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, was caused by a large ammonium nitrate concentration, local authorities confirmed. EFE agency, Lebanese Prime Minister Hasan Diab revealed in a meeting with the President of the Republic, & nbsp; Michel Aoun, that & nbsp; a shipment of this 2,750-ton unfettered fertilizer was & nbsp; the cause of the major explosion in the port. ” data-reactid = “20”> According to the EFE agency, the Lebanese Prime Minister Hasan Diab revealed in a meeting with the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, that a shipment of this...
    The world has been stunned by a massive explosion in Beirut that has caused the deaths of at least dozens of people, and thousands more wounded. No cause has been announced, but during his coronavirus press briefing President Donald Trump declared it was a “bomb” and an “attack.” This video is one of many showing the blast. Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port pic.twitter.com/ZjltF0VcTr — Borzou Daragahi ???????? (@borzou) August 4, 2020 “I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel it was” an attack, Trump told reporters. “This was not a, uh, some kind of a manufacturing a explosion of event. This was a, uh, seems to...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll in a Beirut explosion has climbed to more than 60; more than 3,000 injured, Lebanon health minister says. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.