Lebanon's main port destroyed completely in Beirut explosion

In addition to the more than 100 lives lost and thousands of people injured, the violent explosion in Beirut has destroyed most of the port, which will have devastating effects on the country's imports for a long time to come. Aerial photos document the destruction.

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The massive explosion in Beirut Tuesday has so far claimed the lives of more than 100 people and injured at least 4,000, according to news agencies. But in addition to this, the port, its installations and warehouses have all largely been destroyed.

According to maritime security firm Dryad, eyewitnesses confirm that the port has suffered "significant structural damage" as a result of the explosion. Initially, the blast is believed to have occurred because of welding work taking place close to the large ammonium nitrate storage. The explosion was so powerful that a large 'shockwave' was observed, causing damage to buildings and vessels in a five kilometer radius. The damage includes four vessels currently berthed at the port.

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