A tragedy struck the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday, with a huge explosion producing mushroom clouds shattering the port city,media CNET reported. New satellite images from Planet Labs and Maxar show the extent of the damage. The blast, which killed at least 100 people and injured thousands, flattened buildings and was heard as far away as Cyprus. Survivors have shared videos online showing the damage on the ground.
Satellite image companies Planet Labs and Maxar Technologies posted a front and rear view of The Port area of Beirut on Twitter on Wednesday.
Planet Labs shared images of SkySat on May 31 and August 5. The difference is obvious, with large areas of the port destroyed or completely disappeared.
The large explosion appears to have caused the major explosion in the warehouse’s long inventory of ammonium nitrate. The authorities are currently investigating to understand the full sequence of events that led to the disaster.
Maxar released a GIF featuring the situation before and after the port. It shows the power of the explosion to the fullest.
Later, Maxar shared a series of more detailed satellite images of the port and surrounding areas. “Look at the big pits, the overturned Queen of the East, and the destroyed, broken glass buildings,” the company wrote.
Beirut now faces a fierce challenge after the bombing, as overwhelmed hospitals are caring for the wounded. Hundreds of thousands of people may have lost their homes.
Satellite imagery is just one way to understand the severity of the disaster. “Beirut is a city that has been destroyed,” reports CBS News correspondent Sami Aouad.