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Space: Before-and-after Russian satellite images highlight scale of destruction in Beirut *STILLS*00:08

Space: Before-and-after Russian satellite images highlight scale of destruction in Beirut *STILLS*

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August 5, 2020 at 17:33 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russia’s Roscosmos space agency on Wednesday published before-and-after satellite images of the port of Beirut and the surrounding area that indicate the extent of the damage caused by the massive explosions which rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday.

The first image taken by Russian satellite "Kanopus-B" on November 4, 2019, shows large warehouses standing on the waterfront of Beirut. The second image is dated to August 5, 2020 and shows that barely any of the buildings remain, indicating the extent of the structural damage caused by the blasts.

The explosions which rocked Beirut's port resulted from the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate; a highly explosive chemical material which reportedly had been stored at a port warehouse without safety measures for years, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

The results of the investigations are expected to be announced during the next 15 days. The latest numbers issued by the Lebanese Red Cross estimate that more than 100 people were killed, and nearly 4,000 others wounded in the explosions. Both numbers are likely to rise.

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Russia’s Roscosmos space agency on Wednesday published before-and-after satellite images of the port of Beirut and the surrounding area that indicate the extent of the damage caused by the massive explosions which rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday.

The first image taken by Russian satellite "Kanopus-B" on November 4, 2019, shows large warehouses standing on the waterfront of Beirut. The second image is dated to August 5, 2020 and shows that barely any of the buildings remain, indicating the extent of the structural damage caused by the blasts.

The explosions which rocked Beirut's port resulted from the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate; a highly explosive chemical material which reportedly had been stored at a port warehouse without safety measures for years, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

The results of the investigations are expected to be announced during the next 15 days. The latest numbers issued by the Lebanese Red Cross estimate that more than 100 people were killed, and nearly 4,000 others wounded in the explosions. Both numbers are likely to rise.

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