NASA and Earth Observatory of Singapore in an image release revealed the extent of damage the massive Beirut explosion has caused after analyzing satellite data.
Last Tuesday, two mega explosions rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut that went on to wreak extensive damage in the city, sending violent shock waves and killing at least 78 people.
The blast was caused by an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that was illegally stored in a building in Beirut port.
Ammonium nitrate – often used to make explosives and pesticides in a highly inflammable substance. After the first blast, the second explosion was so huge shock waves swept more than two hundred miles away from the zone in Cyprus, a neighbouring island where people felt the outburst.
In the recent NASA venture, the space agency partnered with Singapore’s Earth Observatory (EO) to map the extent of damage the blast had caused.
While it is clear the immediate vicinity of the blast-epicentre was shattered to pieces, the NASA image shows just how extensively the explosion cast its effect way further than the adjacent region.
Using NASA’s proprietary Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA), the two space agencies used ‘satellite-derived synthetic aperture radar data’ to map the damage, depicted in the image release below.
“On the map, dark red pixels – like those present at and around the Port of Beirut – represent the most severe damage. Areas in orange are moderately damaged and areas in yellow are likely to have sustained somewhat less damage. Each coloured pixel represents an area of 30 meters (33 yards),” NASA explains in a release.
As per media reports, the explosion sent off a mini earthquake of 3.X magnitude in the city. Many people reported a moderate tremble in the aftermath. The energy released from the explosion shattered the windows and knocked down doors.
At least 150 people lost their life with billions of dollars of property turned into a rubble.