There was horrific loss of life at the explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020. It was detected by the United States Geological Survey as a seismic event of magnitude 3.3, and is considered one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history.
As a former wildland fire investigator I am fascinated by the forensic analysis of the event. The explanatory video (below) was posted by Forensic Architecture. The knowledge and skill that was the foundation of this analysis and simulation is astounding.
Their investigation found that the contents of the warehouse where the incident occurred included:
- 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate
- 23 tons of fireworks
- 5 rolls of slow-burning detonation cord, and
- 1,000 vehicle tires
Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Jim.