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Beirut explosion: NASA maps 'devastating result' of Beirut blast in satellite images

Professor Tyas said: “There are simple rules of thumb relating the maximum expansion of the fireball to the size of the original explosive charge, and from some very approximate measurements from online video footage, we think the explosion is equivalent to something of the order of 1,000 to 1,500 tonnes of TNT.

“We have also analysed video footage of the time delay between the detonation and the arrival of the shock wave at points several hundred metres from the explosion and these broadly agree with this size of charge.

“If correct, that would mean this explosion had perhaps 10 per cent of the intensity of the Hiroshima bomb

“Whatever the precise charge size, this is unquestionably one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history – far bigger than any conventional weapon.”

Source Daily Express :: Science Feed

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