Two years after the Beirut disaster |
A statue erupts like lava
Beirut – It has been two years since the Beirut disaster. Now it’s back on.
In a pit in the harbor, fermentation processes and summer heat had already ignited the grains four weeks earlier. However, the firemen could not get close for fear of collapsing the silos. Now it looks like lava is pouring out of the ruins.
For Beirut residents, the craters are a symbol of hope: Experts suspect they may have absorbed some of the force of the 2020 eruption, preventing even greater damage.
Grain silos were badly damaged on August 4, 2020 when 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded. For years, the highly explosive material was stored at the port without security measures.
The disaster killed 218 people, injured more than 6000, and left 300,000 residents homeless. The tremors of the explosion were felt across the country – even in Cyprus, 200 kilometers away.
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