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Beirut blast damage was mapped by NASA using satellite data



NASA used satellite data to map the devastation caused by the deadly explosion that rocked Beirut last week.



Smoke close-up: Raw video captures moments after a huge explosion.


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Raw video captures moments after a big explosion.

Modified data from the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel satellite was used to create the map.

The data was analyzed by NASA Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team members at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech. Singapore’s Earth Observatory is also involved in the project.


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“Maps like these can help identify severely damaged areas that people may need assistance,” NASA said.

On the map, most severely damaged areas are shown in red, and moderately damaged areas are orange. Each color pixel represents an area of ​​33 yards, according to NASA.

The August 4 explosion at the Port of Beirut created a shock wave that killed at least 160 people, injured nearly 6,000 people and destroyed the capital’s coastline – destroying hundreds of buildings.

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The explosion involved a 2,750-ton ammonium nitrate stockpile kept in a hangar in the Port of Beirut since it was confiscated from a ship in 2013. The cargo is believed to have exploded. after a fire broke out nearby.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Video: Satellite images showing the range of the Beirut explosion (Reuters)


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