In August, an explosion occurred in the port of Beirut in Lebanon. Scientists at the University of Sheffield in Great Britain, after calculations, recognized it as one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history.
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Experts found that during the explosion, a volume of energy was released, which would be enough to supply more than 100 households with electricity throughout the year. In time, the flash lasted for several milliseconds, its power amounted to 1.1 thousand tons of TNT equivalent. Scientists note that this is almost 20 times less than the explosion of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during the end of World War II. An explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, released about 1 GWh of energy. Scientists noted that we are talking about the release of a colossal amount of energy.
The explosion took place on 4 August this year in the evening. 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded, killing at least 200 people, injuring and injuring about 6 thousand people. In Beirut, buildings were damaged, located at various distances from the epicenter of the explosion, about 300 thousand people were left homeless, Planet-today.ru reports.