Reuters has created a visualization comparing the power of the Beirut explosion to other accidental explosions and conventional weapons. It shows the Beirut explosion was equal to 200-300 tons of high explosives, making it one of the strongest non-nuclear explosions to date. A separate graph reveals that six smaller blasts preceded the main explosion, causing buildings as far as 100 miles away to shake.
Visualizing the Power of the Beirut Explosion
Cassidy Chansirik is an intern at the Center for Data Innovation. Currently, she is a student at the University of California, Berkeley and is pursuing a B.A. in Legal Studies and a minor in Education. She is passionate about the intersections of technology, education, and law and how they impact the community.
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