The blast on Tuesday killed more than 150 people and injured 6,000. Dozens of people are still missing. According to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the explosion was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in the port for six years “without precautions”.
The explosion created a 43-meter crater, according to the safety source. In comparison, the explosion of a 104 kiloton atomic bomb at the Sedan test site in Nevada, USA, created a crater of almost 100 meters in 1962.
France provides Lebanon with logistical support with investigative resources and sent police and investigation teams to the scene. Paris also sent medical help.
The US geophysical institute USGS reported that the sensors registered the explosion as an earthquake measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale.
On Saturday, thousands more angry people attacked ministries. They also passed through central Beirut, expressing their anger towards their leaders. The political class has been accused of corruption, incompetence and negligence.
First Lebanese minister resigns
Lebanese Information Minister, Manal Abdel Samad, announced on Sunday that she is out of the city government. This is the first dismissal of a minister after the deadly explosion in the port of Beirut. That explosion has fueled popular anger against the political class.
“After the massive catastrophe in Beirut, I announce my departure from the government,” the minister said in a televised address. She also apologized. “We have not been able to respond to your expectations.”