Beirut Explosion, New Chernobyl on its Way?
TEHRAN (KHABARFOORI) _ Reports suggest the blast might have been caused by highly explosive material that was stored at the port after it was confiscated from a ship. Badri Daher, director-general of Lebanon's customs authority, linked the explosion to ammonium nitrate being stored at the port
The massive explosion ripped through central Beirut on Tuesday, killing dozens of people, injuring thousands and blowing out windows in buildings across the city.
The explosion damaged buildings across the city, including the official residence of Lebanon's president, the headquarters of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Homes as far as 10 kilometers away were damaged, according to witnesses, and even people on the distant island of Cyprus felt the blast, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
Ammonium nitrate is a common industrial chemical used mainly for fertilizer because it is a good source of nitrogen for plants. It is also one of the main components in mining explosives.
Many believe that nitrate explosion can cause great damage to lungs, humans’ body as well the soil of a region. So, many attach this incident to Chernobyl however, many see such theories as theatrical and that Ammonium nitrate explosion is not as deadly as atomic bombs or raditaions accidents.