Can Beirut Blast Be Compared To Hiroshima-Nagasaki Nuclear Attack?

Governor of Beirut called the Lebanon blast a national disaster akin to Japan’s Hiroshima, notwithstanding the damage of the attack.

Jessica David

August 7, 2020

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On Tuesday evening (August 4), a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut in what is believed to be one of the largest non-nuclear blasts in history. Lebanon President Michel Aoun has since stated that the blast was caused by approximately 2,70 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at the airport. Governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud has reportedly called the blast a “national disaster akin to Hiroshima,” however, notwithstanding the damage the explosion caused, that claim is significantly off the mark, according to several reports.

The scale of the damage caused by both, the Beirut and Hiroshima explosions, was colossal but still pales in comparison to the US nuclear attack, the 75th anniversary of which, incidentally happened to be on August 6. On this day, in 1945, in the middle of World War II, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the city in Japan. The bomb on Nagasaki was consecutively dropped on August 9, killing almost 80,000.

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