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Visualizing the Power of the Beirut Explosion

by Cassidy Chansirik
A comparison of different conventional weapons and their TNT equivalency in power.

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. 

Take a look.

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