In Lebanon, a massive explosion at the port of Beirut sent a devastating shock wave through the Lebanese capital Tuesday evening, leveling buildings, overturning cars and shattering windows miles from the blast site. More than 100 people have been reported dead, with hundreds still missing. Over 4,000 people were injured. The explosion carried the force of a 3.5-magnitude earthquake and was felt as far away as Cyprus, more than 100 miles off Lebanon’s coast.
Videos of the explosion show a rapidly expanding shock wave engulfing entire high-rise buildings, leaving a pink mushroom cloud rising far above Beirut’s skyline. One business owner, Ahmad Ismail, described the moment the blast reached his Beirut shop.
Ahmad Ismail: “We were both standing at the entrance. We felt the glass shaking. I said to my friend maybe it was an earthquake, and he went to ask the neighbors what was going on. Then I felt something like lightning strike across Beirut, and then everything turned red. And the force of the explosion threw me off from the beginning of the shop.”