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On August 4, 2020, a major explosion devastated the city of Beirut, Lebanon. The Prime Minister said the cause of the explosion was 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a common industrial chemical used in fertilizer and as a component in mining explosives. As of August 5, at least 135 people have been killed and around 5,000 people injured; another 300,000+ people are displaced due to the extent of the damages. With electricity out in most of the city, emergency workers are limited in what they can do. The government’s minister of information stated the country would be entering a two-week state of emergency.
In addition to pre- and post-event Maxar satellite imagery, two vector layers produced by Ecopia.AI are available: height-attributed building footprints and road centerlines.