Beirut Blast: Ammonium Nitrate and Human Nature
Last Tuesday, August 4, 2020, something exploded in Beirut. It was around 6:00 p.m., Beirut time, 15:00 UTC.
By Wednesday afternoon, I'd read that the blast killed at least 100 folks and hurt some 4,000. Upwards of 100 people were missing. My guess was that the body count would increase.
I was right about that, sadly. By Monday, August 10, the acknowledged death toll had passed 200.
I don't know how likely it is that search and rescue teams will find more survivors.
Some of the good news is that there were search and rescue teams. And that many folks in Beirut "...rushed to the blast location ... to offer support and assistance...."
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