Is Beirut Blast Equivalent to Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nuclear Bombings?

The Beirut blast happened in less than 48 hours before the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima Day, 6th August, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki bombing in 1945 by the US was one of the worst destructions in human history.

The deadly bombings of 1945 in Japanese cities had killed over 150,000 people just in the blink of a second.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nuclear Bombings

Japanese death tolls were higher as compared to the Beirut Blast, the reason was the bombs dropped on Japan by the US were larger, surpassing 10 kilotons in the power and also because the US dropped the bombs in a manner that was designed to cause many deaths it could possibly do.

If we see Beirut Blast, the blast had created the magnitude of 3.3 earthquakes as registered on the rector scale, the aftermath of the explosion was felt miles away from the port of Beirut. Experts have told Digital Phablet, the blast had the power which is equivalent to hundred tons of TNT.

The Beirut blast was so powerful that some eyewitnesses thought the city of Beirut has been bombed with some sort of nuclear blast, as a mushroom cloud can be seen at the location of the explosion, which was also captured in the videos.

Marwan Abboud, Governor of Beirut, had compared the blast that occurred on Tuesday to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing in Japan during World War II.

Having the power of a few hundred tons, still, the Beirut Blast was three times less powerful than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, that single bomb had the power of 15 kilotons, and the US dropped two of them on both Japanese cities.

Beirut Blast impact

According to the disaster experts, the Beirut blast can be compared to the lowest power B61 nuclear gravity bomb, which has the power of 300 tons of explosive yield.

Experts have anticipated the explosive power for Beirut blast to be one to two kilotons, which was more powerful than some of the smaller US tactical nukes.

city of beirut after blast

The cause of the Beirut blast was the ammonium nitrate having stored for six years after a cargo ship was confiscated off the shore. The huge explosion has caused massive destruction all over Beirut, leaving 300,000 homeless and 90% hotels had also been destroyed. The blast was even heard in Cyprus, Lebanese officials said.


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