By Jonathan Bradley
At least 113 people were killed and more than 4,000 were injured after a warehouse explosion sent a blast across Beirut on Tuesday.
Lebanese rescue workers are searching for survivors in the mangled wreckage of buildings, and investigators blamed negligence for the explosion.
Tens of thousands of people have been left without homes to live in.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said 2.75 kilotons of ammonium nitrate, used for fertilizer and bombs and stored at the port for six years without safety measures, exploded.
The images were apocalyptic. How does the Beirut explosion compare to some other major blasts throughout world history, in terms of the size of blast and human toll? Below is a comparison:
Halifax Harbour Explosion (1917)
Kilotons: 2.9 kilotons
Death toll: 1,963 people
Injuries: 9,000 people
The Mont Blanc, a French vessel loaded with 2.9 kilotons of explosives, collided with the Belgian relief ship, Imo, in Halifax harbour on Dec. 6, 1917. A fire broke out on the Mont Blanc, which firefighters tried to extinguish. The flames reached the Mont Blanc’s cargo, and an explosion that had a 2.9 kiloton blast was created.