NASA is using satellite data to map the devastation caused by the deadly blast that rocked Beirut last week.
Modified data from the satellites of the European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel were used to compile the map.
The data was analyzed by scientists from NASA̵
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“Maps like this can help identify severely damaged areas where people may need help,” NASA said in a statement.
On the map, the most damaged areas are shown in red, and the areas with moderate damage are shown in orange. Each color pixel represents an area of 33 yards, according to NASA.
The August 4 blast in the port of Beirut sent a shock wave that killed at least 160 people, injured nearly 6,000 and disfigured the capital’s coastline, destroying hundreds of buildings.
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The blast involved 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which was stored in a hangar in the port of Beirut since it was confiscated by a ship in 2013. The cargo is believed to have exploded after a fire broke out nearby.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Video: Satellite images show the scope of the explosion in Beirut (Reuters)