The Lebanese capital of Beirut has been rocked by a huge blast, killing at least 73 people, injuring nearly 3000, flattening most of the city, destroying buildings and sending a large mushroom cloud into the sky.
A world still dealing with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic downturn has been devastated by unexpected destruction.
Beirut hospitals soon filled up beyond capacity, begging to keep their lights on for blood supplies and generators.
The explosion occurred at about 6 pm (local time) in the heart of Beirut in the busy port area during the busy rush hour. It began with a fire which is believed to have begun at a port fireworks factory.
One Australian killed
After the explosion, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Today at least one Australian was killed.
Terrifying close-up video of the Beirut explosion [language warning] pic.twitter.com/NtEhQfLgdl
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Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port pic.twitter.com/ZjltF0VcTr
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