I spoke with Lebanese writer and translator Lina Mounzer about witnessing and experiencing the Beirut explosion on August 4th, 2020. So far there are 157 deaths, 5,000 injuries, US$10–15 billion in property damage and an estimated 300,000 people left homeless.
The blast was linked to about 2,750 tonnes (3,030 short tons) of ammonium nitrate – equivalent to around 1,155 tonnes of TNT (4,830 gigajoules) – that had been confiscated by the government from the abandoned ship MV Rhosus and stored in the port without proper safety measures for six years.
- Lina’s piece for the New York Times: It Sounded Like The World Itself Was Breaking Open
- My Twitter thread starting shortly after the explosion and lasting to today with hundreds of tweet updates
- A Twitter list of mine with people to follow on Lebanon
- How to help + this