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Old 2020-08-07, 04:50   #3950
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With those many views and many structures, there will be much data for blast propagation and building techniques and materials. The shadow of the granary in the shockwave is interesting.
I finally found a view from which I realized that the main explosion site is the water-filled hole right in front of the ruined grain elevators. I believe that they held a huge portion of the country's grain supply, and bread was already scarce. These are impressions from reading, video, radio. I do not have any pretense of authority.

I did go searching for largest explosions and Wikipedia, of course, has a very lengthy article, "Largest artificial non-nuclear explosions" with very many incidents at least mentioned, and many with varying degrees of detail. Included are very large conventional explosions to study blast effects from nuclear weapons. After all the individual explosion listing, there is "Largest accidental conventional explosions/detonations by magnitude." I was startled to find that the Texas City Disaster is at the top of the list. Port Beirut disaster is number 6.

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Old 2020-08-07, 05:43   #3951
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I finally found a view from which I realized that the main explosion site is the water-filled hole right in front of the ruined grain elevators.

I did go searching for largest explosions and Wikipedia, of course, has a very lengthy article, "Largest artificial non-nuclear explosions" with very many incidents at least mentioned, and many with varying degrees of detail. Included are very large conventional explosions to study blast effects from nuclear weapons. After all the individual explosion listing, there is "Largest accidental conventional explosions/detonations by magnitude." I was startled to find that the Texas City Disaster is at the top of the list. Port Beirut disaster is number 6.
Largest non nuclear explosions link posted at https://mersenneforum.org/showpost.p...postcount=3911

flooded crater link posted at https://mersenneforum.org/showpost.p...postcount=3937

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Old 2020-08-07, 23:50   #3952
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Old 2020-08-08, 00:56   #3953
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I'm waiting for a compile to finish (that's my story and I'm sticking to it).

I've found that an Epsilon can bring readers to a screeching halt.

No joke; a colleague of mine drew one on a whiteboard during a rate hearing once, and more than a few people threw their heads back as if they had been slapped.

Umm... What part of a "for" loop is scary?
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Old 2020-08-08, 12:24   #3954
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There was an ammonium nitrate explosion disaster in Texas much more recently than the Texas City explosion. The ammonium nitrate explosion at the West Fertilizer Company was actually caught on video. Sadly, it killed firefighters who were responding to the fire that preceded the explosion.

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On April 17, 2013, a fire and explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company (WFC), a fertilizer blending, retail, and distribution facility in West, Texas. The violent detonation fatally injured 12 emergency responders and three members of the public. Local hospitals treated more than 260 injured victims, many of whom required hospital admission. The blast completely destroyed the WFC facility and caused widespread damage to more than 150 offsite buildings. The WFC explosion is one of the most destructive incidents ever investigated by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) as measured by the loss of life among emergency responders and civilians; the many injuries sustained by people both inside and outside the facility fenceline; and the extensive damage to residences, schools, and other structures. Following the explosion, WFC filed for bankruptcy.

The explosion happened at about 7:51 pm central daylight time (CDT), approximately 20 minutes after the first signs of a fire were reported to the local 911 emergency response dispatch center. Several local volunteer fire departments responded to the facility, which had a stockpile of between 40 and 60 tons (80,000 to 120,000 pounds) fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN), not counting additional FGAN not yet offloaded from a railcar.
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Old 2020-08-08, 13:18   #3955
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Old 2020-08-08, 14:13   #3956
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There was an ammonium nitrate explosion disaster in Texas much more recently than the Texas City explosion.
Texas City had the 1947 event and then a more recent event in 2005
The 1947 event is in the top 10 man made non-nuclear blasts.

{edit}There was a petroleum vapor explosion when I was a kid in the region that I grew up. There were reports of it being heard 50km away or further. That is why in fuel handling situation there is often a flare stack running, to burn any scavenged fumes.

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Old 2020-08-08, 19:05   #3957
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The 400' long Queen Orient cruise ship was sunk as a result of the Beirut blast; berthed broadside, 435m from "ground zero". https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/ma...ks-cruise-ship

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Old 2020-08-09, 09:04   #3958
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French advertising watchdog the Autorité de Régulaion Professionalle de la Publicitie (ARPP) has taken the commercial off air because it supposedly creates a “climate of fear” about motor vehicles.
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