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Beirut explosion leaves thousands homeless

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/05/20, 06:11 pm

Israel displayed the Lebanese flag in lights on Tel Aviv’s city hall on Wednesday in a gesture of solidarity with one of its enemies. The European Union said it was activating its civil protection system to send firefighters and rescue equipment to Beirut. A massive explosion there on Tuesday killed at least 135 people and injured more than 5,000. Shockwaves ripped miles inland with the effect of a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. Lebanon’s health minister said the blast rendered the homes of up to a quarter of a million people unfit to live in.

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Isaias batters East Coast, leaving six dead

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/05/20, 03:57 am

The tropical storm dumped heavy rains and spawned tornadoes, one of which killed two people at a mobile home park in North Carolina on Tuesday. A woman died in eastern Pennsylvania after floodwaters swept her car downstream. In Delaware, a falling tree branch struck and killed another woman. Falling trees also killed two others in cars in New York City and Maryland. Isaias maintained its tropical storm status but weakened as it continued north into Canada on Tuesday night.

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Lebanon blast injures thousands

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/04/20, 10:54 pm

A massive explosion at Beirut’s port sent a mushroom cloud billowing over the city on Tuesday. The blast was so forceful that some residents thought it was an earthquake. It flattened much of the port, damaged nearby buildings, and collapsed balconies miles away. At least 100 people died, and more than 4,000 were injured, according to a Lebanese Red Cross official who said those numbers likely will rise. People more than 100 miles across the Mediterranean Sea in Cyprus heard and felt the explosion. Smoke continued to rise from the port on Wednesday morning.

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