The Devastation Nova Scotia Cities And Towns Would See If The Beirut Explosion Happened Here

At least 135 people have died after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday. The explosion measured 2.75 kilotons and to draw comparison to the Halifax Explosion of 1917, that explosion measured 2.9 kilotons. In the Halifax explosion, 1,963 people died and 9,000 were injured.

The following series of maps show the devastation area of the Beirut explosion if it happened in various Nova Scotia cities and towns.

We’ve included damage maps for:

  • The provincial impact if the explosion had happend in Halifax Harbour.
  • Halifax
  • Sydney
  • New Glasgow
  • Truro
  • Antigonish
  • Bridgewater
  • Amherst
  • Wolfville
  • Yarmouth

Provincial impact if the explosion had happened in Halifax Harbour

240 KM Orange Zone: If the Beirut explosion had happened in Halifax Harbour the shock wave would have been felt by the entire mainland and parts of Cape Breton.

It would have been felt as far away as Prince Edward Island and southern New Brunswick.

What the explosion would look like: Halifax

3 KM Red Zone: The explosion would have devastated much of the peninsula all the way to the Northwest Arm. The north end of Halifax and Dartmouth have been heavily damaged. The south end and downtown of Dartmouth would have been heavily damaged as well.

10 KM Blue Zone: Damage would have been reported as far away as Spryfield, Herring Cove, Clayton Park, Beechville, Burnside, Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage.

What the explosion would look like: Sydney

3 KM Red Zone: If the explosion had happened at the big fiddle, it would would have devastated all of downtown Sydney and Whitney Pier. Centre 200 and the Shopping Centre would be heavily damaged as well as other areas on the other side of the harbour like Westmount.

10 KM Blue Zone: Damage would have been reported in Sydney River, Coxheath, Howie Centre and as far away as North Sydney.

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