Impact of Beirut blast massive, shockwaves felt 240 km away in Cyprus

The ripples of the Beirut blast were so huge that in Cyprus, an island lying 240 km west of Lebanon, residents reported two large bangs in quick succession.

The impact of the blast that ripped through Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday was so powerful that citizens of the island of Cyprus, 240 kms away from the site of the explosion felt it.

In Cyprus, an island lying west of Lebanon, residents reported two large bangs in quick succession. Videos confirmed that the Beirut blast could be seen from the coast of Cyprus and was heard as far as inland capital Nicosia.

One resident of the capital Nicosia said his house shook, rattling shutters. Another Nicosia citizen said he thought something fell on the building where he works. Several other people said they heard it as far as the mountainous region of Troodos.

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BBC journalist Emilia Papadopoulos said she felt the explosion in Limassol and thought it was an earthquake. “We felt two blasts in Limassol. Thought it was an earthquake but only our windows were shaking. Thoughts with everyone in Beirut,” she wrote on Twitter.

A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.

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