On 12 August 2015, a series of explosions at a container storage station killed 173 people, and injured hundreds of others. The largest of the explosions involved the detonation of about 800 tonnes of ammonium nitrate (approx. 256 tonnes TNT equivalent). Fires caused by the initial explosions continued to burn uncontrolled for days, resulting in additional explosions for days after the main event.
The three images represented here, were acquired respectively 10 days before the explosion, the day after the explosion and 9 days after the main event.
Analysing these images, Skytek could quickly provide accurate information about:
- The detailed extent of the damaged areas
- The number of ships potentially affected in the berths on those days
- The areas in the port affected, with an estimation of the cargo value in the containers