The explosions in Beirut have levelled the industrial ports for the city.
The full force of the blast, likened to a “nuclear bomb” detonation, was felt miles away, with houses taking damage outside the blast zone.
Residents said glass was broken in houses from Raouche, on the Mediterranean city’s western tip, to Rabieh six miles east.
Beirut’s main airport, six miles away from the port, was reportedly damaged by the explosion, with pictures showing sections of collapsed ceiling.
The US embassy has warned residents “There are reports of toxic gases released in the explosion”, and has advised people to stay indoors and wear masks.