Photo courtesy of J. Stewart
Timothy O’Donnell, a Ph.D. student advised by professor Jonathan Stewart, was part of a Lebanon-US team that investigated the impacts of the 2020 Beirut explosion on infrastructure within Beirut.
Working with collaborators at the American University of Beirut, UCLA, the University of Illinois, and the University of Calabria (Italy), the team investigated impacts on the Port of Beirut (ground zero for the explosion) and the building stock. Building damage was investigated from both structural impact and facade damage perspectives, which was compared to damage proxy maps generated by NASA/JPL.
The team’s results were recently published in Natural Hazards Review, with the article titled, “Impacts of 2020 Beirut Explosion on Port Infrastructure and Nearby Buildings.”
Link to the article “Impacts of 2020 Beirut Explosion on Port Infrastructure and Nearby Buildings”: https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29NH.1527-6996.0000550