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Beirut Explosion

On August 4, 2020, a major explosion devastated the city of Beirut, Lebanon. The Prime Minister said the cause of the explosion was 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a common industrial chemical used in fertilizer and as a component in mining explosives. As of August 5, at least 135 people have been killed and around 5,000 people injured; another 300,000+ people are displaced due to the extent of the damages. With electricity out in most of the city, emergency workers are limited in what they can do. The government’s minister of information stated the country would be entering a two-week state of emergency.

In addition to pre- and post-event Maxar satellite imagery, two vector layers produced by Ecopia.AI are available: height-attributed building footprints and road centerlines.

Analysis-Ready Data (ARD)

Analysis-Ready Data (ARD) is Maxar's subscription service providing users access to time-series stacks of imagery with specific preprocessing (atmospheric compensation, radiometric correction, orthorectification and alignment) to minimize the work and time required to derive answers from pixels. Learn more about ARD here.

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In the licensing terms, DigitalGlobe has a stated exception for OpenStreetMap. OSM is allowed to use imagery released under the Open Data Program. Even though OSM enables commercial usage, OSM is a critical platform for the disaster response community. Allowing usage of our imagery in OSM will enable faster data access by local communities as well as global relief efforts.