At 6:09 p.m. on Tuesday, disaster struck Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. Asravaged the city, one woman poignantly captured the moment, freezing it in time.
Lebanese photographer Aya Nehme shared a picture she took on her Instagram this week that features a car, completely destroyed by the. Amid the rubble is a clock, stuck at the time 6:09 — the exact moment the explosion happened.
“It stopped short, never to go again, when Beirut died,” Nehme wrote.
Nehme told CBS News that she took the photo in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood of. She said the photo did not appear to be staged.
“I went downtown to capture some trace of life in this chaos,” she said. “I came across a destroyed car, in the truck, a clock. A clock that had stopped at exactly 6:09 pm. The time it all happened. I’ve walked these streets for 25 years, and today I could not recognize them.”
The photo is reminiscent of the iconic frozen clocks and watches found after the atomic bomb devastated , Japan on August 6, 1945. Charred timepieces from that day are stuck at about 8:15 a.m., when the U.S. Air Force dropped the uranium bomb, killing more than 100,000 people.
Tuesday’s explosions, which killed at least 150 people and wounded thousands more, destroyed much of Beirut’s port and damaged many of its iconic and historic neighborhoods, as well as residential buildings, hospitals and businesses. About a quarter of a million people lost their homes.
Beirut’s hospitals remained coronavirus cases.by the wounded, and there were fears of a spike in
While investigators focus on port officials, many Lebanese put the blame for the blasts on the political elite, with anti-governmenterupting in the days following the incident.
Natacha Larnaud contributed to this report.