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Satellite images show West, Texas before and after fertilizer plant explosion

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Satellite image taken on April 19, 2013 of the West Fertilizer Plant after an explosion occurred on April 17.

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Satellite images of West, Texas, before and after the Fertilizer Plant explosion. The image on the left was taken on Jan. 30, 2012, and the image on the right was taken on April 19, 2013.

Mandy Williams goes home for the first time since a massive explosion forced her and other residents of West, Texas to evacuate.

The satellite images above provided by DigitalGlobe show the destructive force of the fertilizer plant explosion that rocked the small town of West, Texas, with the force of a magnitude-2.1 earthquake last Wednesday evening.

The pictures show the debris field that surrounds West Fertilizer Co., the remains of the two tanks which held highly pressurized anhydrous ammonia, the 50-unit apartment building west of the plant with its walls torn off, the damaged West Intermediate School at the lower left corner of the images, and many of the damaged homes.

West has only about 2,700 residents, but the affected area is in a densely populated neighborhood.

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In this small Texas town, people pitch in to help out following the deadly blast at a local fertilizer plant.