Following the recent warehouse explosion at the Tianjin Binhai New Area, Chinese authorities have found that the cyanide levels present in the waters have gone up to as much as 277 times the acceptable level. However, it was also determined that Tianjin City’s drinking water remains safe.
A Reuters report published by CNBC also said that Beijing has been pressuring the local government to relocate chemical plants away from the area and to improve Tianjin’s industrial safety. Meanwhile, ABC News Australia said that the cyanide level in water has already risen to as high as 356 times more than normal in some of its water monitoring sites that were cordoned off following the blast.
What is alarming is that previous tests have shown that cyanide levels were only 28 times higher than the limit. The Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau did not give an explanation to the sudden spike.
Terrifying series of explosions
A blasts occurred in a warehouse belonging to the Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. at the Tianjin Port where the company has been storing a number of containers filled with dangerous chemicals last August 12.
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The first explosion occurred at around 11:30 p.m. local time and was then followed by a series of explosions with the second one being more powerful than the first, BBC reported. Global Research said that the first explosion was equivalent to detonating three tons of TNT. Meanwhile, the second was the equivalent of 20 tons of TNT detonating. Office blocks were destroyed and the death toll is now at 114.
Exposure to cyanide can be deadly
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cyanide is a colorless gas that can be deadly. Being exposed to large amount of cyanide can reportedly cause lung injury, convulsions, loss of consciousness, respiratory failure and slow heart rate.