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The huge explosion that happened Wednesday night in Chinese port city, Tianjin, created a huge mushroom cloud and set off ground shakes felt by people 10 miles away from the scene, as per People’s Daily China.
The explosion killed 50 people, 17 of which were firefighters, and injured more than 400, while rescue operations are still ongoing, China Xinhua News reported. The explosions reportedly were caused by inflammable and hazardous materials from container terminal. Another report from CCTV named the company as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. According to the report the company handles transport of hazardous goods.
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NEW DETAILS: Explosion happened at Tianjian Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. It handles transport of hazardous goods
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Fears of Nuclear bomb explosion over Tianjin huge explosion
Elsewhere, the Chinese are posting videos and photos of the explosion and the aftereffect. Residents nearby had spoken about their glass windows shattering and their walls shaking. In one video posted via YouTube, first reported by the Business Insider, residents initially feared that there was a nuclear bomb explosion. A report from NBC News quoted local media reporting that the strongest of the explosions is equivalent to 20 tons of TNT.
Here is the translation of the communication between the two Chinese recording the video as posted by Business Insider:
Person 1: What exploded? The sky is lit up.
Person 2: Where is that?
Person 1: Don’t know. You think it’ll be on the news tomorrow?
Person 1: Wow! Everything is shaking. Is it a nuclear bomb!? The windows on the building have shattered.
Person 1: The explosion is so violent. I hope our building doesn’t collapse.
Person 2: Put your clothes on. Let’s hope our building doesn’t collapse.
Person 1: That’s about it right? The explosions should be over with.
Here is the video:
“Only once I was outside did I realize it was an explosion. There was the huge fireball in the sky with thick clouds. Everybody could see it,” Siyu added.
tianjin explosion pic.twitter.com/FK5xjCz2Xk
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Chinese officials responded to Tianjin huge explosion
According to news update from the China Xinhua News, Chinese president Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang already gave orders for search operations to prioritize saving the injured and prevent further casualties. The State Council had already sent a rescue group led by Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun, the report said. The government promised a comprehensive investigation regarding the matter and all reports will be made public when ready.