Two huge explosions rocked Wednesday the Chinese city of Tianjin.They took place in a warehouse in the port area, where a cargo of explosives caught fire. At least 50 people died and 700 were injured.
At least 50 people died and 700 others injured Wednesday, August 12 evening, when two huge explosions in the city of Tianjin, in the northeast of China. According to official Chinese media, they took place in a warehouse in the port area, where a cargo of explosives caught fire.
Around 23 h 30 local time (16: 30 pm GMT), a giant fireball and flames columns totaled over Tianjin, one of the largest cities in China, illuminating the sky and clouds of dust propelling and debris tens of meters in the air.
A report given by the official news agency Xinhua Wednesday morning was state of 44 people, including 12 firefighters, and 520 injured, including 66 seriously affected.
In the morning, smoke plumes were still visible above the buildings in the city, said a journalist from AFP on site. Glass debris caused by the shock wave were present up to three kilometers around around the site of the disaster.
The explosions, so spectacular that they could be observed from space by satellites, triggered a shock wave felt several kilometers away, so much so that the American Geological Institute (USGS) has identified seismic phenomena.
Photos and video images posted on social networks by residents showed a massive ball of fire rising into the night sky, high above the surrounding buildings. Entire areas of the port, the tenth largest in the world, were devastated, containers were projected as matchboxes and hundreds of new cars were destroyed by the flames, according to a Reuters reporter.
According to the CCTV system, Chinese President Xi Jinping called to make every effort to help the victims and put out the fire, as the fire continued to rage on the site, where one expected a worsening of the human toll. The “People’s Daily” noted that many people were trapped near the explosion by a huge fire.
The magnitude of the first explosion was equivalent to the detonation of three tons of TNT, while the second explosion was a power equivalent to the detonation of 21 tons of the explosive, said Chinese Center for Earthquake surveillance networks.
Tianjin, which lies 140 km southeast of Beijing, is one of the largest cities in the country with nearly 15 million recorded in 2013. Manufacturing City and one of the main ports in northern China, it is one of only four cities in the country to have obtained provincial status with Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing.
Compliance with safety standards in industrial complexes in China remains problematic, the owners do not respect the regulations to save costs and preferring to pay corrupt inspectors to avoid too sharp controls.
In July, 15 people were killed and over a dozen others injured in the explosion of an illegal site storage of fireworks in Hebei Province in the north. In August 2014, at least 71 people had been killed in the explosion of a spare parts factory in Kunshan cars near Shanghai.