天津滨海新区开发区爆炸视频 / Huge Explosions Shock China’s Tianjin Port Area

Huge explosions at a chemical warehouse rocked residential areas in the port city of Tianjin, China on the night of Aug. 12, that were so huge it registered on earthquake scales. When I first saw the pictures, I thought the story was unreal. It looked like a scorched battlegrounds, or a Hollywood movie stage, but this is a tragic, very real freak event, with many details still largely unknown:

“As of Aug. 14, the death toll was 56, including 17 firefighters and soldiers, and over 700 were injured. The explosions seem to have originated from a warehouse owned by Ruihai International Logistics, a company authorized to handle chemicals that explode on contact with water. Some outside specialists suspected that firefighters may have inadvertently contributed to the explosions, however the details of how the massive explosion occurred were still unclear.” ~ By Emily Z. Fortier

According to reports, more than 1,000 firefighters were sent to the the disaster site.

According to reports, more than 1,000 firefighters were sent to the the disaster site.

Rescuers work among hundreds of burned cars and several destroyed buildings after a huge explosion rocked the port city. China's earthquake bureau said the magnitude of the second blast was equivalent to 21 tons of TNT. (Wu Hong)

Rescuers work among hundreds of burned cars and several destroyed buildings after a huge explosion rocked the port city. China’s earthquake bureau said the magnitude of the second blast was equivalent to 21 tons of TNT. (Wu Hong)

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Firefighters carry the body of a victim from the site of the explosions on Friday, Aug. 14. (Jason Lee)

Firefighters carry the body of a victim from the site of the explosions on Friday, Aug. 14. (Jason Lee)

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Hundreds of new cars awaiting export were reduced to shells by the flames. (Jason Lee)

Chinese police help a man to safety on a highway near the explosion site. (Ng Han Guan)

Chinese police help a man to safety on a highway near the explosion site. (Ng Han Guan)

A man looks at a row of damaged cars outside a damaged residential building. (Greg Baker)

A man looks at a row of damaged cars outside a damaged residential building. (Greg Baker)

Windows of a nearby high rise building were shattered. (Wu Hong)

Windows of a nearby high rise building were shattered. (Wu Hong)

  The shock waves from the explosions broke furniture, windows and other property in nearby residences. (Chinatopix via Associated Press)

The shock waves from the explosions broke furniture, windows and other property in nearby residences. (Chinatopix via Associated Press)

Aerial footage shows smoke billowing from burning containers the day after the blasts. (Xu Li)

Aerial footage shows smoke billowing from burning containers the day after the blasts. (Xu Li)

Workers clean debris form the road near the explosion site, where stacks of shipping containers had crumbled. (Jason Lee)

Workers clean debris form the road near the explosion site, where stacks of shipping containers had crumbled. (Jason Lee)

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~ by Fionnlagh on August 18, 2015.

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