A couple of huge explosions rocked the Chinese city of Tianjin late last night at around 11:30 p.m. (Chinese local time), triggering widespread devastation seldom seen outside of terrorist attacks and modern warfare.
According to the latest reports, the initial explosion originated from a warehouse for the logistics company Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai in the industrial area of the port city. It then triggered another, more powerful explosion several seconds later which was felt by city residents kilometers away.
Although the cause of the explosions is not yet officially identified, the aforementioned warehouse was said to contain dangerous items.
The force of the explosions was so strong that Chinese media outlets reported it caused a couple of small earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.3 for the first one and 2.9 for the second. That's on top of damaged buildings, broken glasses, crippled establishments, and scores of burned automobiles near the site.
What's worse are the figures concerning injuries and casualties. The most recent stats show at least 44 dead, 66 with critical injuries, and over 500 hospitalized. Expect those numbers to rise in the next few hours as more details emerge.
And, as expected, photos and videos of the disaster are now circulating through social media, primarily on China's version of Facebook, Weibo. We've compiled a few clips that show just how massive the explosions were.
Video via Penghao Hu
Video via People's Daily 人民网