Video: Massive explosion hits Tianjin fuel storage facility.

Frightening Video Shows Massive Explosion in Major Chinese Port City

Frightening Video Shows Massive Explosion in Major Chinese Port City

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Aug. 12 2015 3:23 PM

Frightening Video Shows Massive Explosion in Major Chinese Port City

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A Chinese fuel storage facility exploded Wednesday night, injuring scores of people in Tianjin, a major port city southeast of Beijing. The two explosions, about 30 seconds apart, captured in the video above, happened about 10:30 p.m. local time. The tremor from the blasts, the larger of which measured 2.9 on the Richter scale, was felt 10 kilometers away.

According to Chinese media sources cited by the BBC, the blast was caused by a shipment of explosive material. The fire is now under control, but two firefighters are missing. Between 300 and 400 people have been admitted to the hospital with injuries, according to the People’s Daily, though it seems quite possible that number will rise. 

Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and author of the forthcoming book, Invisible Countries.