China:Tianjin: explosions

12
Aug

Massive explosions have rocked the city of Tianjin in northern China, the Chinese Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

 

The initial blasts were caused by flammable material stored at a container terminal and were felt kilometres away. The explosions occurred sometime after 11 p.m. local time, Xinhua said.

 

Subsequent fires later caused a series of smaller explosions in the vicinity of the port.

 

The main blaze was contained around three hours after the first explosion, Xinhua said.
A hospital in Tianjin told Xinhua that hundreds of people were injured. A doctor told Radio Television Hong Kong that area hospitals were flooded with patients and that many had severe burns.

 

Users on Weibo, a microblogging platform in China similar to Twitter, posted that windows and doors of buildings near the blast had been blown out.

Tianjin is a port city about 113 kilometres southeast of Beijing.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/china-explosion-tianjin-1.3188626