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originally posted by: Shugo
a reply to: jimmyx
The confirmed number as I saw it on CNN as of now is 7, with close to 300 injured and an unknown number missing. Based on the size of the explosion, I think that 7 number is rather incredible.
originally posted by: nonjudgementalist
We don't know how many died because there is a media blackout in the area. In a few days we will see hundreds of flattened buildings with a death toll inevitably in the hundreds. If there is a hazardous chemical leak the death toll could reach thousands, and would make search and rescue a lot more challenging.
originally posted by: Rocker2013
Seen a couple of reports on Twitter of journalists becoming sick while in the area, and checks being carried out for biochemical agents.
Seems the explosion might have only been one of the problems. I have a feeling the affects from the chemicals present across this site are likely to cause even more damage.
Always important to remember that Twitter posts are not verified news, but it seems logical that a site like this and an explosion destroying pretty much all of it would lead to considerable chemical pollutant risks.
Also concerning that there are reports of industrial explosives being present there. Does make you wonder what else might be in that mix, especially if they were storing anything military related.
The Ryongchŏn disaster was a train disaster that occurred on April 22, 2004, in the town of Ryongchŏn, North Korea, near the border with the People's Republic of China. The disaster occurred when flammable cargo exploded at Ryongchon Station at around 13:00 local time (04:00 GMT).
The news was released by South Korean media outlets, which reported that up to 3,000 people had been killed or injured in the blast and subsequent fires.
 The North Korean government declared a state of emergency in the region, but little information about the accident has been made public by the North Korean government. Shortly after the accident the North Korean government cut telephone lines to the rest of the world (an action correspondents attributed either to a desire to inhibit foreign reporting or to prevent their own population from learning news about the accident)
originally posted by: s1ngular1ty
Somebody on YouTube said this was caused by a meteor. Doubtful to me, but that would be quite a perfect storm huh? A meteor just happens to hit a factory/plant with materials that are combustible to a high degree. Whatever the case, those videos were wild. It registered as a 2.8 earthquake from what I was reading. Wild stuff.
Police say explosion was at Tianjin Rui Hai Int'l Logistics which transports hazardous goods
According to the Tianjin Public Security Bureau, the explosion happened at the Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd., which handles the transport of hazardous goods. The company’s website said it was established in 2011.
The People’s Daily has reported that a Ruihai company representative has been detained.