A series of huge explosions shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin late Wednesday August 12 2015. killing at least 50 people and injuring hundreds more, according to officials and state media.
The initial explosion erupted at a warehouse for a logistics company in an industrial area of the port city, according to Tianjin police. The company was identified as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd.The state-run news agency Xinhua reported that an explosion tore through a warehouse storing "dangerous and chemical goods" in Binhai, an area of the city by the water.
The explosions were so massive they were picked up from space in a sequence of satellite photos released by the Japanese meteorological agency. By Thursday afternoon at least 1,000 firefighters were attempting to bring the flames under control around the main disaster zone, a portside industrial estate in Tianjin.
The Explosion was equivalent of 21 metric tons of TNT or a magnitude-2.9 earthquake, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.