Aftermath and consequences of the Tianjin chemical warehouse explosions

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Weeks after the 2015 August 12th blasts at (Rui Hai International Logistics) warehouse in Tianjin, China, new developments come in about the incident. People have given there thoughts and ideas on what happened, from cyanide or hazardous waste exposure to conspiracy theories on ‘The Rods Of God” in space. On the 26th of August, owners and employees of the company that owns the warehouse have been arrested for corruption and not following correct safety regulations. Plus more injuries and death from the from the impact.

Rui Hai owners and employees, including 12 managers were arrested 2 weeks after the intial explosions. More injuries and death from the explosions have occured. It is reported that 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide were found at the contaminated sites. Since the explosions at least 520 people have been hospitalised and many of them in critical condition. While 139 people have been conformed to have died. The owners of Rui Hai International Logistics were shown on state television ”confessing” to using government connections to obtain safety permits. Such as the warehouse was built within 600 metres of Apartment buildings, despite a regulation mandating any hazardous material storage facilities must be at least a kilometre away. The warehouse was also storing several hundred tonnes of chemicals which is a clear violation of rules where warehouse regulations say that you should store no more than 10 tonnes at a time.

There were 495 troops from the People’s Liberation Army chemical defence unit and 66 chemical defense experts assited in the disaster relief operations that improved the condition in Tiajin, China. A Greenpeace spokesperson reported that it had tested surface water and they called for tests on the air and water

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”I … looked out the window and the sky was red … I just watched a second explosion go off and [it was] just pure chaos, everyone leaving their apartment buildings thinking it’s an earthquake, cars trying to leave the complex and … it was crazy the amount of light that this explosion and fire lit up”.

– Canadian teacher Monica Andrews

This incident, adding to China’s history of poor safety disasters, the 15 million people who live in Tianjin are at great risk of contamination of water and air, economically affecting the locals, cause more panic and anxiety, upset supply distribution networks and further harm people.

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Tianjin blasts: China sacks work safety chief in wake of explosions that killed 139, state media says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2015. Tianjin blasts: China sacks work safety chief in wake of explosions that killed 139, state media says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/china-sacks-work-safety-chief-after-tianjin-blasts/6727824. [Accessed 01 September 2015].

Did the Rod of God weapon hit Tianjin? | THE UNHIVED MIND III. 2015. Did the Rod of God weapon hit Tianjin? | THE UNHIVED MIND III. [ONLINE] Available at: http://theunhivedmind.com/wordpress3/did-the-rod-of-god-weapon-hit-tianjin/. [Accessed 01 September 2015].

China explosions: Tonnes of cyanide found at Tianjin blast site. 2015. China explosions: Tonnes of cyanide found at Tianjin blast site. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/tonnes-of-cyanide-found-at-tianjin-blast-site/story-fnh81fz8-1227486136361. [Accessed 01 September 2015].

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