Was A Nuclear Weapon Just Detonated In China? UPDATE: Toxic fumes saturate air... CNN blocked from reporting outside hospital... AUTHORITIES KEEPING TIGHT CONTROL OVER INFORMATION...
A HUGE EXPLOSION ROCKED THE NORTHERN CHINESE PORT CITY OF TIANJIN ON WEDNESDAY, STATE MEDIA REPORTED.
Initial reports said hundreds were wounded, although the exact number of casualties has yet to be determined. According to the official Chinese Seismological Network, two blasts occurred in the city, a first explosion equivalent to the detonation of 3 tons of TNT, and a second, much larger explosion 30 seconds later which was equivalent to a detonation of about 21 tons of TNT.
The blast was caused by explosive material in a container at a terminal in Binhai Dist, according to Business Insider.
THE OFFICIAL XINHUA NEWS AGENCY SAID A DEAFENING BANG WAS HEARD AS PLUMES OF FLAME LIT UP THE SKY, SCATTERING DUST DOZENS OF METERS INTO THE AIR.
Central Television said on its website no deaths had been reported. It said there had been two explosions within 30 seconds of each other and that about 100 fire trucks had been sent to the scene. Xinhua said fireballs from an initial blast had ignited further explosions in premises nearby.
Video footage of the explosion showed it causing a massive mushroom cloud and a quake that could be felt up to six miles away. source