The world has just witnessed what appears to be the largest hazardous chemicals explosion in history in Tianjin, northern China, one of the world’s busiest port cities. A series of explosions, thought to be from a storage facility, took place on August 12, 2015 at 11:30pm local time. The city, home to 14 million people has been struggling for the past two days as at least 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured, many critically.
According to University of Wisconsin’s Space Science and Engineering Center (CIMSS) the explosions registered on several satellites including the Himawari-8, MTSAT-2 and COMS-1, providing “strong thermal signatures in the shortwave infrared band.(see below)
A larger number of videos of the event are now becoming available. Here are three showing the event itself and the aftermath..
Video 1: the explosion taken from a smartphone:
Video 2: the explosion also taken from a smartphone:
Video 3: the aftermath of the explosion in Tianjin, China taken from a drone flying over the devastated area: