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Two blasts ripped through the industrial Binhai New Area in the port city of Tianjin, China, late on August 12, killing 173 people - including firefighters - and sending shockwaves as far as 20 kilometres away. Hundreds were reported injured and swathes of buildings, apartments, vehicles and other infrastructure were burned or destroyed. State media said a shipment of explosive materials had ignited at a warehouse run by Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics, which handles are sodium cyanide and the toxic toluene diisocyanate, and triggered two explosions that occurred within seconds of each other. The National Earthquake Bureau said the first blast's strength was equivalent to 3 tonnes of TNT and the second was the equivalent of 21 tonnes. President Xi Jinping himself ordered authorities to contain the disaster and secure the area.


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It was in Tianjin that around midnight on August 12, 2015, a series of blasts at the Ruihai International Logistics chemical warehouse sparked an inferno that claimed 173 lives and injured nearly 800.

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Executive Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, a member of the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, is fully supporting an aggressive investigation and transparent clean-up effort, according to Xinhua

The authorities in Tianjin are building a 20,000-square metre “leak-proof” tank to store contaminated soil from the scene of the huge explosions at a dangerous goods warehouse earlier this month.