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Monday, August 17, 2015

Big Bang

Smoke rises from the debris after the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 13, 2015. Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring as many as 400, official Chinese media reported. All the cars in the foreground were burnt to a crisp. REUTERS/China Daily

When I read that these explosions were large enough to be measured on the Richter Scale, I thought they had to be pretty big. But then I read that there had been another industrial explosion last year, and I thought, well, typical Chinese business. When you push too hard and too fast mistakes are bound to happen. 
     Today I decided to check to see just how bad it was. It was bad enough to make Wikipedia's Top 100. The last big bang was the Canadian oil train fire in 2013. Also in 2013 there was the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, and it was only half as big as this one in China.

Post about the Houston Ammonia Truck Explosion. Not big enough to make Wiki's list.

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