Videos and photos posted to social media show series of enormous explosions in the northern Chinese city Tianjin. Early reports indicate the explosions, which caused a huge mushroom cloud and triggered shockwaves that could be felt miles away, occurred on a dock near a giant fuel depot.
UPDATE 1:53 pm: State newspaper People’s Daily China reports the explosion was caused by “explosive material in container at terminal in Binhai District.” Several people have been rushed to the hospital, though it’s unclear how many were injured. There are also reports that the explosion was seen from space.
UPDATE 2:08 pm: Hundreds of people were reportedly injured in the blast.
From local Chinese media: in one hospital in #Tianjin... doctors are treating more than 400 injuries, most burn related.August 12, 2015
UPDATE 2:28 pm: The fire caused by the explosions, which reportedly took place just after 11:30 pm local time, are now under control, according to China Xinhua News. Two firefighters have been reported missing.