Chinese Chemical Plant Blast: 47 People Killed and Hundreds Injured in China’s Worst Industrial Accidents in Years

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A powerful ripped through a chemical plant in eastern China Thursday, killing at least 47 people and severely injuring more than 600 others.

Here’s what Nexter.org knows about it.

 

China’s worst industrial accidents in years

An at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed at least 47 people and injured more than 600, state media said, the latest in a series of industrial accidents that has sparked widespread public anger.

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Survivors were taken to 16 hospitals with 640 people being treated for injuries. Thirty-two of them were critically injured, it said.

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The blast in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, about a three-hour drive north of Shanghai, was one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years.

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Windows in buildings as far as about six kilometers (four miles) away were blown out by the force of the yesterday afternoon, which caused a magnitude 2.2 seismic shock.

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The at the plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical sent fire spreading to neighboring factories. Children at a kindergarten in the vicinity were also injured in the blast, media reported.

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The cause of the blast was under investigation, but the company – which produces more than 30 organic chemical compounds, some of which are highly flammable – has been cited and fined for work safety violations in the past, the China Daily said.

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Local environmental officials, who set up monitoring devices throughout the industrial park and nearby areas after the blast, said Thursday that heavy wind had created favorable condition for toxic air to dissipate.

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Chinese Chemical Plant Blast: 47 People Killed and Dozens Injured in China's Worst Industrial Accidents in Years
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