Two massive explosions took place in the northern port city of Tianjin, China on Wednesday.
A shipment of explosives being held at a petrol storage station reportedly went up in flames with a deafening bang, lighting up the sky and sending dust dozens of meters off into the distance.
Houses standing miles away were shaken to their foundations, and the plumes of flame reached as high as some of the nearby high-rise buildings.
Between three and four hundred people were transported to the Tianjin harbor hospital after the incident. Once emergency numbers were overwhelmed with calls, some of the injured had to arrive on foot.
Staff at the hospital reported that the emergency department was overrun, and that they were desperately trying to contact their full team of doctors.
“The hospital cannot count how many patients we have received – there are too many of them and many of them have burn injuries.”
Out of the six firefighting teams sent to contain the blaze, six people were injured. Two others are currently missing.
There have been no reported deaths so far, and we hope it remains that way.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tianjin at this time.