Residents in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin are fleeing their homes fearing an “earthquake” after a massive explosion on Wednesday night.
China’s Xinhua News Service tweeted:
Residents flee home fearing "an earthquake" after a blast rocks N China's Tianjin. casualties unknown yet. pic.twitter.com/xNUJvDRKIb
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 12, 2015
Cell phone videos are appearing online:
— Ray Kwong (@raykwong) August 12, 2015
— Matt Simon (@MSimonTV) August 12, 2015
A Reddit thread in the /r/China community claimed that the blast was a gas explosion that went off by the docks in Tianjin’s harbor.
Raw Story is attempting to verify this and will report more details as they become available.