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Shandong Petrochemical Plant Explosion: 8 Dead, 9 Injured (Updated)

A huge explosion at a Shandong petrochemical plant that occurred in the early morning of June 5 has left one person dead and at least nine people injured.

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A huge explosion at a Shandong petrochemical plant that occurred in the early morning of June 5 has left one 8 persons dead and at least nine people injured.

A large explosion in a petrochemical plant rocked the city of Linyi (临沂市), Shandong, on Monday. According to Chinese media, the incident has left one 8 persons dead and nine others injured. One of the injured is in critical condition. The blast occurred in the Linyi Economic & Technology Development Area around 1 AM.

According to several Chinese media, seven persons are still missing.

Firefighters at the site of the Linyi explosions.

The incident reportedly happened during a fuel tanker’s process of unloading.

On Weibo, the explosions are referred to as the “6.5 Blasts” (“6.5 爆炸”). Various social media reports say the effects of the explosions could be felt kilometers from the plant site. One person from Linyi said he saw the sky turn red: “I thought it was an earthquake.”

Some people who live in the vicinity of the plant are asking on Weibo when it is safe for them to return to their homes.

The petrochemical factory where the explosion occurred is Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (临沂金誉石化有限公司), which was established in June of 2016. About 200 people work at the factory. It is not yet known how many staff members were present when the blast occurred. The person in charge of running the company has now been detained.

The location of the Jinyu plant where the explosions occurred. (Image via Google Maps.)

China has the largest chemicals industry in the world. Over the past few year, there have been multiple reports of accidents and blasts at industrial plants. In August of 2015, an enormous explosion took place at a power plant in the harbor city of Tianjin, injuring hundreds of people and leaving 170 people dead. Chinese authorities have since vowed to improve safety at such facilities.

Note: We previously shared a video of an explosion here that was published by Chinese state media People’s Daily on Sina Weibo today, reporting about the Shandong Linyi explosions. This video, however, shows the Tianjin explosions of 2015. Apologies for any confusion. On Weibo, netizens respond: “People’s Daily, what? This is false, this is the video of the Tianjin Binhai explosion, it’s been on my phone for two years already.” Others also commented on the video, but People’s Daily has not removed it yet. The current featured video on this page does show the footage of the Linyi site.

By Manya Koetse

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Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Sends Shock Waves through Wenling, Zhejiang

A major oil tanker explosion has left over a hundred people injured and at least ten dead in Wenling, Zhejiang.

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On June 13, the explosion of an oil tanker truck has caused chaos in the city of Wenling in China’s Zhejiang province, leaving at least 112 127 people injured and nine 10 people dead.

The explosion took place in the afternoon at approximately 16:40 near the exit of the G15 Shenhai highway, causing a loud bang and wrecking some homes in the vicinity.

The hashtag “Zhejiang Wenling Tanker Wagon Explosion” (#浙江温岭槽罐车爆炸#) and other related hashtags (#浙江温岭一油罐车爆炸#) are attracting millions of views on social media site Weibo on Saturday evening (local time), with Chinese media and netizens sharing the footage of the damage caused by the explosion.

“My god, this is so scary,” a typical comment on Weibo says, with many people expressing their shock over the major incident.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently still at the scene to assist victims and clear away the wreckage caused by the explosion.

On Saturday night around 21:15 local time, Chiense state media outlet CCTV was still broadcasting a live stream through Weibo showing the latest images and footage of the situation and interviewing injured people in the hospital.

Local authorities and Chinese media are warning people not to go near Wenling’s Daxi to keep the roads clear for rescue workers.

Meanwhile, people on Chinese social media are spreading praying emoji’s and candles, expressing their sympathies for the victims of today’s explosion.

By Manya Koetse

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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