Massive Explosion in China: Do We Know The Full Story?
Late Wednesday night, a massive explosion ripped through the city of Tianjin in northern China, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 700 others. Tianjin is China’s largest harbor and a very important region for commerce. The explosions took place at a warehouse known to store dangerous, toxic chemicals. Videos of the event show several huge fireballs shooting up into the air.
Several blocks of buildings were destroyed and thousands of nearby cars were completely burned out. The BBC stated that twelve firefighters are dead with at least 36 more still missing.The Xinhua news agency reports that President Xi Jinping promised an in-depth investigation and “transparent information disclosure to the public.” As of yet, no explanation for the cause of the explosion has been given.
Reuters reports that firefighters attempting to fight the initial fire may have exacerbated the situation by spraying water.
“The warehouse, designed to house dangerous and toxic chemicals, was storing mainly ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate and calcium carbide at the time of the blasts, according to police. The official Xinhua news agency has said several containers in the warehouse caught fire before the explosions.
Chemical safety experts said calcium carbide reacts with water to create acetylene, a highly explosive gas. An explosion could be caused if firefighters sprayed the calcium carbide with water, they said.”
While the Chinese government investigates the cause of the explosion, several other interesting situations are developing. Before reading any further, please remember that The Anti Media absolutely mourns the death of the innocent individuals caught up in this explosion. However, we also find it increasingly important to question the official narratives proposed by the corporate media and government authorities.
Following the explosion, it was reported by Xinhua News that one of China’s supercomputers was forced to shut down for safety reasons. Though Liu Guangming, director of the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, said the Tianhe-1A supercomputer was running smoothly and protected by a reinforced room, it was still temporarily shutdown. Tianhe-1A can perform 2.57 quadrillion computing operations per second and was recognized as the world’s fastest computing system in 2010.
This is interesting to note when taking into consideration that the U.S. government recently denied China access to technology needed to upgrade the Tianhe-2 supercomputer.
In April 2015, IEEE Spectrum reported:
“When China wanted to upgrade Tianhe-2, currently the world’s fastest supercomputer, it turned to U.S. chipmaker Intel. But the U.S. government has blocked Intel from helping with the tech upgrade and blacklisted several Chinese supercomputing centers over concerns for their involvement in nuclear weapons development. Experts warn that in the long run such a move may hurt the business of U.S. chipmakers and encourage China to speed up its homegrown chip development.
The U.S. Commerce Department initially denied Intel an export license for supplying chips to China’s supercomputing centers last fall, according to theWall Street Journal. The Commerce Department followed up by posting a notice on 18 February that listed the Chinese supercomputing centers as having been ‘involved in activities contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.’ Specifically, the notice cited those centers’ involvement in ‘nuclear explosive activities’ that could cover anything from research and development to testing.”
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