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At least 47 killed, over 600 injured in explosion in China

March 23, 2019

In an massive explosion that triggered an earthquake in China, at least 47 people lost their lives and more than 600 were injured yesterday.

As per reports, the explosion took place at a chemical factory in Yancheng city. The explosion was so powerful that it caused a 2.2-magnitude earthquake. As a result around 16 other structures in the vicinity were also damaged.

The 640 people injured include children and around 32 are said to be in very critical condition. The injured are being treated at 16 different local hospitals.

The cause of the fire is being investigated. The chemical plant is involved in the production of some highly flammable compounds and had been accused of violating safety norms in the past.

This is not the first such large scale industrial accident in China. In 2015, 165 people were killed in a series of explosions that took place at a chemical warehouse in city of Tianjin.

The loss of lives in the explosion has shocked the world and many people shared their views on social media.

NEPALFOX â"¢@Nepalfox tweeted,Replying to @SCMPNews This is #Chinese monkey business. Corrupt government oversight and equally corrupt business practices. #china

Curtislund‏ @Curtislund2 Replying to @cnnbrk tweeted,Was it poor working conditions. We know their factories get away with some sh**. We will never know for sure. Right?

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