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Drone footage shows scale of damage after China explosions

Drone footage from above the site of yesterday's China explosions has shown the scale of damage caused by two blasts in the city of Tianjin's warehouse district.

In the footage, posted on the El Regional newspaper's YouTube channel, fires can be seen burning in the midst of burnt out buildings and explosion wreckage as black smoke billows into the sky.

Report: Fires still burning 24 hours after China explosions

Fires are reportedly still burning in the aftermath of a series of explosions in China's Tianjin tonight - more than 24 hours after the blasts shook the city.

The country's Xinhua News Agency reported that emergency rescue services were racing against the clock to contain fires in the warehouse district of the city and to find any remaining survivors.

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Moment explosions shook Chinese city caught on camera

The dramatic moment the Chinese city of Tianjin was shaken by a series of explosions has emerged.

Dan Van Duren captured the blasts on video camera as flames shot up over the city skyline:

At least 50 people were reportedly killed in yesterday's blasts and as many as 700 are believed to have been injured.

More images emerge showing aftermath of China blasts

More images have emerged today showing the city of Tianjin, China, in the aftermath of a series of huge explosions that killed 50 and injured hundreds more.

Burnt out cars near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, indicate scale of explosion Credit: REUTERS/Jason Lee
The explosions in the warehouse district of Tianjin resulted in a reported 50 deaths and many injuries Credit: REUTERS/Jason Lee
Makeshift shelters have been set up for residents who were affected by the blasts Credit: REUTERS/Jason Lee

Aerial image shows devastation after Tianjin explosions

An aerial image of the warehouse area in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin shows the scale of the devastation after two huge explosions ripped through the area yesterday.

The country's Xinhua News Agency tweeted a picture shot from above the scene of the explosions showing burnt out building shells and black smoke billowing into the air:

Tianjin explosion: Company had failed safety inspection

The company which owned the warehouse at the heart of two huge explosions which ripped through a port district in China failed a safety inspection two years ago, local media has reported.

Pictures have emerged showing the scale of the devastation Credit: Reuters

It comes as pictures emerge of the devastation caused by the explosions and fires in Tianjin.

Xinhua News Agency identified Ruihai Logistics as the firm which owned the storage unit - and according to a report posted by the Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration in January last year, five of the 4,325 containers checked at the site failed to meet safety standards.

The explosions left at least 50 dead and hundreds more injured Credit: Reuters

The main problem was inappropriate 'danger' labelling, the report added, but did not go into further detail on the matter.

Ruihai Logistics describes itself as a government-approved firm specialising in handling "dangerous goods", and had been inspected along with four other companies operating in the region.

A nearby metro station was also destroyed Credit: Reuters

Government-backed newspaper China Daily added that the company's manager had been detained by police, though this information has not been independently verified.

Firefighters are still battling to put out the blaze. Officials say until the danger is over, the cause of the blasts - which left at least 50 dead and hundreds more injured - cannot be established.

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Death toll from Tianjin explosions hits 50; 700 injured

The death toll from two massive explosions which ripped through an dangerous chemicals storage area in the Chinese port city of Tianjin has hit 50, the local government has said.

In its Weibo microblog, the Tianjin city authority said more than 700 others had been injured in the blasts - 71 of whom are in a critical condition.

'High levels' of toxic fumes travel 500m from blast site

High levels of toxic pollutants have been detected in the air up to 500 metres from the scene of two huge explosions in China, local media has reported.

Toxic fumes have been detected up to 500m away from the blast site Credit: RTV

The Xinhua News Agency said rescuers had found a significant of SO2 sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and various nitrogen-oxides in the surrounding areas of Tianjin city.

Twelve temporary monitoring stations have reportedly been set up near the blast site, in Binhai new district, to monitor air quality as hundreds of firefighters battle to beat back the flames.

Authorities in Beijing - around 150km away - have denied rumours claiming clouds of noxious gases were headed for the capital, saying wind direction was pushing the fumes out over the Bohai sea instead.

At a press conference earlier, city officials revealed more than 6,000 people had been evacuated had were expected to be housed in emergency shelters tonight.

'Still risk of more explosions' at China industrial site

There is still a risk of further explosions at an industrial site in China, where two huge blasts left at least 44 people dead, officals have warned.

Two explosions left at least 44 people dead Credit: Instagram/china_abcd

The country's Xinhua News Agency reported 21 people are still missing after the explosions ripped through the site in the port city of Tianjin yesterday, killing dozens and leaving hundreds more badly injured.

Port authorities have now stopped all chemical and oil tankers from entering or leaving the harbour, one crew member revealed. It is not known when loading will be able to resume.

Four large hotspots still burning after China explosions

Aerial footage from the scene of two huge explosions in China show four large areas of fire still burning after yesterday's blasts.

Aerial footage shows four areas still burning Credit: RTV

Firefighters at the scene have said each of the hotspots are around 100 metres square, but while the flames are still spreading officials say they believe it will be completely extinguished before sunset.

At least 44 people were killed and hundreds more injured when the explosions ripped through the industrial area, which housed dangerous chemicals and gases.

Authorities say they hope to have extinguished the fire by sunset

More than 130 fire engines and 60 crews have been sent to battle the flames.

The images show charred containers littered around the blast sites, as search and rescue teams continue the hunt for those still missing.

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