The explosion which struck the Chinese city of Tianjin in August 2015 was certainly not the first of its kind, but it was by far the most devastating. The improper storage of hazardous materials can result in explosions that cause enormous damage over a large radius.
Massive explosions shook the Chinese city of Tianjin in the late evening of 12 August 2015. The two most violent blasts ripped a huge crater in the ground, unleashing energy equal to that of earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.3 and 2.9 respectively. According to the official investigation report by the Chinese authorities, the explosive force was equivalent to that of almost 450 tonnes of TNT. The mushroom cloud rose several hundred metres into the sky.
Fire spreads to fertilisers
Chemicals stored in the warehouses at the time of the explosion
One of the largest man-made losses in Asia
Property insurance or marine insurance?
Tianjin is not an isolated case
Business interruption – An underestimated risk
Airborne assessment of the loss