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Tianjin Cyanide Poisoning Fears Surface With Tons of Dead Fish

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Dead fish float along the shore of Haihe River Dam on Thursday in Tianjin, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress / ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 21 Aug 2015 12:05 PM

Tons of dead fish floating on waters around Tianjin, a Chinese port city that last week experienced two massive chemical explosions, have raised concerns that cyanide poisoning from the blasts has spread to the waters.

Sodium cyanide levels in the city were as much as 356 times greater than what is considered safe, CNN reported Thursday. Although initially Chinese officials said the water contained no cyanide contamination, photos of the dead fish raised concerns that chemical hazards from the explosion had spread into the water.

More than 100 people were killed in the explosions, and many more were injured or displaced from their homes as the toxic chemical cloud caused by the explosions spread, CNN said. About 17,000 homes were damaged and 3,000 cars destroyed in the explosion; the city has a population of about 15 million.

Quoting the People’s Daily, a Chinese newspaper, ABC News said the Tianjin Environmental Monitoring Center will be investigating the fish deaths and determining a cause, which will be announced as soon as possible.

The two explosions last week that devastated much of Tianjin’s industrial area occurred at a warehouse full of hazardous and flammable chemicals. Specialists have been on site since then to determine the impact, both short-term and long-term, on the environment,

The China Earthquake Networks Centre told BBC the first explosion was equal to about three tons of TNT exploding, while the second equaled about 21 tons. That second explosion was picked up by satellites orbiting Earth, and a Chinese site, Cnbeta, published photos online of the sudden flare that appeared.

About 700 tons of cyanide was involved in the explosion; when burned or dissolved in water, it becomes hydrogen cyanide, which is extremely poisonous, BBC said.

HazardEx, a journal for businesses that deal with hazardous substances, reported that four fires broke out in Tianjin on Friday, and emergency personnel were working to contain them. The website also said that although Tianjin officials had declared the city’s drinking water safe, Chinese media sources said cyanide levels in the ocean waters were found to be as much as 277 times above safe levels.

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Tons of dead fish floating on waters around Tianjin, a Chinese port city that last week experienced two massive chemical explosions, have raised concerns that cyanide poisoning from the blasts has spread to the waters.
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