Thursday 13 August 2015

"Was this a Nuclear Explosion?" .... or an exploding Nuclear Power Plant?

Further to my report last night about the massive explosion in Tianjin China, reports are now flooding in asking the same question:  Was this nuclear?

New Video footage in the South China Post News show other views of the explosion from different vantage points.  But the most telling was a picture posted on social media that made me go searching for more information about Tianjin City this morning.  The picture was of a Nuclear power plant In Tianjin.... a very large nuclear power plant:

Steam rises from cooling towers at the Junliangcheng power station in Tianjin, China. In his agreement last week with President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and turn to renewable sources for 20 percent of the country’s energy. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Nuclear Desalination

(Updated August 2015)
  • Potable water is in short supply in many parts of the world. Lack of it is set to become a constraint on development in some areas.
  • Nuclear energy is already being used for desalination, and has the potential for much greater use.
  • Nuclear desalination is generally very cost-competitive with using fossil fuels. "Only nuclear reactors are capable of delivering the copious quantities of energy required for large-scale desalination projects" in the future (IAEA 2015).

.....In March 2013 the National Development and Reform Commission announced new plans for seawater desalination, including for the cities of Shenzhen and Zhoushan, Luxixiang Island in Zhejiang Province, Binhai New Area in Tianjin, Bohai New Area in Hebei, and several industrial parks and companies. The cost is likely to be some CNY 21 billion ($3.35 billion). China aims to produce 2.2 million m3/day of desal water by 2015, more than three times the 2011 level. More than half of the freshwater channelled to islands and more than 15% of water delivered to coastal factories will come from the sea by 2015, according to the plan.

So what do we know?  We know that the purported explosion too place in Tianjin China, in the Binhai New Area.  We know that the videos show what looks like a nuclear blast.  We now know that there are several Nuclear powered plants in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin China.  We have seen the pictures of devastation from the explosion....

What do we know?  What do we suspect?   I know what I strongly suspect...


‘Is this a nuclear bomb?’: drone captures apocalyptic scenes in Tianjin, China, after industrial explosions

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 August, 2015, 12:02pm

Taking on the look of a war zone or apocalyptic film, the gutted remains of an industrial area in Tianjin, China. Photo: Beijing Youth Daily

In the aftermath of deadly explosions at a chemicals warehouse, parts of Tianjin city in China looked like scenes from an apocalyptic film or a war zone, with destroyed buildings and homes, torched cars and pillars of thick smoke.
Testament to the devastation, eyewitnesses compared the strength of the blasts to military bombs. “Our building is shaking. Is this an atomic bomb?” a frenzied voice is heard saying in amateur footage posted on YouTube from what appeared to be an apartment building some distance away from the Binhai New Area, the epicentre.
The clip showed fire shooting into the night sky from the initial blast when the second, much bigger, explosion rocked the area, sending a huge fireball into the air. Seconds later, the apartment building is seen violently shaking.
In another amateur video which appears to be shot closer to the scene, people scream from inside a car as the shockwave hits from the second blast, rocking their vehicle.
A photographer from the Beijing Youth Daily captured the chilling aftermath at ground zero, with a cluster of industrial buildings in Binhai reduced to ashes and piles of smoking debris. The blasts were powerful enough to crumple shipping containers and flatten nearby warehouses into twisted pieces of sheet metal.
Shell-shocked residents posted photos of their homes, with unhinged doors and collapsed ceilings.

China shuts down space supercomputer damaged by shockwaves of deadly Tianjin blasts

The Tianhe-1, the world’s fastest supercomputer in 2010, still remains operational, but has been switched off over safety concerns, Xinhua report

China's Tianhe-1 supercomputer weighs 150 tonnes and covers an area of 1,000 square metres. Photo: Xinhua

China has shut down one of its fastest supercomputers used in the nation’s space programme after it was damaged in Wednesday night’s deadly blasts in the northeastern Chinese port of Tianjin .

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