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Gas explosion rocks Kaohsiung, Taiwan

A series of powerful gas explosions hit the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung late Thursday, killing at least 24 people and injuring up to 271. The blasts were concentrated in the Cianjhen district, and were believed to be triggered by gas (possibly propylene) leaking from underground pipelines.

Here are two early reports on the tragedy: BBC and AFP.

Update: Here is an astounding compilation of videos of the event and aftermath. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Taiwan.


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