The Tianjin Explosion

A Sinica Podcast

Insurance scam? Industrial accident? Political machinations? After August excursions to lands of clean air and English-language media, the Sinica team is back this week with a show covering the astonishing explosions that gutted the Binhai economic development zone in Tianjin last week. As the Chinese government struggles to deal with public pressures for greater transparency and conspiracy theories mount, we take a closer look at what we know and don’t about the port explosion.


Tianjin Explosion | 2 Block Away | Closest Video | Over 200 Dead Estimated,” YouTube

Ground Zero,” Chublic Opinion, August 18, 2015

Rumors on social media claiming to be from the American Embassy:

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tianjin Chemical Explosions,” Embassy of the United States, August 17, 2015


Julie Makinen

Just How Tall Can Roller Coasters Get?” by Mekado Murphy, The New York Times, August 17, 2015

David Moser


Fergus Ryan

Tianjin: Unreal City, Real People,” by Matthew Stinson, Medium, August 16, 2015

Nuzzel app for following Twitter trends

Kaiser Kuo

A Day In The Life of China's First Cyber Dissident,” by Matt Sheehan, Huffington Post, August 5, 2015



The Tianjin Explosion

Thomas Kellogg, Kevin Slaten & more
Late in the evening on August 12, a massive chemical explosion shook the city of Tianjin. Days later, the death toll stands at 114 people, though that number is expected to rise as more of the dead are pulled from the rubble. Many of those killed...