UPDATE (March 23, 2019 at 4.31pm CST): The death toll is now at 62, with only 26 of the deceased having been identified as of Friday night, according to Global Times. Twenty eight people are still missing and 36 are critically wounded. Click here to read the latest updates.
UPDATE (March 22, 2019 at 2.06pm CST): The death toll has now reached 47 along with 90 victims wounded.
UPDATE (March 21, 2019 at 7.50pm CST): At 7pm, Yancheng Municipal Committee confirmed on Weibo that the explosion had caused six deaths and 30 serious injuries.
A massive explosion occurred at a chemical factory in Yancheng, Jiangsu province on Thursday, March 21 at 2pm. The blast took place at Cheng Jia Gang Chemical Park.
According to Beijing Youth Daily, the explosion involved the chemical substance benzene and a piece of machinery inside the factory. By 3.50pm CST, victims from the accident were being transported to a nearby hospital; however, no additional details have been revealed in regards to the explosion or the number of victims involved.
Nearby residents told a Beijing Youth Daily reporter that their windows had shattered after the explosion went off. Four people were sent to the hospital after suffering lacerations from the shattered glass.
China Earthquake Administration released a Weibo post at 3pm on Thursday recording a 2.2-magnitude earthquake occurring in Lianyungang, Jiangsu. It’s not clear as of press time whether the two events are related.
Watch below to see footage of the explosion and aftermath (VPN off):
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[Cover image via @玄同懒懒/Weibo]