Taiwan Kaohsiung Gas Pipeline Explosions, Chinese Reactions

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From NetEase:

Gas Chain Explosion in Taiwan’s Gaoxiong [Kaohsiung] Causes Many Dead and Injured

2014 August 1, a gas explosion accident occurred in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung very late at night. It is a gas pipeline explosion, with explosions occurring along over three streets into town. At present, in addition to the three already known streets, Ruilong and Ersheng roads have also been said to have had explosions. As it is understood, when the explosions happened, many people were even sent flying by the power of the blast. Currently, these have caused 25 dead and 267 injured.

WARNING: Below is a sample of the 77 images currently included in this NetEase photo gallery (it was updated with additional photos over time). Some include images of bodies that may be disturbing to certain viewers. Discretion advised.

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Comments from NetEase:

网易广东省佛山市手机网友 ip:116.20.*.*

My god protect Taiwan! Hope lives weren’t lost/hurt!

网易北京市手机网友 ip:114.132.*.*

Good job, editor/compiler [of the photos], doing this late in the night. Hope everything is well with our compatriots.

社会哈咧 [网易湖南省手机网友]:

May our compatriots be safe and sound!

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 ip:27.46.*.*

My god, what a year of disasters and calamities! A moment of silence.

网易山东省烟台市手机网友 ip:112.237.*.*

Too TM dangerous, can’t even sleep soundly anymore. Firefighters, be careful/take care of yourselves!

网易广东省东莞市手机网友 ip:113.105.*.*

Stay strong, our compatriots, here let us first have a cigarette.

红烧肉送蛋炒饭 [网易重庆市手机网友]:

A moment of silence for our compatriots.

Rolling coverage.

一般不让显示 [网易西班牙手机网友]:

Condolences to the departed.

网易海南省文昌市手机网友 ip:59.49.*.*

Casualties? Hope not too many.

暮光之国 [网易陕西省西安市手机网友]:

Hope the best for our compatriots.

统一100 [网易湖南省网友]:

If the same thing happened in the mainland, [the comments] would be full of cursing [anger, blame]. May the people in Taiwan be safe and sound.

点死穴 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]: (responding to above)

The above commenter is being too extreme.
This incident in Taiwan is a failure in safety, and someone must take responsibility for it, without it being left unresolved [and no one is held culpable]. Human life is beyond value, and the Taiwanese populace will naturally investigate it thoroughly.
Last night a Changzhou chemical factory had an explosion, but all of a sudden news about it stopped. Is it because the [domestic] national media like to pretend everything is well? Is it that domestic incidents aren’t worth worrying about? Is it because our citizens don’t care? Or are there people who don’t want to be held accountable? Maybe it is all of them, and it is this phenomenon that is the reason everyone [in mainland China] would be cursing [being angry, complaining, being critical].

网易安徽省滁州市网友 [波塞冬de鱼叉]:

Look, at Taiwan’s lousy crappy streets.
Any third-tier city in China would put them to shame.
Taiwan, just return to the arms of your mother.
A child without its mother is just a blade of grass [nothing].
A child with its mother is a treasure.

Taiwan? I laugh.
If it weren’t for the mainland, it would’ve been over long ago.
China is the boss of East Asia, no boast.

彭立平 [网易广东省手机网友]: (responding to above)

Made stupid by Xinwen Lianbo, right?

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 [我想找个家]: (also responding to 波塞冬de鱼叉)

The above commenter is a stupid cunt and this needs no explanation!

jengguk999 [网易山东省青岛市手机网友]: (responding to above)

This child has never been outside of the country, everyday being brainwashed in the mainland, so [his comments] can be understood.

网易山西省阳泉市手机网友 ip:124.166.*.*

Condolences.

aerson [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

An accident that occurred last night and already able to see reports about it this morning. When accidents occur here in the mainland, we have to wait three days before it can be reported!

网易安徽省合肥市网友 ip:220.178.*.*

The open reporting of information is the biggest [indication? triumph?] of democracy. 60 high-resolution photographs, without censorship, without cover-ups, without government leaders under umbrellas issuing orders, without armed police/militia dripping with sweat… This is the difference [between Taiwan and mainland China]. May our Taiwanese compatriots be safe and sound.

网易北京市手机网友 ip:61.51.*.* 2014-08-01 04:59:42 发表

Hope the Taiwanese people will stay strong, hope Brother Ma [Ma Ying-jeou?] will stay strong!!

The Taiwan gas pipeline explosions was also a trending topic on Chinese microblogging social network Sina Weibo.

Videos:

Below are two videos on NetEase capturing the explosions when they happened. The first one is surveillance footage of an alleyway:

This second video from an on-board video camera in a car, capturing the moment of an explosion at an intersection, the cutting off of electrical power in the area, and flames shooting out of manhole covers in the middle of the street:

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  • Dr Sun

    A terrible tragedy and loss of life

    天呐,真是多灾多难的一年,默哀!

    • YourSupremeCommander

      You mean “lives” Dr Sun?

      • Dr Sun

        Thanks, but was I talking in the singular, no.

        but thanks your concern with the loss of life is impressive, beyond your attempt at being a smart ass.

        Lets keep this about what counts.

        • YourSupremeCommander

          Dr sun what’s the matter, butt hurt and ashamed? I am sorry for pointing out 2nd grade English errors. But please do thank me.

          • Surfeit

            Many lives were lost, it was a terrible loss of life.

            You can’t count life. Simples.

      • HaakonKL

        Dr Suns’ grammer is corect.

        • YourSupremeCommander

          2 writes makes a wong

        • Surfeit

          Correct* E’EEE!

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Oh dam. I heard about this at work from a Taiwanese coworker, but there was only a single picture with an aerial angle of the road.

    I hope everything is contained and people can salvage as much as they can to return their lives to normal.

    • Surfeit

      Same boat; I heard about it but didn’t realise the devastation and tragedy.

  • Mighty曹

    Good to see compassionate comments among the mainlanders.

    • Dr Sun

      Surprising comment from you. Why would you think otherwise ?

      • mr.wiener

        I was honestly expecting a lot of gloating coments and was happy to see that not only were they wishing Taiwan well, they also rounded on that twit poster who tried to politicise this horrible accident.
        When I woke up yesterday I thought I was seeing pictures of Gaza.

      • Surfeit

        “Lets keep this about what counts.”

    • Surfeit

      Yeah I agree. We see many negative comments popularized on these pages, and in this instance I really don’t want to.

    • Insomnicide

      We’re not all heartless robots.

      Well, I’m not sure about the robot part.

    • hehehehh

      and what comments were you expecting exactly?

      • lacompacida

        Something like 波塞冬de鱼叉’s comment.

    • christina

      I was dreading clicking on this article, hoping fervently there wouldn’t be comments gloating over the tragedy (not because I think Chinese people are mean, but because the trolls and trash tend to converge on the internet) and I am glad to see there’s compassion and humanity yet amongst the majority of commenters.

    • Alan Dale Brown

      I hadn’t heard about the near-simultaneous factory explosion in Kunshan, China, until I saw a comment about it here. I went to Yahoo! News … it was somewhat buried, not a top story, even though 69 were dead. There were only 50 comments on the story, presumably mostly American, and relentlessly glib, some even cruel – very few showed sympathy. I’m guessing the original article was mostly seen by the trolls (the Taiwan explosion had good coverage in the US). But it basically showed the bad behavior you were fearing for this incident.

      There’s something about the internet that often brings out the worst in people, when it doesn’t – as it appears to be the case with the mainlander reaction to the Taiwan explosion – it’s encouraging.

  • Irvin

    Holy fuck! the botton video was surreal, it’s like watching a disaster movie or godzilla.

    • lacompacida

      But it is a video of a disaster. The real thing. Is this praising makers of disaster movies that they are so realistic, just like real disasters like this one ?

  • Insomnicide

    Condolences to those unfortunate people who were caught in the explosion. But I must say that the rest of the city was fortunate that the explosion occurred at late night.

    Had this happen during daytime…the consequences would be unimaginable. Hopefully Taiwanese authorities will be diligent and swift in investigating the causes and issues.

  • lacompacida

    Why are they calling foreigners “compatriots” ?

    • Honibaz

      It’s a translation mistake. 同胞 is closer to “sibling” in the ethnic sense.

      • Kai

        I’m going to disagree here because it’s also about the feeling of Taiwanese ultimately being a fellow “countryman” in the sense of there being “One China” (if not as a de facto “country”, then as a “nation”) rather than just figurative ethnic “siblinghood”. Mainlanders use 同胞 more consistently with Taiwanese than they do with other ethnic Chinese diaspora. Figurative siblinghood is usually referred to with 兄弟 or 哥们/姐们 in my experience.

        • firebert5

          This is why there is more “interpretation” than “translation” between English and Chinese (and a number of other languages). Cultural differences tend to define certain things differently. Thanks by the way to all the translators for all the hard work on the articles.

    • Insomnicide

      Blood is thicker than water. In this case, an entire straight of water.

  • pink panda

    i do not no what to say!
    may a bit peace at least!

  • 500,000,000 years of history

    Similar to the explosion in Qingdao last year that killed 68 people. Some experts suggest it might have been caused by someone tossing a lit cigarette into a street-side water drain like you often see on the mainland. They are often mistakenly used as rubbish bins.

    • ClausRasmussen

      I am surprised that the Chinese commentors didn’t bring the Qingdao story up. Don’t they know about it ?

      • Kai

        I read some that did, on NetEase and elsewhere. It was pretty big news at the time so I think many many Chinese netizens do know about it.

      • 500,000,000 years of history

        Sad but maybe forgotten. I think about it often as it happened so near my home.

  • Smith_90125

    No words. The picture showing the entire street length torn up is astounding. At least we know it wasn’t terrorism.

    • Kai

      I made the dark humor joke with a friend wondering if anyone there at first thought the “commie mainlanders” were finally attacking. This is Kaohsiung after all. But as I said, dark humor joke.

  • B*tches, Leave

    Who cares? Let’s watch Game of Thrones or/and The Walking Dead – that’s what we really care about!

  • Cv

    Wow, bad gas pipe lines are no joke…. But I have to say in USA houses always blow up because of a gas leak. Hope families are well.

  • don mario

    the one guy saying taiwans streets looked shitty had half a point. they do look shitty but chinese streets are for the most part worse, and even the 1st tier citys do not look great. roughness is never far away, even from the nice places.

    • vincent_t

      Actually I was surprise when I have my 1st trip to Taiwan. Though the streets are clean, the building and most of the infrastructure are old with faded/ dust tainted painting. Most of them look never repainted nor refurbished since the 60’s.
      Sorry but hardware wise I would say the 1st tier cities in China are far better than Taiwan, even some 2nd line cities like Suzhou, Xiamen are better than them.

      • don mario

        As someone who has lived in both i gotta disagree. Taiwan is very unkempt and has a bit of a run down feel i agree. But things are better made and the poverty level is just not comparable to china. Chinas stuff is simply.. newer. The urban planning is always quite depressing and samey in china too. All the new areas feel souless. And all the commie style concrete feels opressing. At least in taiwan the citys have an organic vibe.

  • Kai

    Overwhelmingly no, and none that I’m aware of.

  • Ryo Saeba

    Directed by Michael Bay

  • Hank

    Notice how in the images it’s mostly civilians acting as first responders on the scene? Now imagine seeing that in a Chinese disaster; nope, there never existed one photo of injured people in China being carried/assisted by someone who is not in uniform. There are no more true Chinese people left in China, just a mob of nongming snot spraying heathens. All the cultured Chinese left long ago for the lands of Taiwan, Singapore, USA, etc.

    • Kai

      Don’t be stupid, of course there have been injured people in China being carried/assisted by people not in uniform, and photos of it too. Just look at cS’s archives if you can’t bother with actual Chinese media.

      Why would you even go out on a limb to say something as patently stupid as this?

      • YourSupremeCommander

        Man, we should invent a negative IQ scale just for him.

        • Surfeit

          It needs a name. I name it, ‘The negative IQ scale.’

          • Surfeit

            Na that’s a stupid thing to say. How about “I pulled ‘a Hank'”… huh?! huh?! TA’DAA!

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