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Oil Pipeline Explosion in Qingdao, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Qingdao oil pipeline explosion.

picture of Qingdao Hangdao zone explosion scene

An oil pipeline explosion occurred in the Chinese city of Qingdao last Friday…

From Phoenix Online:

On the Scene of the Qingdao Hangdao District Explosion

Shandong Province Qingdao Development Zone Pipeline Leak and Explosion Has Already Killed 35 People — According to the latest statistics from the fire and health department, as of 17:40 of the 22nd, the Shandong Province Qingdao Development Zone (namely Huangdao District) oil pipeline leak and explosion has already caused 35 deaths, 166 injured [as of 5pm on the 23rd, 52 dead, 136 hospitalized], and other casualties still being confirmed. What exploded was the Sinopec storage and transportation branch underground pipeline from the Huangdao oil depot to Weifang city during urgent repairs this morning.

Photo of the explosion scene.

Photo of the explosion scene.

Photo of victims’ body.

Photo of victims’ bodies.

Photo of victims’ bodies.

Photo of a victim’s limb.

Photo of a victim’s limb.

Photo of the surface of the road turned over in the explosion.

Photo of the surface of the road turned over in the explosion.

Photo of the oil flows into water from the leakage.

Photo of the oil leaking into the water.

Photo of medical workers carrying injured persons.

Photo of medical workers carrying an injured person.

Photo of the scene, firefighters coming to rescue.

Photo of the scene.

Photo of the scene, firefighters rushing to the rescue.

Photo of a victim's body.

Photo of a victim’s body.

Photo of the smoke taken by a netizen on plane.

Photo of the thick smoke captured by a netizen on a plane.

Photo of the smoke float to Qingdao city center.

Photo of the thick smoke floating towards Qingdao city center.

victims sent to hospital.

According to the Qingdao University Medical College Affiliated Huangdao Branch Hospital, 48 injured people were sent to the hospital, with 1 dead and 5 severely injured. The hospital has devoted their entire efforts to treating the injured. In addition, the Qingdao University Medical College Affiliated Huangdao Branch Hospital has also sent 20 medical personnel to bolster the rescue efforts.

Photo of hospital ready for receiving patience.

Photo of hospital waiting to receive patients.

Photo of medical workers carrying injured persons.Photo of medical workers carrying injured persons.

Photo of medical workers carrying injured persons.

Photo of families of the victims.

Photo of the families of the victims.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

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Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene. 

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photo of Qingdao oil pipeline explosion scene.

Photos of the scene.

Comments from Phoenix Online:

凤凰网山东省网友:手机用户

Who will take responsibility for this?

凤凰网安徽省网友:凤凰网友

The consequence of sins! Stop spending all your time on drinking/dining, on corruption, and on your mistresses. Focus more on safety, staff safety education, and engineering safety checks. You people have made the country lose so many innocent lives, so much money. Aren’t you ashamed? Are you serving the people? You are simply serving yourselves! The moths of the country!

凤凰网广东省网友:手机用户

Just what are people in the nation’s safety inspection departments doing? The lost of citizens’ lives and property, just who will come take responsibility? May the people nearby be safe!

凤凰网福建省福州市网友:fjcl7101

I mourn our innocent dead compatriots!
As we eagerly question the cause of the accident, I’d also like to ask the “related departments”: Just how many “invisible explosions” like this are buried in our living environment?!

凤凰网江苏省网友:凤凰网友 (responding to above)

They’re not going to tell you.

凤凰网广东省茂名市网友:凤凰网友

Heavens! Too horrible to look at! Just put into operation in August and already an explosion in November. Just who is responsible for the safety here, this must be thoroughly investigated, and the troublemaker ferreted out. May the deceased ascend to heaven! May the injured recover soon! May the masses use this as a lesson to avoid future accidents.

凤凰网湖北省十堰市网友:手机用户

Only knowing to raise prices everyday! This is what state-owned enterprises are like!

凤凰网广西南宁市网友:凤凰网友

Picture No. 21, such a big cement slab completely crushing a head, and it’s only a serious injury???

凤凰网广东省网友:手机用户

Such a factory just shouldn’t be built in an urban area.

凤凰网美国网友:手机用户

There is bound to be a high casualty toll, somebody must be held responsible for this.

凤凰网河北省石家庄市网友:凤凰网友

May the dead rest in peace and injured recover soon. Determine the cause of the accident and investigate responsibility. Learn a lesson from it to avoid such an accident happening again.

凤凰网山东省青岛市网友:凤凰网友

Is the [number of] casualties reliable?

凤凰网广东省网友:凤凰网友 (responding to above)

This is already a major accident, even the mayor is probably going to be investigated for responsibility.

凤凰网湖南省湘西州吉首市网友:yijiecf

Planned births, random deaths.

凤凰网浙江省杭州市网友:jxcr123

Such a devastating explosion scene, similar to that of a nuclear explosion, did the gas pipeline repair crew operate in accordance with safety rules and regulations, and did they have a hazard contingency plan beforehand? This was definitely a human disaster [caused by human error]! Who will take responsibility for this?

凤凰网江苏省网友:凤凰网友

It won’t be the fault of a “temporary worker” again, will it? Responsibility must be pursued seriously. Sinopec’s upper management cannot be exempted from liability!

凤凰网中国网友:手机用户

My house. Just how much longer can we survive! All the glass in my house was shattered.

凤凰网广东省深圳市网友:凤凰网友

The power of an atomic bomb.

凤凰网广东省网友:手机用户

Be safe Qingdao, may Qingdao be safe.

凤凰网江苏省网友:手机用户

How many people have died?

凤凰网北京市网友:唐玉峰

Hopefully, the information from the report is real!

凤凰网四川省成都市网友:lucas26

Luckily I resigned long ago from the chemical factory, otherwise…

凤凰网天津市网友:手机用户

This shabby/shoddy chemical factory, it would’ve been strange if it didn’t have an accident.

凤凰网广东省珠海市网友:凤凰网友

Gas prices are going to go up yet again, and yet again a scapegoat will be gallantly sacrificed.

The following microblog post is by Chinese internet celebrity 作业本 (“Workbook”, “Exercise Book”, “Homework Booklet”, or “Assignment Booklet”), real name Sun Jie, who has over 7.1m followers. It is currently the second hottest microblog post of the week on China’s popular Sina Weibo social network, having been reshared over 105k times with over 52k comments and 37k upvotes…

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From Sina Weibo:

@作业本: Today, 2013 November 22, the beautiful seaside Qingdao city development zone experienced an explosion, and 35 strangers we have never met have forever left this world. Amongst them were street peddlers, pedestrians, pregnant mothers… They were strangers running around to make a living just like you and I. Tonight, no matter where you are, please light a candle for them, and may they be in a candle-lit heaven where they can forget their sorrows… 蜡烛

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