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.
Comments from NetEase:
My god protect Taiwan! Hope lives weren’t lost/hurt!
Good job, editor/compiler [of the photos], doing this late in the night. Hope everything is well with our compatriots.
May our compatriots be safe and sound!
My god, what a year of disasters and calamities! A moment of silence.
Too TM dangerous, can’t even sleep soundly anymore. Firefighters, be careful/take care of yourselves!
Stay strong, our compatriots, here let us first have a cigarette.
A moment of silence for our compatriots.
Condolences to the departed.
Casualties? Hope not too many.
Hope the best for our compatriots.
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].
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.
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!
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.
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: