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Taiwan Kaohsiung Gas Pipeline Explosions, Chinese Reactions

Deadly gas pipeline explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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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.

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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:

Written by Fauna

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