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Photos show aftermath of Tianjin blast shockwave

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Videos of the gigantic explosions that rocked the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin have been shared around the globe. Now images are emerging of the damage caused by the shockwave several kilometres away from the site.

Residents of Tianjin and its neighbouring towns have shared many photos online of their homes or offices, showing blown out windows and scattered furniture. It looks like an earthquake hit them, which is not far from the truth – the blasts set off seismic recording instruments 160 kilometres away in Beijing, which recorded the activity as being similar to two small earthquakes followed by one big one.

The following photos, all taken within a 2 km radius from the port, were shared by local WeChat users.

Many windows were shattered:

These elevator doors were bent:

Ceiling tiles collapsed in offices.