One report states that 700 tons of sodium cyanide had been stored in the warehouse where the explosion occurred, (Source) and that 10 hospitals are treating patients.
Above: Image released by Japan Meteorological Agency. The white dot in the centre is apparently the explosion, visible from space.
Sodium cyanide is used primarily in the gold mining industry. "Niche uses: Being highly toxic, sodium cyanide is used to kill or stun rapidly such as in widely illegal cyanide fishing and in collecting jars used by entomologists."
The drone footage shows your location to be correct.
Thanks. Actually, I had added that video to my placemark, so I was pretty sure I was in the correct place. By the time I had finished the placemark, the BBC site that I quoted from and linked to added the image below, which cinched the deal.
just now I have bumped into this one, checked archive GE imagery*, still I sit jaws dropped... it is insane! in a 2-300 meters distance from the center of the explosion cargo containers were thrown 30 meters away..., total destruction!
*set your GE time-slider to 5/7/2015, then -with two quick clicks- jump to 8/22/2015 (some 10 days after the disaster)
moving forward in time also we can see the recontruction of the site as it became a nice, green (memorial?) park.
p.s. to mods and admins:
sub-board title should be altered as "Current Events and Aftermaths" ...(: (!?)
Some things need a bump, syzygy. That's quite a sight. Imagine how much merchandise was in those containers. It's good to start at 5/6/2015 and compare to the destruction on 8/21/2018. I am really surprised that there aren't a lot of photos of it.
syzygy: ...even a proboards admin may find pleasure, browsing our stuff... ( :
Jan 6, 2021 16:42:53 GMT
frankmcvey: Hi, syzygy, that was a false alarm, old friend - it was caused by a Proboards admin accessing the forum to investigate forum ownership after Steve's passing. You may see TheLedge appear again from time to time, while while we continue handover/takeover.
Jan 6, 2021 10:36:11 GMT
syzygy: Anyone is that, I hope they find pleasure, browsing our stuff!
Jan 5, 2021 21:19:01 GMT
frankmcvey: Who's in on Steve Tromans accout - is that you Mel?
Jan 3, 2021 22:57:43 GMT
syzygy: Rest In Peace Steve - The Ledge, now take your seat amongst Angels of the GE Community! Thanks for all you did for us! See you out there!
Dec 3, 2020 18:53:41 GMT
syzygy: only you have to select a category and click on the "Create Thread" button on the upper rigth.
Nov 5, 2020 15:33:51 GMT
colin: Have been "playing around" trying to find a place to enter a question for help. Cannot find how to do it, and as I am well past my sell-by date, I shall now give up.
Nov 1, 2020 11:15:59 GMT
colin: I cannot find the place to enter my question or start a thread.
Nov 1, 2020 10:14:33 GMT
colin: I have just joined and would like to ask for help.
Nov 1, 2020 10:13:41 GMT
colin: I have just registered.
Nov 1, 2020 10:13:16 GMT
diane9247: shadowdragon - I am really impressed by the scope of your project! It will take me some time to understand at least a portion of it. Thank you for your contribution to the forum!
Oct 13, 2020 11:47:24 GMT
anantharam: wonderful !! you are amazing everything worked out perfect . just, if possible, can you make some STOL planes like the twin otter? please? that would make flying to remote airfields and airstrips and airports like lukla and coucheville a LOT easier .
Sept 26, 2020 17:18:34 GMT
shadowdragon: GRAND TOUR OVERLAY RELEASED!!! It is in the "Other Places" section of the forum!
Sept 11, 2020 21:23:29 GMT
shadowdragon: Grand Tour Overlay finished. I absolutely love this massive planetary overlay set! It's like they are actual fully functional globes from Google! Will upload in a few days.
Sept 10, 2020 1:32:26 GMT