China has managed to keep tight control over news coming out of Tianjin thus far, but that doesn’t mean that a little misinformation hasn’t managed to leak through.
Earlier today, the China Meteorological Administration responded to rumors spread on Weibo and WeChat that the noxious fumes from the Tianjin explosions would soon be carried by wind to Beijing and cause the city even more air quality problems than usual.
Chief Meteorologist Li Xiaoquan set the record straight saying that winds have been coming from a west and southwesterly direction meaning that the dangerous gases will float harmlessly to the Bohai Sea… and then possibly later to Korea. Umm… that’s a relief?
Exactly what pollutants have been released into the air isn’t yet known. But obviously it is massively important to find out, even if they won’t be floating over Beijing.
Concern seems to have shifted from what caused the Tianjin blast to what chemicals might have been released in the explosion and aftermath.
— Jeremiah Jenne (@GraniteStudio) August 13, 2015
Journalists from Thepaper.cn report that the air at the blast site is toxic and caused them to start vomiting https://t.co/XaDIz5AjQk
— isabella steger (@stegersaurus) August 13, 2015
Amid concerns about air quality in #Tianjin, local reports are that air quality recordings are "normal" at 5 monitoring stations there
— Matt Simon (@MSimonTV) August 12, 2015
People on the scene in Tianjin: what's known about chemicals-in-air situation? Seeing warnings about cyanide pic.twitter.com/3aIR1ZjAga
— Matthew Sheehan (@mattsheehan88) August 13, 2015