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Four dead, 180 hurt in suspected gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Suspected gas leaks caused the ground to erupt in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, killing at least four and injuring almost 200
| Current Affairs News | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 7:17 pm

At least 180 people are injured and four dead following explosions in Kaohsiung city, south-west Taiwan.




Blasts occurred at both Kaisuan Road and Ersheng Road, and were felt in at least four areas of the city, according to Russia Today. Taiwan's United Daily News said 182 people were taken to hospital and at least four were killed, while the city's Fire Department said the injury toll is expected to rise.



More than 2.7 million people live in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's largest municipality by area, a port city and the second most populous in the country. Witnesses reported on social media that gas leaks began at 9PM Taiwan time, creating a billowing white fog. Fires sparked explosions on multiple streets according to China's Central News Agency, as can be seen in this video taken from the dashboard of a car, embedded above, showing fire and plumes of smoke emerging from the ground.


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