Photos Show Aftermath of Explosions in Tianjin, China, at Chemical Storage Area

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Fire engines are seen at the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, August 13. Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Photos have emerged from Tianjin, China, showing the destruction wrought by two explosions that rocked the northeastern city on Wednesday night, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more.

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A general view shows smoke rising from the debris near damaged vehicles after the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 13. Reuters

Media reports say the blasts occured in a storage area for toxic chemicals and gas at 11:30 p.m. local time, triggering a second explosion shortly after. Dramatic videos and photos of the explosions soon began to circulate on social media showing an enormous fireball mushrooming into the sky.

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Damaged cars are seen as smoke rises from the debris after the explosions at the Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 13. China Daily/Reuters

The death toll from the blasts rose to 50 on Thursday, according to local officials. The strength of the blast initially caused the residents of Tianjin, China's fourth largest city, to believe it was an earthquake. The intensity of the explosions meant they could be seen from above Earth: The University of Wisconsin, Madison's, Space Science and Engineering Center posted a photo on Twitter showing what appears to be the blast from space.

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A bulldozer works near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, August 13. Jason Lee/Reuters
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People wearing masks leave their homes for temporary shelters near the site of the explosions, at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, August 13. Reuters
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A man looks out from inside a damaged residential building near the site of the explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, August 13. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
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