Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Registers as 2.1 Magnitude Seismic Event

Posted on April 18, 2013

A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas registered as a 2.1 magnitude seismic event according to a USGS listing. The explosion can be seen in the video below. The second clip in the video - starting around the 16 second mark - shows a fire at the West Fertilizer Plant suddenly turn into a massive explosion. The explosion was reportedly felt as far as 40 miles away from the plant.

The fertilizer explosion is a disaster and tragedy for the small town of 2,800. The explosion destroyed numerous homes and businesses located near the fertilizer plant. The explosion killed 60 or more people and has injured 100 or more. At least one apartment complex was completely destroyed, see photo. CNN reports that there is also concern about a toxic gas - anhydrous ammonia. People have been evacuated from near the burning plant due to concerns about the deadly gas and the possibility of another explosion. KWTX is providing continuous updates on the explosion here and on its Twitter account, @kwtx.

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