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The Tianjin explosion was so big a weather satellite took this video of it from space

Zack Beauchamp is a senior correspondent at Vox, where he covers ideology and challenges to democracy, both at home and abroad. Before coming to Vox in 2014, he edited TP Ideas, a section of Think Progress devoted to the ideas shaping our political world.

The catastrophic explosion in Tianjin, China, on Wednesday was so enormous that it was captured on a Japanese weather satellite.

Here's what the explosion looked like through the satellite, courtesy of the excellent Andy Carvin at the social media reporting site took the images from the Japanese weather satellite Himawari 8. According to Carvin, it picked up the explosion in infrared, and that's what you're seeing. Here's the tool used to find the footage.

The causes of the explosion still aren't fully understood: The shipping container appears to have been housing flammable material, but it's not clear what actually caused it to ignite. But the explosion was, without a doubt, massive. There are reports that buildings more than 6 miles away from the blast site collapsed. And this is how the explosion itself looked:

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