By now we have seen some of the photos and videos of the explosion in the port area of Tianjin China. The amount of physical damage is amazing and I am amazed that there were not more people killed. One of the first things that I thought of is "This is why we separate uses and have setback requirements."
Looking at the map, the explosion happened as far from residential locations as it could be. However, it made me wonder if there are US ports that have similar storage situations? Could something like this happen in the US and if so, what would be the result? Finally, these were hazardous chemicals. What will be the environmental impact? With the fire they go airborne and I wonder at what point will there be measurable impact on our west coast?