The cyanide level in the water at the Tianjin port is 277 times the acceptable standard following a deadly warehouse blast last week, Chinese authorities said.

The warehouse blast killed 114 and injured more than 700 in the Chinese industrial city.

The warehouse was carrying 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide — 70 times the legal limit — and the explosion scattered the highly toxic substance on nearby roads and buildings, as well as polluted the water around the port.

The Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau said it recorded much higher cyanide levels in the river, sea and waste water in the area, although it put out a separate statement saying that drinking water in Tianjin still met accepted national standards. Read more…

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Cyanide in the water is 277 times the acceptable level at Tianjin port