Sometime approximately 36 to 48 hours ago, an explosion occurred at a warehouse in Tianjin, China, where Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. stores potentially volatile chemicals. The explosion was comprised of two distinct blasts – the first enormous, but the second dwarfing the first – and amounted to the equivalent of a roughly 2.9 magnitude earthquake, or nearly 21 metric tons of TNT. Amongst the rubble and debris, buildings, vehicles and just about anything within the radius of the explosion was all but decimated, including the 50 fatalities (of which 12 were firefighters) and the nearly 500 hospitalized individuals. Executives of the logistics company have been taken into custody and the matter continues to be shrouded in mystery. Besides the obvious concern about what caused the explosions, there is also the imminent matter of what harm any residual chemicals might inflict on the environment and its inhabitants. On the whole, we can only say that this yet unexplained disaster is a grave tragedy, and that many, many lives will be forever shaped by this somber event.