Tianjin blast update: satellite images of blast site

Press release - 2015-08-20
Beijing, August 20 2015- The distance between the Ruihai Logistics Company’s hazardous chemicals warehouse and the nearest residential area has become a key area of interest for journalists and concerned citizens. Whilst regulations stipulate that the distance between such developments should be at least 1000m, the Ruihai warehouse was located just 310m from the nearest residential area, the Vanke Qingshui Harbour residential compound, and within 500m and 620m of two other residential compounds.

Through satellite imagery dating from June 2008, Greenpeace East Asia has established that construction of the residential areas began before the warehouse began storing hazardous chemicals, meaning that the Ruihai Logistics Company was in direct violation of the relevant regulations.

 

 

20 June 2008

The warehouse area belonged to Jiantong United and Ailande Supplies Ltd.. These two companies were using the warehouse. At this time construction of the three residential compounds Qihang Gardens , Vanke Qingshui Harbour and Mediatek Fifth Street had not yet begun.

 

 

18 November 2009

Part of the warehouse was rented to Zhongchu Company, the other part was rented to Zhonglian Gongsi. At this time the warehouse still did not contain hazardous chemicals. Construction of Qihang Gardens began.

 

 

19 May 2011

 Part of the warehouse was still used by Zhongchu Company. Construction of Vanke Qingshui Harbour began. The construction of Qihang Gardens was complete and the apartments were ready for sale (they went on the market in July 2011).

26 September 2013

At the end of 2012 Ruihai Logistics Company began using the warehouse. Shortly after they began to store hazardous chemicals in the warehouse, ignoring the stipulated safety distance of 1km. By this time part of the Vanke Qingshui Harbour compound had already been constructed and people were already living in Qihang Gardens. Construction on Mediatek Fifth Street began.

 

5 April 2014

Ruihai Logistics Company continued to use the warehouse to store hazardous chemicals. Construction of the Vanke Qingshui Harbour compound had been completed and apartments were occupied. 

 

 

24 November 2014

Part of Mediatek Fifth Street was completed and for sale. The third phase of the Vanke complex, currently under construction, became available for presale on June 26. The residences were due to be completed for handover in August 2016.

 

13 August 2015

Mediatek Fifth street mostly completed and for sale. The third phase of the Vanke complex, currently under construction, became available for presale on June 26. The residences were due to be completed for handover in August 2016.

 

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