Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

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Geotagged photos by MJ Klein

By now, everyone has heard of the gas explosions in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung.  We live far away from there, but my wife’s parents live close enough to have felt the explosions in their apartment.  Recently, I went walking down what is left of a road where a section of the explosions happened.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

This scene is just one of many places where the road is blocked off to traffic.  It’s because there is no road to travel on ahead.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

I ignored the police tape and took a walk down the sidewalk like I owned the place.  No one looked at me twice.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

These are roll-formed metal pilings that are being used to shore up the sides of the trench that is left after the debris had been cleaned out of the explosion sites.  You’ll see how these are being used, shortly.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

Excavators with special attachments are used to pick up, place, and hammer the pilings into place.  One thing that I have to say is, I admire how the Taiwanese don’t just sit and whine about things – they get busy putting them back right.  This was a Sunday afternoon and the men were hard at work.

 

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

This building is a hospital, and our baby, Phoenix, was born here.  The babies were all evacuated when the explosions happened.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

This concrete was wet and brand new when I photographed it.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

I didn’t have to go very far to get the picture.  The destruction is pretty much the same all the way down.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

Keep in mind that this is what the site looks like after the debris has been removed.  The explosions broke the road up and the debris fell back into place.  This is the hole that is left once the debris has been taken out.  All of the underground services have been disrupted.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

This scene went on as far as the eye could see.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on here.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

The man in the red shirt is directing the positions of the pilings.  Here you can see that he’s giving the excavator operator some kind of hand signal.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

In this shot he’s physically man-handling a piling into place as it’s going down.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

This will give you an idea of just how hard this man is working.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

This excavator is picking up pilings that have already been hammered into place, and is positioning them to the same height.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

These life-preservers make sense when you consider that someone could inadvertently fall into the water.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

I saw many places where there were hundreds of these barriers blocking off areas under repair.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

This is a pile of road signs that might be recycled.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

I leave you with this shot of some concrete pipe, awaiting installation.

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2 comments

  1. Good to see that things are being fixed. Hopefully they also sort out who is supposed to look after maintaining these pipes in the future.

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