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Fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas levels houses number of dead not known

A fertilzer plant has exploded in West, Texas 20 miles north of Waco.

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USGS registered Texas explosion as a 2.1 magnitude seismic event, USGS tells #CNN

The Texas explosion registered as a 2.1 magnitude seismic event on the Richter scale, even though nearest sensor was aprox 25 miles away.

UPDATE – West, Texas Mayor Tommy Muska: 6 or 7 firefighters were in the plant at the time of the explosion and not accounted for

Latest numbers

Over 200 injured, 40 critically, hospitals working overtime

Photo from Twitter showing houses destroyed by blast.

Photo from Twitter showing houses destroyed by blast.

The explosion could be heard over 50 miles away. Police and firefighters fighting the blaze have been reported dead.

Over 66 people are injured and the mayor of the town is saying 60-80 homes have been leveled to the ground from the intensity of the blast.

Pictures are showing houses leveled from the blast shock wave.

A video shows a father and daughter watching the fire as the plant explodes, with the man’s daughter saying she can’t hear from the defeaning sound of the explosion.

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