According to initial details, after the blast, a large black cloud rose into the air.
The explosion happened at 9.40 a.m. local time, causing a fire at a fuel depot at Chempark, an industrial park for chemicals companies including Bayer and Lanxess.
German officials classified the explosion as “an extreme threat” and asked residents to stay inside, turn off ventilation systems and keep windows and doors closed.
However, the fire department tweeted that measurements of the air's pollution “do not show any kind of abnormality.”
They said the smoke had gone down but that they would continue to measure the air for toxins.
The city of Leverkusen said in a statement that the explosion at the Chempark site, about 20 kilometres (13 miles) north of Cologne on the Rhine river occurred in storage tanks for solvents.
Police in nearby Cologne said a large number of officers, firefighters, helicopters and ambulances from across the region had been deployed to the scene.
More than 30 companies operate at the Chempark site in Leverkusen, including Covestro, Bayer, Lanxess and Arlanxeo.
Twitter tests edge-to-edge photos in timeline
The microblogging platform, Twitter is exploring ways to build more visually immersive experience with its latest test to see how images appear on the platform.
The upcoming feature will expand visual media embedded in tweets to fill the whole width of a mobile phone's screen. The new layout is being tested on iOS but not on Android.
“The change is designed to make it easier for visual content to shine,” said twitter.
In the current test, tweets fill the full frame from left to right instead of being offset by a pretty large margin on the left.
The changes result in much larger images and videos that look better in the feed and a cleaner, more modern design that doesn’t unnecessarily squish tweets to the right of users’ profile pictures.
Now testing on iOS:— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 7, 2021
Edge to edge Tweets that span the width of the timeline so your photos, GIFs, and videos can have more room to shine. pic.twitter.com/luAHoPjjlY
The test follows two previous image-focused changes— 4K image support and full-size images.
The 4K image support came in April and increased the resolution of images from 2048 x 2048 pixels to 3840 pixels on the long end.
While, full-size image support came in May and brought an end to cropped photos on timelines in iOS and Android.
The company, with the announcement that it is testing edge-to-edge photo support is increasing its chances of becoming an Instagram competitor.
The date for the rollout is not ascertain yet. However, users are already complaining about the change, despite the fact that it is still in its early stages.
This is because, there's no word, on when full-width tweets will arrive on some of the best Android phones.
‘COVID fourth wave’: Pakistan records 3,613 new cases, 57 deaths in last 24 hrs
Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three waves.
According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 3,613 cases of coronavirus were reported while 57 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,232.
The total number of cases has reached 1,182,918.
As many as 1,064,319 patients have recovered from the disease with 5,606 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 403,157 in the province with 12,066 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 438,327 in the province, while the death toll has reached 6,960.
The confirmed cases have surged to 165,200 in the province with 5,107 casualties.
There are 32,403 confirmed cases while 340 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 32,824 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 708. On the other hand, there are 10,051 cases in GB with 177 coronavirus deaths.
There are 100,956 cases in the capital city while 874 people have lost their lives.
Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crosses 27,000 mark
Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.
According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 3,012 cases of coronavirus were reported while 66 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,004.
The total number of cases has reached 1,215,821.
As many as 1,112,236 patients have recovered from the disease with 5,039 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 418,196 in the province with 12,319 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 447,678 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,210.
The confirmed cases have surged to 169,972 in the province with 5,329 casualties.
There are 32,671 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,551 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 727. On the other hand, there are 10,204 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.
There are 103,549 cases in the capital city while 893 people have lost their lives.
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