It is with a heavy heart that again this week I must extend thoughts and prayers to fellow Americans. Yesterday there was a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, not far from Waco, Texas. At this point, early estimates from officials are saying that five to fifteen people are believed to be dead and well over 100 people have been injured. The blast was so powerful that it registered as a 2.1 magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It's just unbelievably sad for the victims, the families and the entire community. I will echo Pope Francis' sentiment he sent via Twitter, "Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families."
This unbelievable video shows the sheer impact of the blast. I hope that the father and daughter are OK, though I imagine they are shaken just like the rest of their community.