Over the weekend there was a massive gas explosion in Moscow that led to an inferno that injured five people, raising questions about Russia’s ageing energy infrastructure and the sanity of Russian civilians.

One of the most interesting issues with the explosion, raised by Harvard University’s Neiman lab on Twitter, can be seen in this video footage. Notice how people are not all running from the explosion; many are walking towards it, recording the scene on their mobile phones:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bNGj0g4p5A[/youtube]

Citizen journalism gets some points here, but what does this say about human instincts for survival?

Peter Fray

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