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A giant oil tanker is on fire and could explode in the East China Sea

2018-01-09 09:44:35       source:Chicago Tribune

January 8, 2018

Three days after it collided with another ship off the coast of Shanghai, the tanker Sanchi is on fire and leaking oil into the East China Sea. And experts fear that is not even the worst-case scenario.

At least 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshi citizens were aboard the tanker when the collision occurred. One body has been recovered but not publicly identified. Rescue crews said there were no signs of survivors.

Since the crash, the Sanchi has been billowing thick plumes of black smoke into the air. Unless the fire can be brought under control, officials worry that the ship might explode and sink, releasing its 1 million barrels of oil into the water.

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