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China: Oil slick from Iranian tanker triples in size

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Staff Writer | January 22, 2018
Sanchi oil slick
Accident   Authorities on Sunday found three oil slicks

The oil slicks around a sunken Iranian tanker in the East China Sea have tripled in size in just a few days, according to China's State Oceanic Administration.

Authorities on Sunday found three oil slicks with a total surface area of around 332 square kilometres. On Wednesday, the oil slicks measured only 101 square kilometres.

The oil spill has expanded continually since the tanker, named Sanchi, sank following prolonged burning and an explosion on January 14.

Sanchi was carrying about 136,000 tonnes of oil when it collided with a Hong Kong freighter on January 6, approximately 300km east of Shanghai.

The tanker's 32 crew members, of whom 30 were Iranians and two were Bangladeshis, have been confirmed dead by Iranian authorities. Three bodies have been found.

Chinese environmental experts have warned of a possible ecological disaster, with the oil slick endangering marine life, and possibly people through the consumption of contaminated seafood.


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