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China tanker explosion kills at least seven

14 October 2013

An oil tanker explosion and fire in China killed at least seven people on October 12, according to Xinhua. Oil is leaking from the stricken vessel into the Yongjiang River in the coastal city of Ningbo in east China's Zhejiang province. Six ships are dealing with the oil leak at the scene, according to the provincial maritime affairs bureau.

In addition to the confirmed deaths, one person was injured when the oil tanker exploded and caught fire at Zhangjianqi shipyard in Ningbo's Zhenhai district.

The incident happened when the 300-tonne vessel was being repaired. The blaze was later extinguished and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

The Yongjiang River is a major water source for the city of Ningbo, which has a population of more than 7 million.

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