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Gas storage facility blast kills one, injures three in Russia

15 June 2020

An explosion at a liquefied gas storage facility in Kazan, southwest Russia killed one person and injured three others on June 13. Russian state news agency TASS said that the explosion happened at a Gazprom gas distribution facility.

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Representative image: Shutterstock

A 100 cubic metre above-ground storage tank exploded and caused a fire which killed one worker and injured three others. 

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement that there was a risk of the fire spreading to other gas containers at the facility. The ministry later added that a Mil Mi-8 helicopter was used to help in the firefighting efforts, along with 11 ground fire units.

The cause of the explosion remains a mystery. An investigation into the incident has been opened by local authorities. 

Elsewhere in Russia, clean-up efforts are ongoing near the city of Norilsk after a 20,000-tonne diesel fuel leak turned parts of the Ambarnaya River crimson red. The spill originated from a power plant belonging to a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, the world's leading nickel and palladium producer. The leak occurred after a fuel tank, which is built on permafrost, became depressurised due to the subsidence of its support pillars.

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