Explosion shuts down Chinese oil terminal

One of China's biggest crude oil terminals remains closed after an explosion that has killed 55 people so far.

Photo: Erik Johansen

On Friday, an oil pipe owned by oil company Sinopec exploded approximately 700 kilometres north of Shanghai. 55 people have been killed in the explosion and subsequent oil fire so far and 136 people have been taken to hospitals nearby, according to Reuters.

A considerable number of the casualties happened as workers tried to repair the damages to the leaking oil pipe, and photographs from the area show that the explosion left trucks overturned and caused craters in the asphalt. The oil leak, which is estimated to be around 100 tons, has spread to an area of approximately five square kilometres.

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