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Japan oil tanker explodes off southwest coast

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:35 a.m. HST, May 29, 2014

TOKYO >> A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.

Photos and video from the scene showed billowing clouds of black smoke as coast guard vessels sought to douse the fire, which gutted the middle of the Shoko Maru, a 998-ton tanker based in the western city of Hiroshima.

Seven people were rescued, though four suffered severe burns, public broadcaster NHK reported. A search was underway for the missing man, the tanker's captain, it said.

The cause of the explosion was unclear, said coast guard spokesman Koji Takarada. NHK said crew members were working on the deck of the tanker at the time of the blast.

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cojef wrote:
Probably lit up a cigarette after all the oil was unloaded and boom the explosion. That is most crucial time when the oil is unloaded the empty space is laden with gaseous material which is highly volatile.
on May 29,2014 | 11:46AM
localguy wrote:
Did you call the Japanese Coast Guard to tell them you solved the explosion problem? Can't let all that intelligence go to waste. So what problem affecting the entire world will you solve next?
on May 29,2014 | 01:38PM
paradiddle wrote:
Sheesh....ease up localguy. He just offered his theory and, that actually sounds better than my theory. I think it was Godzilla! However, this is a serious incident and my condolenses to the injured and the family of the missing man.
on May 29,2014 | 03:17PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Hopefully some one had insurance?
on May 29,2014 | 03:46PM
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