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China Battles Large Oil Slick After Pipeline Blast

Chinese authorities are battling to contain a 50-square-kilometer oil slick after two crude oil pipelines exploded in the northeastern port of Dalian.

State media report hundreds of firefighters have battled for more than 15 hours to extinguish the blaze that started late on July 16 when a pipe transporting crude oil from a ship to a storage tank blew up.

There were no casualties, but state television said oil had contaminated the ocean off the port city in Liaoning Province.

compiled from Reuters reports