East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

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Ship was carrying 136,000 tons of oil that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing waters

The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the 32 sailors were recovered. The ship was carrying 136,000 tons, or about 1 million barrels, of oil, that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing waters.

Oil spill from the submerged Iranian oil tanker off East China coast is expanding, and will spread northward due to wind and sea currents, a statement from China’s State Oceanic Administration warns on Monday (Photo via Xinhua) pic.twitter.com/7kF0Elo1wq

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