44 dead in Chinese oil pipe explosion
November 23 , 2013
An oil pipeline burst into flames in an explosion near the port city of Qingdao in eastern China.
At least 44 people died and 135 were injured in the blast. Many of the dead were workers on the pipeline who had gone to repair a leak detected in the pipe. This 176 km-long pipeline, which is owned and operated by Sinopec, the Chinese petroleum giant, connects the port city of Qingdao to inland chemical plants. Qingdao is located around 300 miles north of Shanghai. Rescue operations are going on while the pipeline has been shut down till it is repaired. Meanwhile, maritime officials are checking the coast for oil slicks. Authorities confirmed that none have been seen so far.