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Venezuelan Refinery Blast Death Toll Reaches at Least 26

A gas explosion at Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery yesterday killed at least 39 people and injured 86, shutting down the Amuay refinery, located about 240 miles west of Caracas.

Stella Lugo, governor of Falcon state in western Venezuela, described the blast which occurred at 1:15 a.m. yesterday as similar to an earthquake and said 219 homes near the refinery were affected. Paraguana, which comprises the Amuay, Bajo Grande and Cardon refineries, is the world’s second-biggest refinery complex.