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Oil Spill at Sea From Burned Ship off China Spreads ‘Noticeably’

  • Oil slick now covers 52 square miles, up from 3.9 square miles
  • A fire, which was burning off fuel, has now dissipated
A rescue ship sails near the burning Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea on Jan. 14.
A rescue ship sails near the burning Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea on Jan. 14.Photographer: Ministry of Transport via AP Photo
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The oil slick caused by the stricken Iranian tanker in the East China Sea has spread “noticeably,” raising the prospect for wider environmental damage from what could be the worst spill in decades.

The fuel from the sunken tanker Sanchi, which was carrying 1 million barrels of condensate, expanded to cover as much as 52 square miles at 12 p.m. local time on Monday, up from about 3.9 square miles the previous day, according to Chinese authorities. A fire, which had been burning off some of the highly flammable type of light oil, has dissipated, the authorities said.