Another oil spill as a result of a pipeline explosion at a port in China has more than doubled as of Wednesday.
It’s been five days since China’s largest reported oil spill occurred. It is now 165 square miles forcing nearby beaches to close. The explosion caused a massive fire that took more than 15 hours to get under control.
Beaches near Dalian, once named China’s most livable city, were closing as oil started reaching their shores, Xinhua reported.
“The oil spill will pose a severe threat to marine animals, and water quality, and the sea birds,” Huang Yong, deputy bureau chief for Dalian, China Maritime Safety Administration, told Dragon TV.
The cause of the blast was still not clear Wednesday. The pipeline is owned by China National Petroleum Corp., Asia’s biggest oil and gas producer by volume.