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Chemical spill fear after dike breached

August 9, 2011 Comments off

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Chemical spill fear after dike breached

Huge waves pound the coast of Yantai city, Shandong province, on Monday. [Photo / Xinhua]

Authorities say situation under control as sea defenses rebuilt

DALIAN, Liaoning – Towering waves whipped up by tropical storm Muifa breached sea defenses protecting a petrochemical plant near a northeastern coastal city on Monday, raising fears of a toxic spill, before the breaches were plugged with thousands of tons of rocks and concrete slabs.

At about 3:30 am, two sections of a dike, each at least 30 meters wide, were breached by waves up to 20 meters high at the Jinzhou Industrial Zone in Dalian city, Liaoning province, according to local authorities.

The breaches threatened toxic chemical tanks at the petrochemical plant, located about 30 kilometers from downtown Dalian.

The nearest tanks were located about 50 meters away from the dike.

As of Monday evening, authorities had yet to confirm or deny if leaks had occurred in any of the tanks.

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