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Sunken Oil Tanker Should Have Been 'Bombed' to Minimize Pollution, Experts Say

The Sanchi was shrouded in thick smoke following an explosion Sunday afternoon before it sank off China's east coast. Photo: Ministry of Transport
The Sanchi was shrouded in thick smoke following an explosion Sunday afternoon before it sank off China's east coast. Photo: Ministry of Transport

A Panama-flagged oil tanker, burning for more than a week after a collision off China’s east coast, sank Sunday, raising serious concerns over coastal pollution.

Some experts said the authorities should have bombed or torpedoed the vessel so that it would explode and its fuel would burn out, instead of letting it slowly seep into the ocean floor, thereby minimizing the environmental impact.

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