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A friend sent these photos of a devastating oil spill last week, saying they were taken July 17, 2010 in Dalian, China. I sent them to a friend who sent them on to another friend (stay with me here…) who lives in China, and she wrote:

“I had heard of it…but the Chinese press keeps a lid on anything that could be construed by the rest of the world that it has a problem with anything…the power of the Press over here is immense…just like this leak…but unlike the BP fiasco…I believe the government stepped in immediately and got it under control….”

Last July in the northeastern port city of Dalian, China, two oil pipelines exploded, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air and burning for over 15 hours, destroying several structures – the cause of the explosion is under investigation. The damaged pipes released thousands of gallons of oil, which flowed into the nearby harbor and the Yellow Sea. The total amount of oil spilled is still not clear, though China Central Television earlier reported an estimate of 1,500 tons (400,000 gallons), as compared to the estimated 94 – 184 million gallons in the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast. The oil slick has now grown to at least 430 square kilometers (165 sq mi), forcing beaches and port facilities to close while government workers and local fishermen work to contain and clean up the spill. — Boston.com

The pictures are incredible.  Photo credits to Reuters/China Daily, AP Photo/Xinhua, Cai Yongjun, AP, AFP/AFP/Getty Images, AP Photo/Jiang He, Greenpeace, REUTERS/Jiang He/Greenpeace, STR/AFP/Getty Image, REUTERS/Stringer.

Info from captions attached to the photos:

Firefighters walk near an oil pipeline blast site in Dalian, Liaoning province, China early on July 17, 2010. Firefighters later extinguished the fire that raged for more than 15 hours after two oil pipelines exploded in the port of Dalian, the Xinhua news agency said. More than 2,000 firefighters were mobilized to tackle the spectacular blaze.  Dozens of oil-skimming vessels were working to remove a growing slick in the water off the port city following a weekend pipeline explosion and fire. Dalian’s Xingang oil port has resumed some loadings for refined fuel for the domestic market, but fuel exports remain temporarily halted, industry officials said, as the oil spill clean-up is still under way.

Two workers try to rescue their co-worker (left) from drowning in the oil slick while he was attempting to fix an underwater pump during the oil spill clean-up operations at Dalian’s Port on July 20, 2010. Firefighter Zhang Liang went under the water and oil, did not resurface, and drowned. The man being pulled ashore in the last three photos is Han Xiaoxiong. The oil covered hand of a firefighter who was overwhelmed by the thick oil spill while attempting to fix an underwater pump is seen after he he was brought to shore by his colleagues. The man being pulled ashore in the last three photos is Han Xiaoxiong

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