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May 29, 2014 5:32 AM

Oil Tanker Explosion

JAPAN - The Japanese coast guard said on Thursday an oil tanker exploded off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing and the other seven injured.

Four of the injured people were severely burned, according to local media.

Photos from the scene on Thursday morning showed billowing clouds of black smoke as coast guard vessels sought to douse the fire, which gutted the middle of the Shoko Maru, a 998-ton tanker based in the western city of Hiroshima.

The coast guard said the cause of the explosion was not yet known.

Japanese media said crew members were working on the deck of the tanker at the time of the blast.

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