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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tokyo (AFP) - "Oil-like" blobs are washing up on the beaches of several southern Japanese islands, officials said Friday, raising fears they could be from a tanker that sank in the area nearly three weeks ago. The Iranian tanker Sanchi -- carrying 111,000 tonnes of light crude oil -- went under in a ball of flames on January 14 in Japan's economic waters in the East China Sea, sparking concerns it could lead to a massive environmental catastrophe. Japan's government is analysing the origin of the "oil-like" substance, and has dispatched the coast guard to help with clean-up, top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said. read more
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