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Environment experts had expressed fear that the accident could create a massive environmental disaster and kill off marine life across a wide area.

President Rouhani offered condolences to the families of the crew of the Iranian oil tanker, Sanchi, over their passing and stressed: "It is now necessary that the top priority be focused on identifying the bodies and reduce the pains of their families". All 32 crew members on board the vessel that had been burning for a week were presumed dead, said an Iranian official on Sunday.

China's State Oceanic Administration said because the hull of the ship had detonated, a large amount of oil in surrounding waters was on fire, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Mahmoud Rastad, the chief of Iran's maritime agency, told Iranian state TV: 'There is no hope of finding survivors among the 29 members of the crew'.

The Iranian oil tanker sank around midday Sunday after the spread of fire to new oil condensate tanks created blazes as high as 100 meters and increased temperature to 350 degrees Celsius (660 degrees Fahrenheit).

Major Earthquake Strikes Southern Peru
The magnitude-7.1 quake hit at 4:18am (local time) on Sunday at a depth of around 10 km, the US Geological Survey said. Earthquakes are common in Peru, but many homes are built with precarious materials that can not withstand them.

Philippines volcano spews ash, people flee
SHELTER FROM ASHFALL- Children of Barangay Anoling in Camalig, Albay, wear masks as protection from ash spewed by Mayon. Its most destructive eruption was in February 1841, when lava flows buried a town and killed 1,200 people.

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The newspaper noted that India also plans to purchase torpedoes for its submarines as well as assault rifles from Israel. Swaraj made an announcement at her first press conference in 2015 about the PM-level visit to Israel from India.

It is reported that 13 vessels, including three Coast Guard boats and other vessels were still on site to rescue missing crewmembers, control pollution, and extinguish fires.

On Saturday, Chinese rescuers recovered the tanker's "black box", the transport ministry said without specifying exactly what had been retrieved.

The tanker was carrying 136,000 tonnes of oil when the collision occurred.

"The oil spill situation is very serious", CCTV quoted the reporter as saying on social media.

Rescue efforts had been particularly hard because at 89 degrees Celsius, the vessel's compartments were too hot for workers to withstand for long, state news agency quoted He Wang, an expert from Chinese oil company Huade Petrochemical, as saying.


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