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Explosion at oil depot in Far East kills three

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By PNA / RIA Novosti and U.S. News Agency / Asian

An underground oil tank exploded killing three people at an oil depot in the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in Russia’s Far East, the Emergencies Ministry reported.

“A 1,000 cu m empty tank exploded during welding work. The blast most likely occurred due to fuel vapors inside the tank,” a ministry spokesman said, adding that three workers who carried out the work died.

“According to preliminary data, occupational safety violations were the reason for the accident,” the spokesman said.