Fire at Japanese Refinery Forces 3,000 Evacuations over the Weekend

The Japan Times, January 25, 2017

A fire broke out at the 132,000 bpd TonenGeneral oil refinery in Wakayama, Japan on Sunday, prompting authorities to order nearly 3,000 local residents to evacuate. The fire took place in a unit producing lubricant oil at the refinery, which operates around the clock to produce gasoline, kerosene and benzene.  This incident came just days after a fire in a storage tank was reported at the same facility.  No injuries were reported in either incident and residents were allowed to return to their homes Monday morning after the latest fire was brought under control.


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