Chinese authorities begin slick clean-up

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Authorities in China have launched a massive clean-up operation after two oil pipelines exploded off the country’s northeast coast.

The explosions left 1,500 tonnes of crude spewing into the Yellow Sea.

Fires then burned for more than 15 hours before being brought under control.

The incident happened on Friday night in the northeastern port city of Dalian.

No casulaties have been reported but the slick has now spread to cover an area of 50 square kilometres.

Dozens of oil-skimming vessels have been put in place to remove the crude.

Officials say the clean-up will take around ten days.

The explosions happened after a Libyan-flagged tanker had off-loaded its oil.