Thousands of soldiers are tackling an oil slick in China that environmentalists fear could have long-term consequences.
It is a week now since a pipeline exploded in the major northeastern port of Dalian, sending at least 1,500 tons of oil into the Yellow Sea.
It is still not clear exactly what went wrong. But a preliminary report says a chemical agent used to strip sulphur from the oil as it was being offloaded at the terminal contributed to the blast.
With tourist beaches tarnished by the thick sludge, visitors were disappointed at not able to swim.
But for the region’s fishing fleet, their livelihoods are at stake, with reports of thousands of shellfish farms being contaminated. As in the US oil spill, fishermen have now been mobilised to help with the clean-up.