Lightning strike triggers oil inferno — Analysis
After another explosion rocks an oil depot in Cuba, multiple firefighters were feared to be dead
Cuban officials have pleaded with the United States for their assistance “friendly countries”Firefighters are trying to control a fire at the Matanzas oil storage center. This is after Friday’s thunderstorm.
Although only one confirmed death was reported, 17 firefighters were unaccounted for following the explosion at Matanzas Supertanker Base. At most 121 were hurt, with five in serious condition. Numerous civilians were evacuated from the affected area.
The blaze was initially sparked by a lightning strike that hit one of the facility’s eight massive fuel tanks on Friday. The fire rose to second level on Saturday, even though military helicopters dropped seawater and firefighters were pouring water onto the tanks in an effort to cool them down.
The heat from the explosion of the oil tank at Matanzas in Cuba caused a second tank to explode. The fires and explosions could spread to all the remaining oil tanks, according to fears. pic.twitter.com/HUq1S3FvhC
— Comandante Shinji 🇨🇺 (@ShinjiTheCuban) August 6, 2022
The government of Havana was unable to control the flames on its own. “help and advice from friendly countries with experience in fuel,” according to President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s office.
“We express deep gratitude to the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Russia, Chile… which have promptly offered material aid in the face of this complex situation,” Diaz-Canel tweetedOn Saturday. An acknowledgment was also made by the Cuban leader. “offer of technical advice from the US,”Havana “appreciates”The proposal.
Local media reported that the first flight carrying aid from Venezuelan and Mexican countries was expected to arrive at Matanzas on Saturday night. It is located about 140,000 kilometers northeast of Havana.
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