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Japan battles to clean up oil from Russian tanker

japan January 5, 1997
Web posted at: 3:00 p.m. EST (2000 GMT)

SEA OF JAPAN (CNN) -- Bad weather hampered Japan's efforts Sunday to clean up the oil spilled from a Russian tanker that broke in two on Thursday.

An estimated 26,000 barrels of oil have poured out of the tanker, one of the largest spills to ever threaten Japanese waters.

The Japanese Coast Guard used chemicals to dissolve the fuel oil and dispatched a ship that could scoop up the sludge to the area, which is a principal producer of seafood for Japan.

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