Matanzas Explosion Unleashes Wave of Solidarity for Cuba

By Alejandra Garcia on August 7, 2022 from Havana

The eyes of the world are upon Cuba after an enormous fire caused by a lightning strike on a crude oil storage tank in the Cuban city of Matanzas killed one firefighter and injuring more than 120 people. At least 16 people are missing while firefighters and specialized personnel are trying to contain the blaze.

The incident began on Friday night, following a severe thunderstorm in the area of the Matanzas Supertanker Base. From almost every point in the city of Matanzas, the black smoke could be seen contrasting with the light blue of the Caribbean sky.

At around 7pm local time the tranquility was interrupted by a massive explosion. Immediately afterwards, water trucks and ambulances were driving from one side of the area to the other. A little while after, Armed Forces helicopters could be seen carrying water from the bay and dropping it over the affected area….

Photo: Raul Navarro, Periodico Giron de Matanzas

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