Authorities in Taiwan evacuated more than 10,000 villagers after an explosion rocked a chemical plant in an industrial zone in Mailiao township, Yunlin county in central-southern Taiwan, Report informs citing TASS.
The explosion at an aromatics plant of Formosa Chemical and Fiber Corp at about 2 p.m. shattered glass in nearby buildings and shook houses kilometers away, local police and fire fighters said.
The blast wave was felt by people who were within a few kilometers from the plant. No deaths or injuries are reported. By the preliminary information, the cause of the explosion was a gas leak.
Formosa Chemical and Fiber has already been fined more than $ 160,000 for environmental pollution. Investigation is underway.