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Thursday, 29th July 2010
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"Freak" wave damages Japanese vessel

A Japanese ship sailing in the Strait of Hormuz off Oman has been damaged after reportedly being hit by a "freak" wave.

The M Star oil tanker, which had 31 crew members onboard hailing from the Philippines and India, was on its way to Chiba port, near to Tokyo, when an earthquake triggered a wave which hit the boat. A number of those on board were injured in the incident which was at first thought to be an attack.

According to an Oman seismologist quoted by the BBC, the earthquake occurred in Bandar Abbas and had a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale.

Other ships in the nearby area also reported feeling the quake, Attollah Sadr, head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation, said, according to local news source the Mehr news agency.

Reuters reported that the ship's owners, Mitsui O.S.K Lines, are to hold a press conference today in light on the incident.

Written by Kimberley Homer.