This howler comes from Reuters. An explosion aboard ship damaged a Japanese oil tanker at sea in the Strait of Hormuz, in an area patrolled by the Coast Guard of Oman. One crew member was injured. There was no oil leak.

“A crew member saw light on the horizon just before the explosion, so (ship owner Mitsui O.S.K.) believes there is a possibility it was caused by an outside attack.” Although that seems highly improbable, a response from the agency patrolling the area would be on order.

The Oman Coast Guard came up with this zinger;

“There was no attack. The ship was hit by an earthquake!”

Now earthquakes can cause tsunamis but they don’t create explosions aboard ships. Perhaps they meant to say “a water quake.”

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