updated 2/1/2007 9:46:07 AM ET 2007-02-01T14:46:07

An explosion ripped through a storage tank at Turkey's largest oil refinery in northwestern Turkey on Thursday, prompting authorities to evacuate the area, the state-owned Anatolia news agency said.

The explosion occurred at TUPRAS oil refinery, near Izmit, some 60 miles east of Istanbul.

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