Cargo ship collided with bridge, thousands cut off water, Japan

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General cargo ship ERNA OLDENDORFF contacted Oshima Bridge which is connecting Yanai city, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Honshu, with Suo-Oshima island, Inner Japan sea, at around 0030 Tokyo time Oct 22. ERNA OLDENDORFF was en route from Qingdao China to Kure Japan, she reached Kure and was brought to anchor at 1220 Tokyo time.

Mast was damaged by contact, see pic. Bridge understood not to sustain damages, and remains open for traffic, but water pipe under the bridge broke up, leaving thousands of islanders without water supply. TV and Internet cables were also broken.

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