Cyprus blast knocks out island's largest power plant

By REUTERS
July 11, 2011 09:28

NICOSIA - A massive explosion at a military base in Cyprus on Monday knocked out the island's largest power station, a spokesman for the state-run electricity authority said.

"We can't assess the extent of the damage, but it's a biblical disaster," spokesman Costas Gavrielides told Reuters.

Vassilikos power station is very close to the Evangelos Florakis navy base, hit by a massive explosion in a munitions dump. At least eight people were killed, according to unconfirmed reports quoted by the Cyprus News Agency.


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