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Oil spill off the coast of the Philippines

Tuesday, 22 August 2006

Type of Event:
Oil spill
Location of Event:
Philippines
Date of Charter Activation:
22/08/2006
Charter Requestor:
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

On 11 August 2006, the oil tanker Solar sunk off the coast of Guimaras Island in the Philippines. By 24 August 2006, some 50,000 gallons of oil had leaked into the sea, polluting more than 300 km of coastline and threatening fishing as well as other islands of the Philippines. A state of emergency was declared in the Philippines on 25 August 2006.  

UNOSAT Philippines Oilspill 27aug06 Radar satellite image derived map showing extent of oil spill in Guimaras Province.

Source: RADARSAT-1
Acquired: 27/08/2006

Copyright: CSA 2006
Image processing, map created 29/08/2006 by UNITAR/UNOSAT.

Other info: 25 m resolution

UNOSAT Philippines Oilspill 24/08/2006

Source: Envisat (ASAR)
Acquired: 24/08/2006

Copyright: ESA 2006
Image processing, map created 24/08/2006 by UNITAR/UNOSAT.

Other info: 75m resolution