Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
An explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, 70 km off the coast of Louisiana on 20 April 2010.
The disaster was the result of a wellhead blowout, which killed 11 people and after two days of fires, caused the platform to sink on 22 April.
Oil from the platform spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, causing the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
|Type of Event:
|Location of Event:
|Gulf of Mexico - USA
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|USGS on behalf of US Coast Guard
Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico - Color composite image. ENVISAT ASAR WS acquired on 26/04/2010 superimposed to a reference ENVISAT ASAR WS acquired on 28/09/2009. The oil slick appears in light gray while light blue features correspond to the reference image.
Copyright: European Space Agency
Image processing, map created by ESA
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Source: Envisat ASAR WS