Wednesday, 2 June 2010

BP oil spill? No, catastrophe!

As most of you should know, there's a horrendous oil spill right now. It is a massive oil "spill" ("spill" indeed falls too short to describe what is happening) at the Gulf of Mexico. "Now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The spill stems from a sea floor oil gusher that started with an oil well blowout on April 20, 2010. The blowout caused a catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform that was situated about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of the Louisiana coast in the Macondo Prospect oil field. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others; another 98 people survived without serious physical injury". ("Gulf oil spill now largest offshore spill in U.S. history as BP continues plug effort". USA Today. 2010-05-27. Welch, William; Joyner, Chris (2010-05-25). "Memorial Services Honors 11 Dead Oil Rig Workers". USA Today).

In order to get an idea of the extent of the damage, one needs to look at things. Just click on these links to see the extent of the damage:

This can easily be stopped, but I seriously doubt that BP will blow up the well and say "bye-bye" to their precious billions of dollars.

(Image courtesy of NASA. Thank you.)

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