Oil spill near Mauritius becomes an environmental disaster • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the island of Mauritius, where a “state of environmental emergency” has been declared after a grounded oil tanker started leaking into the Indian Ocean. 

Experts are monitoring the ongoing spill with satellite imagery, which shows the oil slick as it invades the surrounding waters. 

The MV Wakashio vessel ran aground on the southeast coast of Mauritius on July 25, 2020. Media reports suggest that the vessel has already leaked more than 1,000 tons of fuel into the ocean, polluting nearby coral reefs, lagoons, and the surrounding beaches. The ship is believed to be carrying a total of 4,000 tons of oil.

In this image, the oil slick can be seen as a thin, black line surrounded by the bright turquoise colors of the Indian Ocean. 

The photograph was captured on August 11 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: ESA 


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