Just Keep Gushing Infographics

Nov 19, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Infographics

Catastrophic oil spills have been happening for a very long time, ever since the early 1900s. Some of these spills have been worse than others. Here is a list of the top eight worst oil spills recorded, in the order that they occurred.

1. Lakeview Gusher (1910)–The earliest spill on this list is also the worst accidental spill ever recorded. Over the course of 18 months, 9 million barrels of crude oil were pumped into the ocean off the coast of California.

2. Guadalupe Oil Fields (1950s)–This spill also occurred in California. It only spilled 286,000 barrels of oil, making it the seventh worst oil spill in the world. However, the most remarkable thing about this oil spill is how long it took to get things under control. The flow of oil was not contained until 1994, about 40 years after the spill first happened.

3. Amoco Cadiz (1978)–This spill took place off the coast of France. The Cadiz, a crude oil tanker ran aground and spilled its entire cargo–1.6 million barrels of oil–into the sea. This spill comes in at number 5 in the list of the 8 worst oil spills recorded.

4. Ixtoc I (1979)–In the Gulf of Mexico, an oil well was blown open, gushing 3.3 million barrels of oil into the Bay of Campeche. The spill went on for 9 months before it was finally stopped in March of 1980.

5. Nowruz Oil Fields (1983)–By volume of oil released, this spill is the sixth-worst ever recorded. It occurred in the Persian Gulf off of Iran, and was actually two spills, one caused by a tanker collision and the other caused by helicopter attacks on the region. An estimated 733,000 barrels of oil were released into the Persian Gulf.

6. Exxon Valdez (1989)–This Alaska spill is number 8 out of 8 on the list of worst spills by volume of oil. Although only 257,000 barrels of oil were lost, it was enough to cause severe damage to the fragile coastline of Prince William Sound, where an inebriated crew ran the tanker aground.

7. Mingbulak (1992)–This is Asia’s worst spill on record, and the fourth largest spill in the world. A tanker sank in Uzbekistan, polluting the peaceful Fergana Valley with 2.1 million barrels of oil.

8. BP (2010)–The most recent spill is also one of the worst, topped only by the Lakeview Gusher spill. 4.9 million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico. This caused severe damage to the wildlife and coastline in the affected area.

Just Keep Gushing Infographics



Just Keep Gushing Infographics



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