The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Crude oil spread across Alaska’s coast covering 10,000 square miles. Within a week, currents and winds pushed the slick 90 miles from the site of the tanker, out of Prince William Sound into the Gulf of Alaska. It eventually reached nearly 600 miles away from the wreck, contaminating 1,500 miles of shoreline — about the length of California’s coast.
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