Still to this day, the Gulf War oil spill remains the worst disaster of its kind. This spill resulted in the death of over 10 thousand sea birds and threatened sea turtles and marine mammals in the surrounding areas (Baumann, 2001). The second largest oil spill was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also known as the Gulf of Mexico, or BP Oil Spill that occurred more recently in 2010. This oil spill was caused by a surge of natural gases resulting in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig. The explosion occurred while workers were at the rig attempting to activate the blow-out preventer, this BOP malfunctioned and the rig exploded killing 11 workers and injuring 17.
In the six hours of grounding, the Exxon Valdez spilled 10.9 million gallons of its 53 million gallon cargo of Prudhoe Bay Crude, 8 out of the 11 tanks on board were damaged. As a result, the event affected more than 1,100 miles of non-continuous coastline was damaged. The Exxon Valdez oil spill had a lot of negative effects. The oil spill was a kind of domino affect, it had a terrible impact o the environment, which led to a economic downfall, which consequently affected social norms. The goal of this paper is to look at the
For example, there was an enormous amount of mercury being dumped in the ocean in the past when people were not aware about the impact the mercury would have to the marine life (Oceanus Magazine). Coastal sediments tend to have levels of mercury that was dumped years ago (ibid). Some mercury in the ocean can come from natural resources such as volcanic eruptions (ibid). On the other hand two-thirds of mercury in the ocean are from human activities (ibid). Also, according to, “How Did Toxic Mercury Get Into Fish?” it states that, “The biggest single source is the burning of fossil fuels, especially coal, which releases 160 tons of mercury a year into the air in the United States alone.
Introduction A fire broke out in a suburban chemical storage facility where it leads to a catastrophic incident in Coode Island. The incident happened on August 21, 1991 little after 2 pm, when an explosion happened on Coode Island facility. A chemical storage tank that was holding around 600,000 liters of a hazardous chemical called acrylonitrile caught on fire and exploded with sufficient force. The fire that was burning had extreme toxic smoke that went into the air and traveled over the western suburbs and the city and as far as Frankston. The types of hazards included methyl ethyl ketone, acrylonitrile, and benzene these formed a toxic black smoke cloud that traveled 18 miles from the accident site.
It was said that well more than half of the buildings made of brick in the area and one-tenth of the structures that had reinforced concrete had been destroyed and collapsed. Thousands, hundreds of thousands, of houses of the residents of the area had been destroyed or were torched in the fires that ensued due to the effects of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake. The fires alone killed about 20,000 people. Some of the fires turned into firestorms and fire tornados. It took a complete two days to put out all of the fires.
1. Introduction In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform spit nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest oil spill in history. The 1989 oil spill surpassed Exxon Valdez's oil spill in 1989 as the largest oil spill ever seen in US-controlled waters and the Ixtoc I oil spill of 1979 as the largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon, an ultra-deepwater offshore rig, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico about 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 riggers and injuring 17 others. The fire burned for 36 hours and the Macondo Prospect delivered about 4.9 million barrels of oil before being closed and sealed on 15 July almost three months later.
1976 Tangshan Earthquake Introduction: At 03:42 AM on Wednesday July 28 1976, it was believed that the largest earthquake had occurred near the Tangshan (a large industrial prefecture-level city in northeastern China with approximately 1 million or more residents) in Hebei with a magnitude of 7.8. The earthquake struck at a very late mid-night (03:42 AM) where more than a million people laid sleeping and not evacuated. The entire earthquake was claimed to last for approximately 14 to 16 seconds with a 7.1 magnitude aftershocks. The event struck a totally unexpected area, demolishing the city and causing 242,000 casualties and at least 700,000 were injured resulting it to be the one of the deadliest earthquakes in the twentieth century. [Rosenberg
The event is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 which is also called the Gulf Oil spill of 2010. The Deepwater Horizon spill happened on April 20th, 2010 but didn’t start affecting things until April 22nd, 2010 because the oil rig had caught fire and sunk into the atlantic ocean and polluted surrounding areas. Supporters of the oil spill that were affected by the oil spill were all lined up in boats on June 2nd, 2010 were protesting. Also since people were protesting somebody wrote on the side of their boat in bright orange letters “44 days still pumping BP lied” and later got arrested for refusing to move their boat after authorities had asked. Also something else happened in June of 2010 the president at the time former president Barrack
The US Military spilled toxic substances that containing Uranium in Iraq. In Iraq, the US Military had been littering the environment with thousands of tons of ammunition that made from Uranium, a toxic product and radioactive nuclear waste. As a result, the babies was born in Fallujah from the year 2007 until 2010, was born with permanent disability. 3. The US Military killed thousands of Japan civilians with Napalm Bomb.
Chris Woodford (Water Pollution: an Introduction 1) explains “Each year, the world generates perhaps 5–10 billion tons of industrial waste, much of which is pumped untreated into rivers, oceans, and other waterways.” Radioactive wastes and oil spills affect the wildlife living in these areas in great ways. In 1989, Exxon Valdez created one of the biggest oil spills in United States waters. Around 12 million gallons (44 million liters) of oil were released into the pristine wilderness, enough to fill your living room over 800 times. Around 1,000-28,000 sea
biggest oil refinery in u.s. leaves burned to a crisp. total toxic air emission from refinery stack equipment by 43% since 2004. Richmond toxic corridor experience some health problems. nobody came to check on the health of North Richmond. for 100 years.
Valeria De Leon Mr. Mays English III 11 November 2015 Thesis Statement On April 20, 2010, the oil-drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded due to equipment failure and sank, spilling over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the course of three months. The BP oil spill was the worst environmental crisis America has ever faced, damaging coastal habitats, the environment and the economy.
It destroyed over 230 square miles of land. The volcano destroyed two hundred and fifty homes. Not only that but killing fifty- seven people and around seven thousand big game within the area. Also, the eruption of Mt St Helens is the most studied volcanic eruption