Dramatic images reveal hull of Wakashio split in two off coast of Mauritius

FORBES | Dramatic new images on Sunday 16 August reveals the clean break in the hull of the stricken Japanese freighter, the Wakashio, which ran aground off the pristine coral reefs of Mauritius on 25 July and began leaking toxic heavy fuel oil ten days ago 6 August 2020.


Four days ago, an estimated 200,000 gallons of the over 1 million gallons of toxic heavy fuel had spilled into the coral lagoon, with 500,000 gallons still remaining on board at that stage.


Images taken on Sunday 16 August show streams of the heavy oil continuing to emerge from the Wakashio and across the ocean. While the imagery with the naked eye only reveal the oil to be in close proximity to the vessel, using the latest Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellite technologies, the full extent of the oil spill is only just being realized.


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