How big is the oil spill, actually?

By Aimee Whitcroft 03/06/2010

As the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues, and worsens, the area of ocean covered by oil is, of course, growing.

However, it is difficult to visualise just how big the spill actually is.  To this end, a new website has emerged which allows one to place the oil spill anywhere in the world, to get a more intuitive feel for its size.

The website is, of course, interactive, but for the picture below, we’ve centred it over Wellington: currently, it stretches from Kaikoura in the South Island to Wanganui in the North.

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