Oil Spill Reaches New Zealand Beaches

Liberian Cargo Ship Leaks Oil Off The Coast of New Zealand
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Stuck On A Reef
Ocean currents flow over the exposed coral reef that damaged the cargo ship, 13.5 nautical miles off Tauranga, New Zealand, on October 5, 2011. So far, the oil leak has reportedly spread over five kilometers. Authorities are preparing for the worst environmental disaster in New Zealand's history should the vessel break up and spill its 1,700 tons of fuel into the Bay of Plenty.

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