Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the semi-submersible offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and injuring 17 others. On April 24, it was found that the wellhead was damaged and was leaking oil into the Gulf. This significant spill poses a serious threat to wildlife, affecting as many as 400 species along the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Google Earth files (download these KML files and view them in Google Earth)
- MODIS satellite images, 4/21-4/29/2010. Download KML
- Animation of satellite imagery showing progression of oil slick. Download KML
KML courtesy of NASA, the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Observing System, and EarthNC.
- Multi-layer data overlay showing projected slick expansion, boom placement, and habitats. Download KML
KML courtesy of Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
- Oil spill overview with spill extents from DLR-ZKI. Download KML
How to Help
- Read: U.S.News & World Report's 10 Things You Can Do To Help The Gulf Coast
- Volunteer: American Red Cross Panama City, FL; Audubon Society; Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana; Mobile Bay National Estuary; Mobile Baykeeper
- Donate: Alabama Coastal Foundation
News and Updates
- News: Google News, Real Time updates on Google Search
- Resources: Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Joint Information Center, Louisiana Shore Cleanup Facebook page
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