Prestige Oil Spill, Galicia (Spain)

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Type of Event Oil Spill
Location of Event Galicia, Spain
Date of Charter Activation November 14, 2002
Charter Requestor European Commission, Civil Protection Unit
Project Management CNES

Description of the Event

The Charter was activated on November 14, 2002 by the General Directorate for Environment of the European Commission (an authorized user) for the oil spill pollution produced by the tanker Prestige in front of the Galicia (Spain) coast occurred at the end of November 2002.

The Prestige tanker started leaking fuel off the coast of Galicia, Spain, on Thursday November 14, 2002 when it encountered a violent storm about 150 miles off Spain's Atlantic coast. During several days, it was pulled far from the shore, but the crippled tanker carrying more than 67,000 tons of oil split in half off the northwest coast of Spain on Tuesday (Nov. 19), threatening one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The rear section of the Prestige sunk early in the day, taking many of the oil tanks with it. The leak already had spilled at least 7,000 tons of oil.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Galicia, November 18, 2002

Source: Radarsat S3

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Copyright CNES 2002

 

Galicia, December 02, 2002

Source: ERS-2

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Copyright ESA 2002

 

Galicia, November 17, 2003

Source: Envisat ASAR

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Copyright ESA 2003

 

Galicia, November 14, 2002 - General view of the area

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Copyright

 

Galicia, November 17, 25, 2002

Source: Envisat & Radarsat

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Copyright ESA & CNES 2002

 

Galicia, December 03, 2002

Source: ERS-2

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Copyright ESA 2002

 

Galicia, November 23, 2002

Source: ERS-2

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Copyright ESA 2002

 

Galicia, December 02, 2002

Source: ERS-2 SAR

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Copyright ESA 2002

 

Galicia, November 26, 2002

Source: ERS-2

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Copyright ESA 2002