The world's worst oil spills
Environmental disasters that should have been avoided
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News that an oil tanker, the MV Wakashio, has run aground on a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius and is in danger of breaking in two once again highlights the dangers posed by these kinds of ocean-going vessels to the environment.
The stricken ship is believed to have been carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil, and is already starting to spill its deadly cargo. A clean-up operation is currently underway to remove the oil and avert an ecological disaster. But as history shows, there have been some truly dreadful oil spills over the years, accidents that have had catastrophic consequences for ecosystems on land and at sea.
Click through the following gallery and be reminded of the grim roll-call that is some of the world's worst oil spills.
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