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Major Oil Spills

Oil spills of over 100,000 tonnes or 30 million US gallons, ordered by tonnes[a]
 

Spill / Tanker Location Date *Tons of crude oil
Gulf War oil spill Persian Gulf January 21, 1991 1,360,000–1,500,000 (9,968,800-10,995,000 barrels)
Ixtoc I oil well Gulf of Mexico June 3, 1979–March 23, 1980 454,000–480,000 (3,328,000–3,518,000 barrels)
Atlantic EmpressAegean Captain Trinidad and Tobago July 19, 1979 287,000 (2,104,000 barrels)
Fergana Valley Uzbekistan March 2, 1992 285,000 (2,089,000 barrels)
Nowruz oil field Persian Gulf February 1983 260,000 (1,906,000 barrels)
ABT Summer 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) off Angola 1991 260,000 (1,906,000 barrels)
Castillo de Bellver Saldanha BaySouth Africa August 6, 1983 252,000 (1,847,000 barrels)
Amoco Cadiz BrittanyFrance March 16, 1978 223,000 (1,635,000 barrels)
Amoco Haven tanker disaster Mediterranean Sea near GenoaItaly 1991 144,000 (1,056,000 barrels)
Odyssey 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) off Nova ScotiaCanada 1988 132,000 (968,000 barrels)
Sea Star Gulf of Oman December 19, 1972 115,000 (843,000 barrels)
Torrey Canyon Scilly IslesUK March 18, 1967 80,000–119,000 (586,000–872,000 barrels)
Irenes Serenade Navarino BayGreece 1980 100,000 (733,000 barrels)
Urquiola A CoruñaSpain May 12, 1976 100,000 (733,000 barrels)
Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico April 20, 2010 TBD

a One tonne of crude oil is roughly equal to 308 US gallons, or 7.33 barrels.

 

3064081*Contaminated beach in Louisiana