25 years since the oil spill from the tanker "Exxon Valdez"

• 25 years since the oil spill from the tanker "Exxon Valdez"

March 24, 1989 the tanker "Exxon Valdez" came out of the oil terminal in Valdez, Alaska, and entered the Strait of Prince William. At 12:04 pm the ship ran aground, resulting in a housing hole formed in the sea spilled about 260,000 barrels of crude oil. The efforts made by Exxon and Alyeska Pipeline Company, was not enough to quickly eliminate the consequences of the leak, and soon the storm claimed the oil spills over long distances.

As a result, more than 1,600 kilometers of coastlines were dirty, killed thousands of animals. Exxon Company went bankrupt, paying fines and cleaning works of oil. Alaska's coast remain contaminated to this day. Crude oil can be found just a few centimeters under the ground.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The tug boat and the US Coast Guard dragged the damaged tanker "Exxon Valdez" in Prince William Strait off the coast of Alaska, June 23, 1989. March 24, 1989 the tanker "Exxon Valdez" ran aground at Bligh Reef, causing a leak of about 260 thousand barrels of crude oil. It was the largest at the time of the oil spill in US history.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The ship Exxon Baton Rouge (left) pumps oil from the tanker "Exxon Valdez", which ran aground in Prince William Strait near Valdez, Alaska, March 26, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

A local fisherman standing on polluted oil Evans coast of the island in the Strait of Prince William, 11 April 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

On the left: a fisherman puts in his boat dead sea otter found on the bay shore of the Straits of Prince William, 14 April 1989. Right: A flock of sea lions in the oil-polluted water off the coast of Ingot Island, Alaska, three weeks after the leak, April 14, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Strong winds in the Straits of Prince William carried oil into the bay off the coast of the island Squire, April 10, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

oil-polluted stones glisten in the sontse on Green Island in the Strait of Prince William.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Workers clean oil on the island Neykd, Alaska, April 2, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Contaminated oil red-necked grebe on Knight Island 56 kilometers from the place where there was a leak, March 30, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

As a result of the oil spill killed many seabirds, including gannets and guillemots.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The oil leaked from the tanker "Exxon Valdez", stranded in the Straits of Prince William.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The aircraft DC-6 sprays dispersants on the site of an oil spill, March 27, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

oil spill in Prince William Strait, 80 kilometers from the place where the stranded tanker "Exxon Valdez", April 2, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Sea lions swim near the tanker "Exxon Valdez", which is anchored in the Straits of Prince William, 12 April 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Safety wash contaminated with oil stones on Neykd Island, April 2, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

oil-contaminated poultry in an animal rescue center, March 31, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Working with stones oil washes with hot water under high pressure on the island unit, Alaska, April 17, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The workers clean oil from the coast.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

At first, the workers cleaned the coast of hot water, which is fed under high pressure, but then switched to cold water as hot killed all the living organisms that live on the beach.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The workers wash off the oil with water under high pressure to the coast of the island Neykd, April 21, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The animals died as a result of the oil spill, including sea otters and birds.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

oil-polluted bird on the island in the Straits of Prince William, in April 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The vessel on board which the workers lived, engaged in cleaning of oil in the Strait of Prince William, in July 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Court to help clean up the oil, are anchored in Prince William, in July 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Thousands of people gathered in Valdez, Alaska, to make a clean oil. The picture was taken June 6, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The tanker "Exxon Valdez" aground at Bligh Reef, March 25, 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Employees of the local center for animal washed oil sea otter caught in the Strait of Prince William, 18 April 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The workers wash crude oil leaked from the tanker "Exxon Valdez", from the coast, 28 March 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

oil-polluted sea otter sits in a cage in an animal rescue center, 1 April 1989.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

The tugs pulling the tanker "Exxon Valdez" in the Straits of Prince William.

25 years since the oil spill from the tanker

Oil flows into a hole dug on the beach on Eleanor Island, Alaska, two decades later, on May 5, 2010.