Oil Spill Worsens Off New Zealand Coast
Rough seas hinder containment efforts
Rough seas off the coast of New Zealand have worsened an oil spill in what the New Zealand government is now calling the country's worst-ever maritime environmental disaster. A leak in the container ship Rena has increased ten-fold since it struck the Astrolabe reef in the North Island Bay of Plenty last Wednesday. Salvage crews remain unable to reach the vessel in high ocean swells, raising the possibility that the ship could break up and release hazardous materials and more than 1,600 metric tons of heavy oil into the sea.
Read more at the Associated Press
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside →