After the Syria breach, an oil slick the size of New York has polluted the Mediterranean.
A LARGE OIL SPLASH the size of New York City is sweeping over the Mediterranean, and it is likely to hit Cyprus’ northern coast today.
Satellite footage shows that the spill covers roughly 309 square kilometers. Following a leak last week, it began at the Baniyas oil refinery in Syria. The spill was only 15 nautical miles from Cyprus, according to Turkish-Cypriot authorities in the north of the island. They are preparing for an environmental disaster. “It [will be]a complete disaster for the marine ecosystem,” Cemaliye Ozverel Ekinci, the head of the chamber of environmental engineers in the Turkish-controlled north, warned.
“This is a problem that affects all of Cyprus, not just Northern Cyprus. Together with the south, we should act.”
The magnitude of the leak, according to Syria’s energy minister, Ghassan al-Zamil, was between two and four tons of fuel, according to the pro-government Al-Watan newspaper. He stated that the cause would be looked into.
However, since August 23, officials have stated that a tank containing 15,000 tons of fuel has been leaking.
They claim to have got the leak under control.
Syrian authorities, on the other hand, have been accused of exaggerating the size of the leak last Tuesday, which the head of the General Directorate of Syrian Ports described as “not substantial.”