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Image: Deepwater Horizon Sinking on April 22

Deepwater Horizon

April - May 2010 - At approximately 10 p.m. on April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked Transocean's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig resulting in the loss of 11 crew members and the sinking of the rig on April 22. The Macondo well, which the rig had recently completed drilling, was open and flowing an estimated 5,000 bopd into the surrounding waters. BP and the USCG coordinated on efforts to stop the oil flows and contain the resulting spill.

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Deepwater Horizon Sinking on April 22
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Image Description and Attributes
Image Description: Smoke clouds ascend from the ocean's surface as the Deepwater Horizon slips beneath the waves on April 22.
Keywords: Deepwater Horizon, Macondo, rig fire, blowout
Type of Image: Image  (Drilling Rig view more of this type)
Dimensions: 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall   (view full size image)
Date Created: Monday, May 03, 2010
Associated Regional Information
Region: Gulf of Mexico  (view more from this region)
Country: US  (view more from this country)