The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reportedly hit the US shoreline this morning. Up to 5,000 barrels of oil a day continue to spew into the water beneath the site of the Deepwater Horizon.
NASA has released a pair of striking pictures depicting the disaster.
The semisubmersible drilling platform sank two days after an explosion and fire at 10 p.m. April 20, when 126 workers were on the rig. Eleven who have not been found are presumed to have died in the incident.
Both images were captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite — the first shows a wider shot of the oil slick spreading to the Louisiana coast, while the second shows a closer view.