Oil spill in Salamina attracts global media attention (videos)

News agencies and sites cover ecological disaster

The ecological disaster caused by the sinking of an oil tanker near the island of Salamina has draw attention by the international media, as the pollution is spreading to Piraeus, despite efforts and reassurances by the competent authorities that the damage would be contained. “Oil spill turns island black ands is deemed ‘environmental disaster”, read the title of Independent, which is accompanies by a video showing the pollution on the coast of Salamina. “A Greek island is suffering from an “ecological disaster” after a tanker carrying more than 2,000 tons of crude oil sunk off the coast.

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Drone footage captured the scale of pollution on the island of Salamis after a 45-year-old Agia Zoni II took on water near Athensover the weekend”, writes the piece. The BBC also covers the environmental dangers of the oil spill stressing “Emergency crews have begun an oil spill clean-up after an oil tanker sank close to the island of Salamis”, with an accompanying video, showing clean up crew and the black sea.

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Reuters writes that the oil spill is out of control as it has spread to the Athens Riviera in a piece titled “Greek oil spill spreads to Athens Riviera”. “Crews scrambled on Wednesday to clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker which had spread to some of Athens’s most popular beaches.

The 45-year-old vessel, Agia Zoni II, was carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel when it sank off the island of Salamis on Sunday. By Wednesday, a thick oily tide had covered stretches of the Athens Riviera several miles away”, Reuters writes.
The Associated Press also cover the news informing that small slicks were reported in suburbs of Glyfada and Piraeus Wedenesday. “Glyfada Mayor Giorgos Papanikolaou says municipal workers have set up floating booms offshore and used chemicals to try to dissolve the oil”, the piece writes.