considered to be the largest off-shore oil spill in the united states' history, the tragic deepwater horizon spill has ravaged and devastated the u.s. gulf coast.
the initial explosion of the rig on april 20, 2010 killed eleven bp workers and injured seventeen others. the aftermath has claimed the lives of countless birds, fish, dolphins, turtles and other marine life, and the oil is still oozing out of the wells and busted pipes at around 4,200,000 litres per day, destroying just about everything in its path.
this has forced cessation of fishing in the disaster zone (coastline of louisiana, mississippi, alabama and florida) and had a severe impact on the jobs and livelihoods of those working in the fishing and oil industries throughout the area, not to mention the numerous volunteers working to minimise the damage, and the adverse effect the spill will have on tourism and the local economy in general.
these are just a handful of images from the disaster..
(photos: sean gardner via reuters, dave martin via ap photo, sean gardner via getty, photos 4-6 from sydney morning herald)