Greece’ oil spill forces closure of Athens beaches

Leak described as ecological disaster with Greek authorities accused of failing to recognise scale of threat from sunken tanker.An emergency operation is under way to clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker in Greece, that has blackened popular beaches and bays in Athens.
What had been thought a containable spill is being described by officials as an ecological disaster after thick tar and oil pollution drifted toward residential coastal areas.
By Thursday, four days after the 45-year-old Agia Zoni II sank off Salamína island, mayors in suburbs south of the capital were forced to close beaches, citing public health risks. Source:

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