January 18, 2022 10:47:39 pm
Unusually high waves attributed to the eruption of an undersea volcano in Tonga caused an oil spill on the Peruvian coast, but authorities said on Monday that the spill was controlled within hours and there’s an ongoing process to clean the area.
The Peruvian Civil Defense Institute said in a press release that a ship was loading oil into La Pampilla refinery on the Pacific coast on Sunday when strong waves moved the boat and caused a spill.
The government didn’t say how many gallons were spilled only that local and federal authorities were working to clean the coast.
La Pampilla refinery in the province of Callao near Limas capital belongs to the Spanish company Repsol, it’s considered the main oil processing plant in Peru. Local authorities had closed area beaches to the public since Sunday.
Best of Express Premium
Golden sand turned black in Peru after an oil spill affected miles of shoreline, with some blaming the recent volcanic eruption near Tonga for the spill https://t.co/65QJLCh6jz pic.twitter.com/YuXKVEZHC8
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 18, 2022
The eruption on Saturday caused waves that crossed the Pacific in Peru, two people drowned off a beach, and there were reports of minor damage from New Zealand to Santa Cruz California.
🗞 Subscribe Now: Get Express Premium to access our in-depth reporting, explainers and opinions 🗞️
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.