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Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Deepwater Horizon oil spill - May 24, 2010 - with locator.jpg
The oil seen from space by NASA's Terra satellite on 24 May 2010
LocationMacondo Prospect (Mississippi Canyon Block 252), in the North-central Gulf of Mexico, United States (south of Louisiana)
Coordinates28°44′17.30″N 88°21′57.40″W / 28.7381389°N 88.3659444°W / 28.7381389; -88.3659444Coordinates: 28°44′17.30″N 88°21′57.40″W / 28.7381389°N 88.3659444°W / 28.7381389; -88.3659444[1]
DateApril 20 – September 19, 2010
(4 months, 4 weeks and 2 days)
Cause
CauseWellhead blowout
Casualties11 people killed
17 people injured
OperatorTransocean under contract for BP[2]
Spill characteristics
Volume4.9 million barrels (210,000,000 U.S. gallons; 780,000 cubic meters) ±10%[3]
Area2,500 to 68,000 sq mi (6,500 to 176,100 km2)[4]