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The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989,
when Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California,
struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. local time
and spilled 11 to 38 million US gallons (260,000 to 900,000 bbl; 42,000 to 144,000 m3) of crude oil over the next few days.
It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters.
The Valdez spill was the largest in US waters until the
2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill,
in terms of volume released.
However, Prince William Sound's remote location, accessible only by helicopter, plane, or boat,
made government and industry response efforts difficult and severely taxed existing plans for response.
The region is a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds.
The oil, originally extracted at the Prudhoe Bay oil field,
eventually covered 1,300 miles (2,100 km) of coastline, and 11,000 square miles (28,000 km2) of ocean.
Exxon Valdez oil spill
A bird soaked with crude oil from the Exxon Valdez spill in April, 1989, is examined on an island in Prince William Sound in Alaska
Exxon Valdez ($ 2.5 Billion) The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in the Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 23, 1989
Exxon Valdez caused the 2nd largest oil spill in history dumping 1.5m barrels of oil into Prince William Sound in 1989
The Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska killed 2,800 sea otters
The Exxon Valdez, has run aground off the Alaskan coast, releasing crude oil into the sea, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in US history
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