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2021-05-25 Oil spill emergency in Sri Lanka on 25 May, 2021

Emergency Obs. Request Information

  • Disaster Type: Other (Oil spill)
  • Country: Sri Lanka
  • Occurrence Date (UTC): 25 May, 2021
  • SA activation Date(UTC): 4 June, 2021
  • Requester: Disaster Management Center – Sri Lanka
  • Escalation to the International Charter: Yes
  • GLIDE Number:

Disaster Situation

Sri Lankan authorities are preparing for an oil spill from a sunken container ship after efforts to tow the vessel into deeper waters failed. The Singapore-registered X-Press Pearl had been on fire for two weeks near the port of Colombo. Part of the hull has now settled on the seabed. Experts fear hundreds of tonnes of oil in the ship's tanks could devastate nearby marine life and beaches.
The X-Press Pearl had been carrying 25 tonnes of nitric acid, along with other chemicals and cosmetics, when it caught fire on 20 May. Many of the ship's 1,486 containers tumbled into the sea before the huge blaze was put out earlier this week. Pollution from the ship - including millions of plastic pellets which are the raw material for shopping bags - has already coated stretches of Sri Lanka's western coastline.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57343139
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57343139 https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/6/3/sri-lanka-braces-for-almost-inevitable-oil-spill-as-ship-sinks
https://richierde.users.earthengine.app/view/xpress-pearl-ship-smoke
https://twitter.com/OceanswellOrg/status/1399378695819862022

Satellite Image

   Before Disaster   

   JAXA   

2021-03-15

ALOS-2 Level1.1
BRS HH ALOS2 36782/0120 2021/03/15 FBD R 1.1 __A

2021-03-15

ALOS-2 Level2.1
IMG HH ALOS2 36782/0120 2021/03/15 FBD R 2.1 GUA

   After Disaster   

   JAXA   

2021-06-07

ALOS-2 Level1.1
BRS HH ALOS2 38024/0120 2021/06/07 FBD R 1.1 __A

2021-06-07

ALOS-2 Level2.1
IMG HH ALOS2 38024/0120 2021/06/07 FBD R 2.1 GUA

   GISTDA   

2021-06-02

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 M 2021/06/02 04:16:07.5 0223-0335

2021-06-02

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 M 2021/06/02 04:16:13.3 0223-0335

2021-06-02

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/02 04:16:03.5 0223-0335 0

2021-06-02

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/02 04:16:06.9 0223-0335 0

2021-06-02

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/02 04:16:10.3 0223-0336 0

2021-06-02

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/02 04:16:13.7 0223-0336 0

2021-06-02

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/02 04:16:17.1 0223-0337 0

2021-06-03

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 M 2021/06/03 05:39:06.6 0223-0335

2021-06-03

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 M 2021/06/03 05:39:10.7 0223-0335

2021-06-06

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/06 04:39:12.8 0223-0335 0

2021-06-06

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/06 04:39:16.2 0223-0335 0

2021-06-06

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/06 04:39:19.6 0223-0336 0

2021-06-06

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/06 04:39:22.9 0223-0336 0

2021-06-06

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/06 04:39:26.3 0223-0337 0

2021-06-06

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 M 2021/06/06 04:39:16.6 0223-0335

2021-06-06

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 M 2021/06/06 04:39:22.7 0223-0335

2021-06-07

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 M 2021/06/07 04:19:58.7 0223-0336 0

2021-06-07

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 M 2021/06/07 04:20:03.4 0223-0336

2021-06-07

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/07 04:19:52.2 0223-0335

2021-06-07

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/07 04:19:54.6 0223-0335 0

2021-06-07

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/07 04:19:58.0 0223-0336 0

2021-06-07

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/07 04:20:01.4 0223-0336 0

2021-06-07

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/07 04:20:04.7 0223-0336 0

2021-06-07

THEOS1 level 2A
T1 P 2021/06/07 04:20:07.1 0223-0336

   ISRO   

2021-06-09

Resourcesat-2 AWIFS
Path=103 Row=070
09-JUN-2021 05:12:58

2021-06-09

Resourcesat-2 L4FX
Path=103 Row=069
09-JUN-2021 05:12:32

2021-06-09

Resourcesat-2 L4FX
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09-JUN-2021 05:12:52

   NARL   

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 MS
FS5 G000 MS L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:23

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 PAN
FS5 G000 PAN L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:23

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 PMS
FS5 G000 PMS L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:23

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 MS
FS5 G001 MS L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:27

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 PAN
FS5 G001 PAN L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:27

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 PMS
FS5 G001 PMS L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:27

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 MS
FS5 G002 MS L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:30

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 PAN
FS5 G002 PAN L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:30

2021-06-11

FORMOSAT-5 Level4 PMS
FS5 G002 PMS L4UTM 2021/06/11 05:36:30

Product

   AIT   

2021-06-07

POSSIBLE OIL SPILL DETECTED OFF THE WEST CORST, SRI LANKA


2021-06-07

POSSIBLE OIL SPILL DETECTED OFF THE WEST CORST, SRI LANKA


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