Environmental disaster averted in Coos Bay, Oregon

A Coast Guard helicopter is dwarfed in size as it surveys at first sunlight the ecological damage caused by the 639-foot tanker New Carissa which broke into two after running aground at Coos Bay, Oregon on February 12, 1999. The ship broke apart overnight after U.S. Navy demolitions experts used explosives to ignite and to attempt to burn-off the 400,000 gallons of fuel aboard the vessel to avert an ecologically disastrous oil spill. Photography by Anthony Bolante © The Image Arsenal

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