The Rain in Spain Caused an Awful Lot of Pain
Thousands of tons of oil have begun to wash up on seaports and the beaches of Galicia, Spain, after the hull of a rusty oil tanker at sea cracked last week during a storm. The country has suspended fishing on parts of its northwestern coast and workers are trying desperately to limit any further damage from the accident. Dozens of tons of oil remain on the boat, and the World Wildlife Fund is warning that the spill could be twice the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster if the ship breaks in two and spills its full load. Spain says the oil tanker was cited twice in 1999 for violating safety regulations.