Ixtoc I oil well, S. Gulf of Mexico
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June 3, 1979 | Cause: Blowout
600,000 tons


Nowruz oil field, Persian Gulf
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Feb. 1983 | Cause: Blowout
600,000 tons (est.)


Atlantic Princess & Aegean Captain, off Trinidad and Tobago
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July 19, 1979 | Cause: Collision
300,000 tons


Castillo de Beliver, off Cape Town, South Africa
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Aug. 6, 1983 | Cause: Fire
250,000 tons


Amoco Cadiz, near Portsall, France
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March 16, 1978 | Cause: Grounding
223,000 tons




In comparison, the Exxon Valdez spill off of Prince William Sound, Alaska was a relatively small spillage of 34,000.

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