How this spill compares
1979 Ixtoc rig explosion: 140 million gallons over 10 months in the Gulf of Mexico
1989 Exxon-Valdez tanker crash: 11 million gallons in Prince William Sound, Alaska
1993 Egmont Key 3-ship crash: 336,000 gallons into Tampa Bay
2010: If this rig continues to leak at its current rate for 3 months, it will release 18.9 million gallons
Tanker crash spilled oil in Tampa Bay
Times file photos, 1993
On August 10, 1993, two barges and a tanker collided at the mouth of Tampa Bay, spilling 300,000 gallons of oil and 33,000 gallons of jet fuel. The spill fouled 13 miles of Pinellas beaches. For $35 million, crews managed to clean up most of the oil within three weeks, in time for Labor Day tourists, but few showed up.
In 1989, a tanker left a filling station, hit a reef and spilled 11 million gallons into Alaska's Prince William Sound. It wasn't the largest spill ever, but it's considered one of the most devastating man-made disasters because the sound's remote location hindered cleanup efforts. Tens of thousands of sea birds, otters and other marine animals died.
Source: U.S. Coast Guard
This Red Necked Greb was covered in oil after the Exxon-Valdez spill.
Ixtoc I spill
A Mexican government-owned oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979, leaking 140 million gallons before it was sealed 10 months later. Two months after the explosion, oil washed ashore in Texas, 600 miles north of the rig.
DON MORRIS, STEVE MADDEN, CRAIG PITTMAN, RON BRACKETT, DARLA CAMERON | Times
Drawing is schematic, not to scale