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Chart of the biggest oil spills in history

Oil Spill / Tanker Location Date Metric tons of crude oil
Lakeview Gusher United States, Kern County, California March 14, 1909 1,230,000
Gulf War oil spill Iraq, Persian Gulf and Kuwait January 23, 1991 750,000–1,100,000
Ixtoc I oil spill Mexico, Gulf of Mexico June 3, 1979 – March 23, 1980 454,000–480,000
Atlantic Empress / Aegean Captain Trinidad and Tobago July 19, 1979 287,000
Fergana Valley Uzbekistan March 2, 1992 285,000
Nowruz Field Platform Iran, Persian Gulf February 4, 1983 260,000
ABT Summer Angola, 700 nmi (1,300 km; 810 mi) offshore May 28, 1991 260,000
Castillo de Bellver South Africa, Saldanha Bay August 6, 1983 252,000
Amoco Cadiz France, Brittany March 16, 1978 223,000
M/T Haven Italy, Mediterranean Sea near Genoa April 11, 1991 144,000
Odyssey Canada, 700 nmi (1,300 km; 810 mi) off Nova Scotia November 10, 1988 132,000
Sea Star Iran, Gulf of Oman December 19, 1972 115,000
Irenes Serenade Greece, Pylos February 23, 1980 100,000
Urquiola Spain, A Coruña May 12, 1976 100,000
Torrey Canyon England, Isles of Scilly March 18, 1967 80,000–119,000
Deepwater Horizon United States, Gulf of Mexico April 20, 2010 to present 77,000–250,000