Two satellites belonging to the Europeans have detected disastrous oil spills around the Arctic Circle.
It is believed that over 15,000 tons of diesel oil spilled in the river around the Arctic Circle after a fuel cistern in a power plant close to the Siberian city of Norilsk fell on the 29th of May on a Friday. An investigating committee of the Russian government has started an investigation concerning the incident at hand, and this happened after the power plant allegedly waited two days to end so they could inform the Moscow authorities about the spillage that happened, and this is per the BBC
In an image obtained, it depicted that the oil spillage was going down the River of Ambarnaya on the 30th and 1st June. The picture shows how the river flows into Lake Pyasino, which deposits its water the Pyasaina River. The European Space Agency was observing from the orbit, and this was carried out by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission as it was able to spot the oil spillage. With this highly alarming concerning the Russian government went ahead and called in for a state of emergency.
As per the BBC news coverage, the oil spillage has polluted a length of land that covers around 350sqm. One thing about the ground’s subsidence, or the settling of the area, underneath storage cisterns, preserving the fuels is responsible behind the spillage. This event comes at a period whereby the temperatures are bizarrely at the top, which in turn makes the Arctic permafrost to meltdown.
An ESA mission consisting of two satellites is called Copernicus Sentinel-2, it is responsible for going around the planet earth in a sun-synchronous orbit. The task of the spacecraft is to screen and take photos of the high resolution of the surface of the planet, and the images are in high-resolution form to aid in precise observation of what is on the ground. The satellites give out crucial information to the Union of Europe Copernicus program, which concentrates on matters regarding a change in weather and climate, land screening, and managing emergency just in case it occurs.