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South Korea struggles to contain oil spill

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A massive operation is underway in South Korea to contain an oil spill that is threatening one of the country’s most scenic coastlines.

More than 10,000 tonnes of crude oil have gushed into the sea after a large oil tanker was hit by a barge eight kilometres off Daesan port.

The Taean region’s coast is popular for its beaches and is home to a national maritime park.

Strong winds and large waves are preventing efforts to clean up the leak, which officials say could reach the coast by Sunday.

The slick is about a third of the size of the Exxon Valdez spill, the costliest on record at around six billion euros.

However, it is thought additional spills are unlikely as the oil tanker, the Hebei Spirit, is listing slightly.