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Peru oil spill after Tonga eruption an ‘ecological disaster’

An oil spill off the Peruvian coast has caused an "ecological disaster", authorities have said.

The La Pampilla refinery has leaked over 6,000 barrels of oil after a tanker was hit by waves linked to Tonga’s volcanic eruption on Saturday.

  • BBC

Authorities have sealed off three beaches damaged by the spill and say they have discovered scores of dead animals covered in oil.

Foreign ministry officials have urged operator Repsol to pay compensation.

“This is the worst ecological disaster that has occurred around Lima in recent times and has seriously damaged hundreds of fishermen’s families,” the ministry said in a…

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