South Korea has sent out a fleet of ships to try to prevent 2.7 million gallons of oil that leaked from a supertanker from reaching an ecologically sensitive shoreline, the AP reports. A crane-carrying barge collided with the tanker 93 miles southwest of Seoul, causing the spill. Authorities are setting up fences to try to contain the nearly 5-mile-long slick, the largest spill in South Korean history.
The coast near the spill is both a popular beach attraction and an important region for migrating birds. The tanker was at anchor when the accident occurred. The barge was being towed from a construction site in high winds and waves when the wire to the tugboat snapped, and it went out of control.