Ecological disaster declared after tsunami waves cause large oil spill in Peru

It’s unclear how many gallons of oil leaked from the tanker Mare Doricum and refinery operations.

LIMA, Peru – Several beaches and waterways along Peru’s central coast were coated with oil after authorities said tsunami waves from the Tonga eruption caused a tanker to leak on Saturday, causing an ecological disaster.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines said the tanker Mare Doricum was in the process of unloading crude at a refinery when the unusual waves struck.

Several agencies worked to clean up the spill but said they had already found dead marine life near the town of Ventanilla.

Photos from the area show birds and other marine life coated with the black slime.


With more than 1,800 species of birds and more than 300 variations of fish, the small South American country is considered one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet.

Environmental agencies said that around 2,000 gallons of oil was recovered along a beach in the central part of the country, but it remains unclear on the exact amount lost.

Peru’s Foreign Ministry said the oil spill was the worst ecological disaster in recent times for the country and is causing serious damage to the fishing industry.

Authorities warned that Repsol, the energy company running the refinery operations, would be held responsible.