|WWII wrecks 'threaten Micronesia'|
Posted by Patrick on September 09, 2008 at 11:12:32:|
WWII wrecks 'threaten Micronesia'
By Phil Mercer
Australian scientists are warning of an environmental disaster in Micronesia
The wrecks attract tourists from all over the world but now appear to be a
Thousands of Japanese and US vessels are scattered on the sea beds in the
Micronesia is in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of 600 islands.
Diving and fishing are the region's main sources of revenue, but both could
Scientists have said that an oil slick from a submerged ship is already
"We saw quite a long slick from one of the oil tankers, the Hoyo Maru," Dr
Mr Jeffery, who has been recruited by the Micronesian government to assess
The oil "could come out quite massively if a typhoon comes", he said. "With
This fragile situation could also be destabilised by the local practice of
Draining the oil would be an expensive business but it can be done safely.
In 2003 the US navy extracted fuel from a sunken World War II tanker in
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