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Sanchi oil spill (China) seen by Sentinel-1 / 2 / 3

Since the collision, Sanchy oil spill is monitored by the various Sentinel satellites. The right image is the view #3 of Sentinel-2 HR optical observed on 18 January 2018 on 02:20:21 GMT showing a 100 km x 200 km slick around the sinking point.

Except in case of specular reflection (reflection of the Sun on the surface of the sea), it is very rare to distinguish a oil slick on the surface of the sea. Here we observe the intense combustion of the boat and its cargo a few hours before its sinking.

This document published by VisioTerra illustrates the potential of Sentinel missions to monitor the oil spill occurring in China Sea.

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