Kolontar, the village nearest the reservoir, was immediately engulfed by a torrent of red sludge.
Zoltan Illes, Hungary’s Secretary of State for Environmental Affairs, visited Kolontar the day after the spill, calling it an “environmental disaster”.
EADS Astrium subsidiary Spot Image tasked the FORMOSAT-2 satellite to acquire imagery of the disaster area. A first image centred on the reservoir and nearby villages arrived on 7 October, clearly showing the breached western flank of the reservoir and the extent of the spill in Kolontar.
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