The day Deepwater Horizon sank – level 2


Deepwater Horizon was a modern oil rig. It took oil from the ground under the sea in the Gulf of Mexico.

On April 20, 2010, there was a big concentration of methane on the rig. It caused a series of explosions which resulted in a big fire. The fire was visible from 40 kilometers away.

Eleven workers were killed in the accident and others were injured. The rig was evacuated. The injured workers were taken to hospital.

36 hours after the first explosion, Deepwater Horizon sank on April 22. 2010. The biggest problem was that the hole in the ground under the sea was still open. Oil was coming out of the hole. People tried to close it, but they didn’t succeed. A lot of oil was coming from the hole for many days. A big area of the sea was affected.

Finally, on July 15 people were able to close the hole, but it was too late. The oil already caused a big environmental disaster in the sea and on the coast of the United States. Many animals died during this disaster.

Difficult words: rig (a machine which takes oil from the ground under the sea), methane (a gas which people use for cooking), visible (possible to see), sank (went underwater), environmental (connected to nature).

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