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Lessons from Valdez: 25 Years Later

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, rupturing the hull and spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine waters of Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of birds, mammals, and other marine organisms were killed or injured. Twenty-five years later, NOAA and its partners have developed new technologies that have greatly improved the way emergency managers respond to these disasters.