How Big is the BP Oil Spill? Map Lets You See For Yourself

By Bradley Blackburn

May 26, 2010 10:36am

At least 7 million gallons of crude have gushed into the ocean so far from the BP oil spill, but it can be hard to grasp the size of the spill when you hear those figures. Google Maps engineering manager Paul Rademacher has made it a lot easier to understand. Harnessing Google Earth and government data, he's created a site where you can compare the size of the spill to something easier to relate to — say New York, Houston or any other city you like. Check it out at: For more coverage of the BP spill, click here to return to the World News site.

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