Scientists at European Space Agency (ESA) say satellite images show that the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is finding its way to Florida.
The ESA scientist revealed on Wednesday that the giant oil spill from a damaged well operated by British Petroleum, has hit the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico.
As the clockwise powerful ocean current finds its way northwards, scientists warn, it will carry the oil spill off toward the US state of Florida.
"We have visible proof that at least oil from the surface of the water has reached the current," said Bertrand Chapron, a scientist at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, AFP reported.
"It is likely to reach Florida within six days," Chapron said.
BP Plc has failed so far to contain the crude gushing out from its exploded off-shore oil rig.
An estimated 210,000 gallons of crude are entering the sea every day and have exposed the environment to irreversible risks.
The most recent method employed by BP to suction the oil using a mile-long tube has been able to soak only one-fifth of the spewing crude.
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