PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs

PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potentially Toxic Time Bombs
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Japanese forces sunk the U.S.S. Mississinewa, an American tanker, near the Micronesian island of Yap in 1944.

More than half a century later, the Mississinewa was jostled during a typhoon and began leaking more than 300 gallons of oil a day. Micronesia declared a state of emergency.

Because the ship is considered U.S. property, the Navy launched a cleanup in 2003 and offloaded most of its remaining oil, recovering nearly two million gallons.
—Photograph by Storekeeper 1st Class Simon Harris/U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph
 
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