If the BP Oil Spill was Centered in L.A., It Would Look Like This
If you don't know the geography of the Gulf of Mexico, the scope of the BP oil spill might be lost. Now, thanks a software developer from Michigan, you can simply plug in your city and see how big the spill would be in your city was the Deepwater Horizon rig.
This interactive tool has been floating around the internet since late May, but programmer Andy Litner usually updates it daily with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And with President Barack Obama's oil-focused primetime speech tonight, you might want to take a look if you haven't already.
If Southern California were an ocean, the spill originating in downtown L.A. would cover Los Angeles and Ventura counties and leak into Orange, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside and Kern counties.