Guamblin Island

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Guamblin Island
Native name: Isla Guamblin
Aysén Region
Location indicated by the red arrow
Geography
Coordinates 44°51′S 75°05′W / 44.85°S 75.08°W / -44.85; -75.08Coordinates: 44°51′S 75°05′W / 44.85°S 75.08°W / -44.85; -75.08
Adjacent bodies of water Pacific ocean
Length 16 km (9.9 mi)N-S
Width 8 km (5 mi)W-E
Country
Region Aisén
Additional information
NGA UFI=-883679

Guamblin Island, also known as Socorro Island, Nuestra Señora del Socorro or Huamblin, is a Chilean island. It is part of the Chonos Archipelago, although it is some 25 km distant from the other islands of the archipelago, far out in the Pacific Ocean.

The island is a National Park, and an Important Bird Area. It is a breeding ground of the Sooty Shearwater.[1]

Oil spill[edit]

In June 1973, the Liberian oil tanker Napier ran aground at the island and sparked off an oil spill (30,000 t of oil were released). After the rescue of the crew, she was fired upon and set on fire by Chilean Hawker Hunters in order to burn the oil and avoid further pollution.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International: site fact sheet
  2. ^ SIGWEB Sistemas integrados de Gestión, Carlos Saldivia, Las desconocidas historias de los tres derrames de petróleo en Chile, retrieved on 18 September 2013

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