What would Hawaii look like if the BP Gulf oil spill had happened here instead of Louisiana?
I wondered which islands would it effect, given the spill’s current size, and found an interactive map that moves the spill to any location. Disturbingly, if the spill was centered in Honolulu, it would coat O’ahu, Kaua’i, Moloka’i and Maui.
If the spill grows as expected, it would reach all of the islands within a few weeks. It would be an epic disaster, given our rare and endangered plant and animal life, dependency on beach tourism, and general reliance on the ocean for food and recreation. Perhaps this puts into better perspective what the people in the Gulf are suffering.