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January 19, 2012

Costa Concordia Shipwreck From Space


From Universe Today: "The deadly Costa Concordia shipwreck has been captured in a stunning high resolution image from space that vividly shows the magnitude of the disaster, with the huge luxury cruise ship precariously tipped on its side just off of the Tuscan coastline of the Italian Island of Giglio [Isola del Giglio]."


"The newly released image was taken by a commercial space satellite owned by DigitalGlobe flying some 300 miles overhead in low Earth orbit. The photo from a WorldView satellite was snapped on January 17, 2012 and shows exactly where the cruise ship ran aground five days ago on Friday, January 13, 2012."


"The Costa Concordia had just left port with over 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members aboard and was sailing extremely close to Giglio Island when it apparently struck underwater rocks that suddenly ripped a gigantic gash through the hull and capsized the ship, sending terrified passengers scrambling for their lives."


"Eleven people are confirmed dead so far and about two dozen people are still missing today as emergency rescue crews furiously search every nook and cranny on the cruise ship in a desperate bid to find anyone who may still be alive."

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Your map of Italy shows that Rome is in Campania, rather than Lazio. Check mapsoftheworld, they have a better one. (There are two Campanias on the map here.)

Posted by: Reeseman | Jan 24, 2012 1:54:00 PM

I'm of the opinion that the view shown here would be the preferred view of all of the Costa Concordia passengers and crew (the Captain was already in the ionosphere, from all reports).

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 19, 2012 3:46:36 PM

To be fair (?) the ship did keep going for a bit after the initial impact. It was a stupid, dangerous, and well, deadly decision, but not as entirely insane as it looks from the current pictures.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Jan 19, 2012 11:59:49 AM

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