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Tuesday, 19 November, 2002, 12:13 GMT
In pictures: Spanish oil slick
Oil slicks continue to menace Spanish beaches, after a stricken tanker broke in two and sank off the country's north-west coast.

The Prestige sinking on Tuesday 19 November
The oil tanker sank into the Atlantic on Tuesday, taking its cargo of 77,000 tons of fuel oil with it.

Aerial shot of oil on Malpica beach ( photo courtesy of AFP)
The oil slicks that Spaniards are calling a "black tide" have now soiled a 400km (250 miles) stretch of coastline.

Volunteer on a beach (l) and members of Greenpeace take samples (r) (pictures courtesy of AP and AFP)
Volunteers are working to minimise the damage.

Volunteers battling against the storms
Much depends on the weather. There are fears that strong winds could blow more oil onto the coast.

Fishermen continue to dig for cockles and clams on a Spanish beach
Local fishermen are trying to carry on, but their trade has been dealt a severe blow.

Volunteers help treat birds affected by the oil
Help is on hand for some birds caught up in the disaster.

dead bird on a Spanish beach
But there are fears of much worse to come.

Spain's coast and maritime fauna are threatened by the oil spill from the break-up of the Prestige

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