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  Submarine to check out oil slick tanker
Updated 22 November 2002, 17.56
There is loads to clean up
A submarine is being sent to check up on the tanker that caused a massive oil slick after breaking in half off Spain.

The tanker sank on Tuesday with thousands of tonnes of oil still inside, and people are worried that it could still leak out.

  Click here to see how animals are affected

The tanker is deep under the sea where it's really cold, and experts hope the oil will have turned solid and won't leak out.

But they're not sure - which is why the sub is going down to see what's going on.

Map of the spill
A satellite picture shows the slick leaking out from the tanker on the left
So far, between 10,000 and 20,000 tonnes have leaked into the sea, causing loads of damage to the local environment.

Only one slick has hit the Spanish coast, but another four are being driven towards Spain by high winds.

  Click here for Lizo's eyewitness report of the oil spill

The oil that has already hit the coast has caused 100 beaches to be closed and has put loads of fisherman out of work.

The Spanish government has stopped all fishing until things get better.

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