Imax – Fires of Kuwait – FULL – 9 subtitles (English, Swedish, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, Polish, Dutch – Holland)
Peste 600 de sonde potroliere din Kuveit au fost de detonate de avioanele militare ale lui Sadam Hussein. Pentru ca focul, fumul si poluarea atmosferei sa fie oprite a fost necesara deplasarea multor echipe de pompieri si militari. Au fost amplasate masinarii si pompe care au tras apa din mare si astfel focul sa poate fi oprit.
The Kuwaiti oil fires were caused by Iraqi military forces setting fire to more than 600 oil wells as part of a scorched earth policy while retreating from Kuwait in 1991 after invading the country but being driven out by Coalition military forces (see Gulf War). The fires started in January and February 1991 and the last one was extinguished by November 1991.
The resulting fires burned out of control because of the dangers of sending in firefighting crews. Land mines had been placed in areas around the oil wells, and a military cleaning of the areas was necessary before the fires could be put out. Around 6 million barrels (950,000 m3) of oil were lost each day. Eventually, privately contracted crews extinguished the fires, at a total cost of US$1.5 billion to Kuwait. By that time, however, the fires had burned for approximately ten months, causing widespread pollution…