15.7.2022 | Nature
Health Council recommends not swimming at Stroomi Beach in Tallinn due to oil pollution
Text Mark Taylor
Photo Andrei Chertkov
On June 25, an old heavy oil spill was discovered in the central area of Stroomi Beach in Kopli, Tallinn. As a precaution, the Rescue Board taped off a 300m strip of the beach. However, despite cleaning commencing on June 28, the spill has now gone beyond the original sealed-off area, and the Health Council strongly discourages swimming at the beach.
The pollution was first discovered back on June 25th as it had to begun to seep up from just beneath the sand. It was established that the polluted area impacted a 300m long stretch of sand in the central area of the beach.
On June 28, this area was sealed off, and cleaning of the area began. To date, 42 bags of heavy oil products have been cleaned from the area. Most of the oil was at a depth of about 1m.
However, despite the work, the situation appears to have worsened, as petroleum products have been found in the swimming area outside of the sealed-off area of the beach. According to the Rescue Board, the direction and size of the spreading area can change due to current weather conditions.
The presence of petroleum products poses a risk to swimmers and sunbathers, especially young children. As a result, the Health Council strongly discourages swimming at Stroomi Beach until the pollution has been removed.
The source of the oil remains unknown at present.
To learn more about this and similar topicsBeach
22.11.2023 | Nature
Estonian Environment Agency issues heavy snow warning for this evening and overnight
The Estonian Environment Agency has issued a level 2 “dangerous” weather warning for heavy snow and blizzard conditions for … Read more
21.10.2023 | Nature
Pumpkin Festival begins at Tallinn Botanical Garden
From today, October 21, until November 5, Tallinn Botanical Garden will host a pumpkin festival, where interesting varieties of … Read more
18.10.2023 | Nature
Biodiverse cities are a must for the future of humanity
What kind of a city do we want to live in? Why do we need nature in the city? … Read more
19.9.2023 | Nature
The Matsalu International Nature Film Festival will present more than 50 nature films
The 12-day-long Matsalu International Nature Film Festival (MAFF) will begin tomorrow, September 20. The festival, which traditionally starts in … Read more
12.9.2023 | Nature
Annual Mushroom Exhibition open at the Estonian Museum of Natural History
The annual Mushroom Exhibition (“Seenenäitus” in Estonian) is now open at the Estonian Museum of Natural History in Tallinn. … Read more
31.7.2023 | Leisure
Over 70,000 people have already visited Tallinn Zoo’s new Southeast Asian Rainforest house
Tallinn Zoo has announced that its new Southeast Asian Rainforest exhibition was visited by nearly 70,000 people in its … Read more
23.7.2023 | Nature
10 Free Things to do in Tallinn
1. Explore Old Town Tallinn’s old town is recognised by UNESCO as the best example of a medieval walled … Read more
28.6.2023 | Nature
A summer trip to Estonian nature
The Estonian Amazon invites you to paddle Soomaa National Park has sometimes been called the Amazon of Estonia. The … Read more