BLAST FROM THE PAST: Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck visible on Google Maps

3 years ago
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The ongoing trials and tribulations of Carnival’s cruise ship “Triumph” (which you can read about by clicking here) have led to the emergence of a ghost of ship wrecks past — at least technologically.

On January 12, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship (also owned by Carnival) hit a reef and ran aground at Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, leaving 32 people dead.

Interestingly enough, the ship — which was declared a “constructive total loss” — is still laying upon it’s side just off the coast of Isola del Giglio. Plans call for the Costa Concordia to be re-floated in the summer of 2013 and towed away to a shipyard where it will be cut up for scrap.

But until then, you can check out some amazing images on Google Maps. Take a look:

Can you spot the Costa Concordia? From far away, the ship looks like an extension of the island:

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Can you see it now? Getting closer, but still blending in:

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If you can’t identify it in this image, please consider glasses or contact lenses. The rows of windows are clearly visible:

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It’s a ship for sure:

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Crazy! Over a year later and the Costa Concordia is still there, no doubt about it:

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RYOT NOTE: Well, the only good news about the Costa Concordia is that there hasn’t been a devastating ecological disaster — not yet, anyway. The ship is still full of fuel and needs to be taken care of before degradation causes any serious leaks. It’s so important to keep our oceans clean, and if that’s something that matters to you, we urge you to check out Oceana. They are without a doubt the leading organization working to protect our oceans from pollution. You can support their efforts by donating today, or by sharing this story.

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