Dozens of popular tourist beaches on Australia's northeast coast were on Friday declared a disaster zone, with their once-pristine sands fouled by a massive oil and chemical slick.

Queensland state's marine safety authority said up to 100 tonnes of fuel were now believed to have spilled from the Hong Kong-flagged ship Pacific Adventurer amid cyclonic conditions early on Wednesday.

This video is from, broadcast Mar. 13, 2009.

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