Back in the 50s some science fiction guys dreamed up a fantastical alien threat to humanity, a horrifying amorphous blob that devoured everything in its path. Nobody predicted that only 50 years later, it's real, it's here, and it's coming to kill us.
Check out this site: it's a real-time satelite feed showing a map of the current extent of the surface slick from the oil volcano. You can move it around to get an idea just how big it is. Type in the name of your home town and see how it looks.
Here's a screen shot of it centered on Seattle, wiping out three National Parks, all of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and Greater Sea-Tac Metropolitan area.