Stricken ship splits in two off New Zealand coast

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A light sheen of oil extended about two miles from the wrecked cargo ship Rena that split in two over the weekend, but so far the damage appears small compared to the environmental disaster created when the vessel ran aground in October, New Zealand authorities said Monday.

Earlier, at least 20 more containers from the Rena were reported to have washed up on Matakana Island overnight.

Grant Dyson, spokesman for recovery company Braemar Howells, thought at least 32 containers had now washed ashore, about 25 of them on Matakana, with others on Waihi Beach.

Click here for the full report from New Zealand and click here for an MSNBC report with several dramatic aerial photos.