The Ocean Caught Fire In The Gulf of Mexico

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The Ocean Caught Fire In The Gulf of Mexico

Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex says a fire on the ocean surface west of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula has been extinguished, blaming it on an underwater pipeline leak. Videos of the fire have gone viral since it broke out.

The fire erupted from the ocean water with orange flames that looked like molten lava. It was dubbed an "eye of fire" on social media due to its circular shape and the fact that it was nearby an oil platform owned by Pemex. The fire took more than five hours to fully put out and workers used nitrogen to control the fire.

The fire began in an underwater pipeline that connects to a platform at Pemex's most important flagship the Ku Maloob Zaap oil development. The
Ku Maloob Zaap is located just up from the southern rim of the Gulf of Mexico. Almost 40% of Pemex's daily crude production comes from Ku Maloob Zaap, which accounts for the largest chunk of the company's oil operations. According to a Pemex, "The turbomachinery of Ku Maloob Zaap's active production facilities were affected by an electrical storm and heavy rains"

Pemex said no injuries were reported, and production from the project was not affected after the gas leak ignited around 5:15 a.m. local time. It was completely extinguished by 10:30 a.m. Pemex says it will investigate the cause of the fire.

Angel Carrizales, head of Mexico's oil safety regulator ASEA, wrote on Twitter that the incident "did not generate any spill." It is not clear what was burning on the water's surface.

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  • Dominick Mitchem

    The oil industry’s time is ticking draining the planet of so many of nature’s that will clearly be need the year 2200..

  • Juan Pablo

    ¿Este incendio en el golfo de México tiene alguna conexión con la explosión en el mar Caspio?

  • Diana

    No injuries? Wtf do you think happened to every living thing inside the water?

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