A rupture in the underwater gas pipeline created havoc in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill from the Mexican state-owned oil company pipeline caught fire, appearing as a live underwater cauldron of fire. Videos are viral all over the internet, showing humans trying to quench the ocean fire with water.
The "fire in the sea" happened 500 feet off a drilling platform, and was put out at 1045 hours, tweeted Pemex. Pemex is reportedly responsible for the faulty pipeline that connects to its flagship oil development platform - Ku Maloob Zaap. The "Eye of fire" outburst west of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula astonished netizens, and such names are now trending on social media. The fire took 5 hours to get under control and, according to the company, no casualties were reported. Moreover, no harm was witnessed by the project production, and the company is further investigating the root of the orange blaze.
According to Reuters, Pemex has a long history of industrial mishaps as a result of its ability to provide facilities. Angel Carrizales (Head of ASEA, Mexico) expressed concern about the incident, as the fire was in Mexico’s territory in the Gulf. He used Twitter to reach the audience waiting for updates.
He said that the ASEA followed up on the fire and it’s already been "attended and controlled" by Pemex staff "under its Emergency Response Protocols. "That's good to know," they said, adding, "the event produced no spills." [Translated]
The incident report from Pemex has a mention of Ku Maloob Zaap’s affected turbomachinery of the active production facilities, buzzed by an electrical storm and heavy rains. A Reuters source shared the details.
Reuters reported the involvement of boats that pumped water over the underwater cauldron, citing the company's incident report. Technically, nitrogen was used to control the blazing fire.
Mexican media houses, covering the incident, all shared videos showing an acutely distressing scene. The boiling orange glow filling the ocean brims, and boats showering water streams, in an evident approach to extinguish the fire. Some videos went viral, garnering over 10 million views on Twitter.
"Never in your life forget the time humans caught the ocean on fire and then tried to put it out by spraying water on it," tweeted podcaster Dave Anthony.