An underwater gas leak from a pipeline running through the Gulf of Mexico ocean has been named the ‘Eye of Fire’ and sent the internet ablaze this week. All eyes from the global community were on the Mexican state oil company Pemex as they sought quickly to extinguish the blaze causing unprecedented amounts of damage to the fragile ocean ecosystems. As the unusual sight of the ocean on fire was caught on camera, it quickly went viral on the internet, with many calling it typical of the catastrophes that now seem commonplace in 2021. 

The fire occurred just west of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico and began early last Friday. The fire took place on the surface of the water, with water currents making it seem as though molten lava was bubbling from the waves. It took place only a short distance from a Pemex oil platform. It was called the ‘Eye of Fire’ by social media users in reference to its circular shape. The fire took over five hours to put out and was finally extinguished in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

The fire occurred near to the Ku Maloob Zaap oil development, an important flagship rig for the Pemex oil company. The development is located in the Gulf of Mexico just north of the southern rim. Thankfully no one was reported hurt or injured by the event and pemex have said the ongoing project has not been affected. Since it does not yet know the cause of the fire it says it is keen to investigate the fire’s origins. The Ku Maloob Zaap oil development produces the largest amount of oil from all of Pemex’s oil rigs and is responsible for roughly 40% of the company’s output. Pemex averages almost 1.7 million barrels of oil per day.

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