(CBS) Mexico’s state-owned oil company said Friday it suffered a rupture in an undersea gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico, sending flames boiling to the surface in the Gulf waters.
Petroleos Mexicanos said it had dispatched fire control boats to pump more water over the flames.
Pemex, as the company is known, said nobody was injured in the incident in the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap field.
The leak near dawn Friday occurred about 150 yards (meters) from a drilling platform. The company said it had brought the gas leak under control about five hours later.
But the accident gave rise to the strange sight of roiling balls of flame boiling up from below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
It was unclear how much environmental damage the gas leak and oceanic fireball had caused.
Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director for the Center for Biological Diversity, wrote that “the frightening footage of the Gulf of Mexico is showing the world that offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous.”
Sakashita added, “These horrific accidents will continue to harm the Gulf if we don’t end offshore drilling once and for all.”
CAMPECHE SOUND, Mexico (KXAN) — An underwater pipeline explosion Friday at an offshore satellite platform in the Gulf of Mexico’s Campeche Sound has the internet keeping an eye out for legendary movie monster Godzilla.
The explosion happened after a gas leak at Pemex’s Ku-Maloob-Zaap platform complex — creating surging flames from beneath the waves, according to Bloomberg Green. By around 11 a.m., Pemex was able to control the incident, with no injuries or evacuations reported.
With everyone safe and the inferno quelled, Twitterers noticed similarities between the fire and scenes from the “Gozilla” franchise when the Kaiju emerges from underwater.
Meanwhile, another monster — one from literature — also trended.
The explosion was also compared to classic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic Cthulhu, an evil sea monster bearing a head similar to a giant octopus. First introduced in Lovecraft’s 1928 short story “The Call of Cthulhu,” the character would become a fixture among the author’s many interconnected works.
Meanwhile, the prehistoric Godzilla first appeared in 1954’s “Godzilla,” out of Japan. The “King of the Monsters,” has appeared in countless films, games, comics and TV shows since. But he likely isn’t making an appearance in the Gulf of Mexico anytime soon — for now.