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Circle of fire in the Gulf of Mexico is now under control.

Image Credit: Screenshot from a video uploaded on Twitter account MLopezSanMartin

A massive blaze that struck the sea in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday at 5.15am, has been extinguished. The company, Petroleos Mexicanos, said that the gas leak led to a huge fire in the sea, which looked like lava spewing from a volcano.

The company immediately deployed fire control boats to extinguish the fire with more water. Luckily nooone was injured in the accident in the offshore Ku-Maloob-Zaap field.

The gas leak occurred 140metres away from the drilling platform and the control boats managed to bring the fire under control five hours later.

Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director for the Centre for Biological Diversity said

The frightening footage of the Gulf of Mexico is showing the world that offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous. These horrific accidents will continue to harm the Gulf if we don’t end offshore drilling once and for all

Miyoko Sakashita.

An investigation has been launched to determine what exactly happened. It is yet unknown how much environmental damage was done the gas leak and fire caused.

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