Huge explosion in the Caspian Sea.
Image Credit: Screenshot from a video uploaded on Twitter account Liveuamap
On Sunday, a massive explosion has been reported near an oil platform located in the Caspian Sea off the coast of Azerbaijan. Officials attributed the explosion to a ‘mud volcano’ eruption but they did not offer more details. The explosion occured 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Umid gas field, which is around 75 kilometers (45 miles) off the coast of Baku.
The explosion occurred at 9:30pm local time and footage revealed a ball of fire in the sea shooting flames into the sky. Initially, local media reported it as an explosion on a nearby oil platform, but the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) said that there was no explosion on their platform. The oil company continued that the explosion was caused by a mud volcano.
Azerbaijani officials have said that the oil platform and all of its employees are safe. Offshore fields are the main source of Azerbaijani gas output, most of which is exported to Europe.