Astonishing Viral Video Shows an “Eye of Fire” Raging on the Gulf of Mexico

Have you ever seen the ocean on fire?

On Friday, July 2, 2021, a fire raged on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico due to a gas leak from an underwater pipeline. Like a sight straight out of a fantasy film, the surreal image of a circular fire pit in the middle of endless blue waves evoked apocalyptic scenes reminiscent of Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Also known as the “eye of fire,” the dramatic—and terrifying—scene went viral during its more than five-hour blaze.

The underwater pipeline is controlled by Mexican-state-owned petroleum company Pemex, and the fire began at its flagship Ku Maloob Zaap oil development. At this point, it’s unclear what was the cause of the fire, but it’s known that the leak ignited around 5:15 a.m. local time and was put out by 10:30 a.m.

This incident has brought attention to the dangers of oil drilling, for both people and the environment. On Twitter, astonished users tweeted about the devastating phenomenon while amplifying the need for clean energy. “I know this might sound controversial,” EartherManaging Editor Brian Kahn wrote, “but maybe extracting fossil fuels from the seafloor (or anywhere really) is a bad idea.” […]

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4 Responses to Astonishing Viral Video Shows an “Eye of Fire” Raging on the Gulf of Mexico

  1. The poor animals that must have died because of this!
    Science is still on the line that it is necessary to produce energy (so that somebody can make money of it), instead of using the energy that is already there. That is what Tesla was researching, and see how he ended …


    • agogo22 says:

      I was under the impression that all forms of energy generation have some cots associated (usually environmental in some way), so what were Tesla’s proposals? I’ve seen some articles about his theories as to transmission, but not generation (but not looked recently).

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      • Tesla’s idea was to collect the energy that is already there. So no burning of anything or meddling with the structure of atoms. I just now found this website:
        The “hardware” will, of course, always cost something. So there should be opportunity enough for some people to earn money, just not the oil and coal companies.
        Than there is the use of wind and water, which- in my eyes – is already a better solution. You presented the latest new invention from Norway not long ago, which was extremely interesting. But collecting enery sounds like the best solution to me. However, no money has been used to follow that path, at least not officially … or I just didn’t hear about it.

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      • agogo22 says:

        Definitely a better path than we’re on!

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