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Officials: “Large release” of methane off Los Angeles coast — Unusual concentrations detected by haz-mat crews — Gas may be from shift in tectonic plates

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CBS Los Angeles, March 3, 2013 (Emphasis Added): Authorities say a foul odor that spurred calls to fire departments throughout the city on Sunday is possibly the result of the large release of methane in the Santa Monica Bay. Santa Monica Fire said in a department statement that they believe the strong odor was caused by a naturally occurring methane leak below the ocean floor. “This morning there was a large release of natural ocean floor methane released in the Santa Monica Bay,” the statement said. […] Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, said the odor was noted inland from the Santa Monica Bay.

KPCC (h/t Anonymous tip), March 3, 2013: Santa Monica fire haz-mat crews detected unusual concentrations of odorless methane gas in the air that they believed to be coming from either a patch of pungent algae or a sulfurous gas-laced methane bubble, said a dispatcher. That may night be the case, however. Sam Atwood, a spokesman for the Air Quality Management District (AQMD), said his agency has not confirmed the Santa Monica Fire Department’s theory.

KTLA, March 4, 2013: Officials say a foul stench in Santa Monica over was probably caused by a large release of methane in the ocean. […] A Santa Monica fire hazmat team took readings off the coast near San Vicente Blvd., and found methane in the water. […] Authorities said that recent changes in water temperature may have caused plankton and algae beds to bloom, releasing methane just below the surface. The gas also might have been produced by a geologic event, such as a shift in tectonic plates.

KABC, March 3, 2013: Santa Monica hazmat crews found unusual concentrations of odorless methane gas in the air. Officials believe either a pocket of stinky algae, or a bubble of methane laced with sulfurous gas, surfaced in the ocean.

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4 Responses to Officials: “Large release” of methane off Los Angeles coast — Unusual concentrations detected by haz-mat crews — Gas may be from shift in tectonic plates

  1. NC says:

    Yea right. A patch of stinky algae is causing all the foul odor in the Ocean. Tell me another one.

    And I suppose a really big elephant had caused the sinkhole in Florida as well as the booming noises that have been going on in our country for the past few years.

    Really? Does it look like I was born yesterday? I have a headache everyday from all of this stupidity.

    • Jolly Roger says:

      what’s worse is the expected stupidity….it’s insulting that they expect us to be stupid enough to believe it.

      • uninformedluddite says:

        I’m sorry JR but if the mundanes in the US are anything like the mundanes in my neighbourhood it’s a slam dunk excuse.
        I am seeing multiple examples of really stupid in action on a daily basis.
        Consider a class of college students where only one pupil was able to work out how to cut a clean line through paper with a Stanley knife(I think you might call them boxcutters) and a bog-standard ruler. One of them held the paper in the air near his left wrist slashing through the air at it for a while.
        These are the supposedly educated children of white middle class suburbia.

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