Officials Eye Bay Area Quake as Cause of Oil Refinery Fire in Crockett

Yesterday, California County News reported on a 4.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the Bay Area this week. As we noted, sheriff’s officials said there had been no damage. As it turns out, that may not be the case.

The Associated Press reports:


Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air...


Video footage of the fire showed an explosion so strong that it blew the lid from one tank high into the air. The fire badly damaged or destroyed two tanks containing about 250,000 gallons of ethanol.

The fire burned for about 7 hours. It took 200 firefighters to battle the blaze.

According to KQED, the earthquake caused problems at two other oil refineries in the region.

A number of aftershocks have followed since Tuesday’s temblor.