Flames Emanate From Oil Refinery After 4.3-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Los Angeles

Flames from an oil refinery in Carson, California, illuminated the sky after a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck the area on the night of September 17, according to the US Geological Survey.

This footage, uploaded to Twitter, shows flames burning in the distance from the uploader’s home in Long Beach, California

The LA County Sheriff’s Department in Carson said a “controlled flaring event” was causing the flames at a nearby refinery and that no structural damage was reported.

According to local reports, the earthquake left the Marathon Petroleum refinery in Carson without power. This led the refinery to conduct flaring of excess gas, according to a spokesperson. Local residents shared videos after the earthquake showing the night sky lit up near the refinery. Credit: @Lindddz via Storyful

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