The Latest: Authorities seek cause for California fuel fire




  • In US
  • 2019-10-16 14:51:30Z
  • By Associated Press

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a fire at a Northern California fuel storage facility (all times local):

7:50 a.m.

Officials are trying to determine 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 trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air.

The earthquake struck about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast from the NuStar Energy fuel storage facility in the Bay Area community of Crockett 15 hours before the fire started Tuesday.

Randy Sawyer, Contra Costa County's chief environmental health and hazardous materials officer, tells KQED News that quake caused malfunctions at two nearby oil refineries operated by Shell and Marathon oil.

County health officials late Tuesday lifted a shelter in place order affecting about 12,000 people. But at least four schools in the area closed on Wednesday as a precaution.

Contra Costa County health department spokesman Karl Fischer didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

___

12 a.m.

Authorities are looking into the cause of a fire at a Northern California fuel storage facility that trapped thousands of people in their homes to avoid potentially dangerous air.

It took seven hours to contain a fire that erupted Tuesday afternoon at the NuStar Energy tank farm about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

The fire followed a 4.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the Bay Area Monday night but fire officials said they haven't determined whether that might have caused any problems at the tank farm.

The fire spewed an enormous black cloud that could be seen for miles and concern that it might contain hazardous particles prompted officials to warn about 12,000 people to stay indoors with their doors and windows sealed.

The warnings were lifted Tuesday night after the fire was contained.

The refinery, meanwhile, is shut down.

COMMENTS

More Related News

California
California's PG&E customers may face new round of mass outages
  • US
  • 2019-11-20 02:29:38Z

If Pacific Gas & Electric Co, a unit of PG&E Corp, goes through with another "public safety power shutoff", it would be the fourth round of mass blackouts imposed by the utility since Oct. 9, when some 730,000 customers were left in the dark. A precautionary outage initiated on Oct. 23 hit an estimated 179,000 customers, while another conducted in phases from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 struck a record 941,000 residences and workplaces, according to PG&E. The latest mass shutoff, if implemented, would likely run from Wednesday morning through midday Thursday, affecting 181,000 customers across portions of 16 counties in northern and central California, PG&E spokeswoman Katie Allen told Reuters.

Power outages, again? 750,000 people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns
Power outages, again? 750,000 people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns

While Southern California prepares for its first rain of the season, PG&E; warned it may shut off power for 750,000 people in Northern California.

What the Battle Over Control of PG&E Means for U.S. Utility Customers
What the Battle Over Control of PG&E Means for U.S. Utility Customers

Customers, cities and investors are all eager for a piece of PG&E, but it isn't the only U.S. utility that may have new owners soon.The post What the Battle Over Control of PG&E Means for U.S. Utility Customers appeared first on Worth.

Welcome rain coming to parched, fire-weary California
Welcome rain coming to parched, fire-weary California

The first significant rain and snow of the season is expected in Southern California beginning Tuesday.

The Latest: Utility plans more power outages in California
The Latest: Utility plans more power outages in California

Northern California is bracing for more power outages after Pacific Gas & Electric started notifying customers that it may turn off electricity Wednesday because of strong winds that could spark wildfires. The notices Monday come as California lawmakers prepare to grill PG&E officials at a hearing over massive outages last month, including one that affected nearly 2.5 million people. California regulators have ordered PG&E to say why it should not be sanctioned for violating state rules regarding such shutoffs.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US