A massive blaze has erupted from an oil rig in the Timor Sea off northwest Australia. The fire was sparked as workers battled to plug an undersea leak that has spewed 400 barrels of oil a day for the past 10 weeks. No one was injured in the fire and all workers were being evacuated. Officials of PTTEP Australasia, which owns the operation, said the only way to stop the fire is to plug the leak.
Experts are working to solve the problem, said an Australian government official. But opposition politicians have blasted the government for failing to take quick action to mitigate the environmental disaster, reports the BBC.