3/17/2016 — Rotten Egg smells showing up across South Los Angeles — Coming from “off the coast”

Southern California Alert:

Many viewers reporting over the past 30min that a strong smell of rotten eggs is showing up all across the Southern California coastline.


natural gas smell


Specifically heaviest smells showing up near Huntington Beach / Newport Beach + Costa Mesa California (just South of Los Angeles by a few miles).

The fire chief from Costa Mesa has now said the smell is coming from offshore – out to sea.

natural gas smells

Gas and Oil pumping operations are miles away on platforms, and natural gas has no actual smell to it… only after processing and sale of natural gas do they actually add in the “smell” for human use.

The acrid smell added to natural gas is called Mercaptan.

A review of the area shows the pumping rigs are several miles to the Northwest of the location reporting the sulfuric rotten egg / natural gas smells.

The nearest rig is named the “SWEPI Beta platform Ellen”.

swepi beta platform ellen natural gas smell march 17 2016


If there are smells of rotten eggs coming in from offshore, then the smell most likely is hydrogen sulfide (magma / tectonic related).

The natural gas + oil operations could have punctured an area in the crust, which then could be releasing the hydrogen sulfide.

Worthy to note that MULTIPLE earthquakes struck California today at oil + gas pumping operations… and the USGS ignored most of them without reporting they even occurred.

I had to make a post earlier calling out the USGS for not reporting the earthquakes. They got the message and responded by actually reporting three of the four events that I called them out on.