[Ed. – It’s not that this never happens. But none of the local news sources seemed to quickly locate historical information on when was the last time it was so pronounced. It comes at a time when seismologists report unusual swarms of small earthquakes in Southern California. Where are Tommy Lee Jones and Don Cheadle when we need them?]
A large puddle of tar encroached on the sidewalk and natural gas appeared to rise from the street of the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles Friday. …
And on Saturday, more seepage. Enough to draw the interests of tourists and residents alike. …
Saturday evening, locals told KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen that they have become quite accustomed to seeing tar oozing up through the sidewalks — just not this much of it.
“I’ve lived here for about 20 years,” said Andrea Ross-Greene, “and this is the worst it’s ever been.”
“You see a little bit of tar oozing up between the pavement,” Kogan says, “all over the neighborhood. That’s not unusual but this seems to be flow tar. I’ve never seen this before.”
Not to mention the constant hissing sound coming from the ground — it’s methane.