An oil field exploded in Basra Iraq [Iraq Oil Report ; Published September 20, 2011]; Comment by Starr DiGiacomo


List of comment about gas explosion, in order of posted time; as of 2011-09-01


1) SOMERVILLE, Ohio, US; "Investigation continues in house collapse"

2) BAKERSFIELD, Calif. US; "Bakersfield resident hurt in natural gas explosion"

3) Pompton Lakes, NJ, US; "Update: Suspected gas explosion levels home in Pompton Lakes [raw video]"

4) Brantford, Ontario, Canada; "Natural gas explosion levelled Brantford house: fire marshal"

5) Warren, MI, US; "City of Warren Home Explosion Underscores Need for Natural Gas Safety"

6) Castleford, West Yorkshire, UK; "Dramatic footage shows huge gas explosion at Yorkshire home"

7) Warren Park, Harare, Zimbabwe; "2 seriously injured in Warren Park gas explosion"

8) Logan City, south of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia; "Seven children killed in gas explosion at house"

9) Herscher, IL, US; Douglasville, GA, US; "This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Aug. 22, 2011"

10) "Seven children killed in gas explosion at house" [See 8)]

11) Lakeview, MI, US; "Explosion inside Lakeview house causes fire, couple escapes with minor injuries"

12) Newborough, Victoria, Australia; "Gas blast destroys Newborough garage"

13) Cato, Montcalm, MI, US; "Couple escapes house explosion"

14) Glenrock, Converse, WY, US; "Oilfield explosion claims three"

15) St. Augustine, Fla, US; "Gas Station Explosion Site in St. Augustine now 'Stable'"



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

We'll be seeing an uptick in unusual home and business gas explosions and I'm trying to locate specific ZT on the matter.  Below is a refresher for the many gas related news articles.



Fault lines, when adjusting, do not just rip apart one day during a dramatic earthquake. They most often creep. Laying gas lines along or across a fault line is asking for an accident of this sort. Fault lines are also seldom so clearly delineated that one can go a mile in this or that direction and avoid their action. Where a slip-slide fault such as the San Andreas will often leave a clear line on the surface, this is only the surface action, not what occurs in the rock layers on either side which can fracture for a long way to either side during any movement. The gas company, or the age of the pipes, will be faulted but in truth the finger should be pointed in many directions. The public, who insist on living at such a scenic spot, is to blame. Officials, who zoned for housing are to blame. The public utility company, for allowing gas lines in the area, is to blame. But this will change nothing, while man continues to live on the San Andreas, even as it awakens. EOZT



The danger from radon gas will not be increased as a result of the pole shift. Radon gas is emitted by rock containing uranium, which is degrading. In normal circumstances, where air can circulate, it is disbursed rapidly as is any methane created by decay of organic material. The danger from these gasses comes from confinement - being trapped in a mine, a basement, or beneath the permafrost. The dangers are well known. For methane, it is explosions. An accumulation of methane gas can be identified by the smell of rotten eggs, or as some have described it, dirty socks or cabbage soup. For radon gas the danger is lung cancer, from the continual exposure to the radioactive air. Radon gas is odorless, and cannot be detected except by specialized equipment not in the hands of the average person.

In that the pole shift, or the Earth changes preceding the pole shift, can fracture rock and release pockets of either gas, survivors should be cautious about huddling in bunkers. You are safer out in the open air, or in a trench you have dug that will allow the pole shift winds to pass over you, but nothing to fall on and crush you. The fact that both methane gas and radon gas can accumulate in the bunkers of the elite is one of the reasons we have stated that they have dug their own graves. EOZT



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo


Anyone watching the news, for instance the news on the San Bruno explosion in a distribution line close to the San Andreas Fault line, knows that gas in any form is a danger. Oil and gas refineries explode when rigid piping cracks. Oil or gas wells explode when the ground around them moves. And the gas distribution lines running under cities are no exception. They likewise will explode. Gas lines, whether along the street or within a home, are rigid. In some cases automatic shutoff valves can limit the amount of gas available for an explosion by sensing a drop in pressure, but this is always after the fact. The explosion has already occurred. Utilizing gas on a planet prone to earthquakes was a mistake to begin with, but man never thinks of the consequences when striving for modern conveniences. We have advised turning off the gas at the street, though when the street explodes and your neighbor's homes are on fire you are not likely to escape the holocaust. A better alternative is to live in an area where gas is not available, as in your rural safe location where you will be doing a form of camping while gardening. A campfire at night, for cooking and washing and a bit of friendly light before bed. Nothing explosive. EOZT



* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

SOZT Answer: It is no accident that the New Madrid fault lies under the Mississippi River near Memphis, as rivers form in lowlands created when land pulls apart, separating the rock fingers and weakening support for the land. Thus, the Ohio River bed also is an indication of where rock fingers will pull apart. Two adjustments in Kentucky, a day apart, are not an accident, but an indication of the speed at which the stretch zone is starting to adjust. Rail lines are frequently an early harbinger of such adjustments, as they run long distances, whereas structures within cities, such as tall buildings, take up relatively little space and have a small footprint. Our warning that imploding cities will be experienced, before the hour of the shift, are in this regard. Be warmed, it will not just be your rail lines and gas and water mains that will shatter and be pulled apart during the stretch. The foundations of your tall buildings will likewise be vulnerable.EOZT



[Original post on January 20, 2011]

Original title: Gas explosion kills 1, injures 5 in Philadelphia




  • The explosion occurred in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood
  • The blast killed one utilities worker and injured five other people
  • Some of the injuries are serious

(CNN) -- A gas main explosion in Philadelphia Tuesday evening killed one utilities worker and injured five other people, a fire department official said.

Philadelphia Gas Works employees were responding to a gas main break in the city's Tacony neighborhood when the explosion occurred, fire department spokesman Jim Smith said.

"They were trying to control it and found a source of ignition," according to Smith, who said four PGW employees and a firefighter were among the injured. He said some of the gas workers' injuries were serious.



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Pictured: 60 homes evacuated following explosion in north Belfast

Pictured is emergency services at the scene of a suspected gas explosion in the Farringdon Gardens area of Ardoyne in North Belfast on October 18th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph) 5 5 Pictured is emergency services at the scene of a suspected gas explosion in the Farringdon Gardens area of Ardoyne in North Belfast on October 18th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

October 18 2017

Fire Service crews on Wednesday evening responded to an incident in north Belfast that has caused residents to be evacuated from their homes.

Crews responded to reports of a gas-based explosion in Farringdon Gardens in the Ardoyne area at around 7pm.

Around 60 homes were evacuated as a safety precaution.

They have since been allowed to return to their homes.

Writing on Twitter SDLP councillor Paul McCusker said that the Ardoyne Community Centre had opened to help families evacuated from their homes.

He also said electricity and gas had been cut off from the effected houses to allow crews to carry out the emergency effort.

It is understood that no one was hurt in the incident and the families have since returned to their homes.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo yesterday


2 workers injured in oil tank explosion, fire in La Salle County

Posted: 11:37 AM, October 17, 2017

Explosion reported at energy industry site between Millett, Dilley

LA SALLE COUNTY, Texas - Two people were injured Tuesday morning in an explosion and fire at an energy industry site in La Salle County.

Daniel Mendez, acting chief of La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS, said the victims were transported by air ambulance to San Antonio. Mendez said the victims being airlifted to a hospital "should not be interpreted as injuries having been severe or life threatening." Brad Fisher, Chief Operating Officer, of Carrizo Oil & Gas, which owns the tanks, said the victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

Mendez said the incident was reported around 10:50 a.m. at the Ledwig Ranch between Millett and Dilley.

Mendez said when fire crews arrived, they found several oil storage tanks fully engulfed in flames. He said it appeared "an initial blast at the scene had extinguished itself and that peripheral fires remained."

Firefighters allowed the fire to die down and created an exclusion area of a quarter-mile mile around the tanks.

A new tank was being built where the explosion and fire occurred, but no residual oil was believed to have been in the tank.

The Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will help local fire officials determine a cause.

No residential areas or schools were evacuated.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Monday


6 rescued, 1 missing after platform explosion in Lake Pontchartrain

KENNER – The Coast Guard New Orleans Division along with the Kenner Police Department are responding to reports of an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain in the Kenner area, Jefferson Parish officials say. 

The Coast Guard says they have a small boat and helicopter responding to the scene. According to The New Orleans Advocate, there were seven people aboard the platform and six have been taken to area hospitals. One person is still unaccounted for. 

Jefferson Parish officials say the explosion occurred around 7:20 p.m. and is north west of Treasure Chest Casino.

Several witnesses told Eyewitness News they heard a big boom and their houses shook following the incident.


Comment by M. Difato on October 9, 2017 at 8:29am

Explosion at Eastman prompts surrounding schools to shelter in place


 KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – An explosion that happened on Wednesday morning (Oct 4) impacted some surrounding schools in the area.

Kingsport City Schools, some Sullivan County schools, and Northeast State Community College were impacted..." 

UPDATE: Shelter in place lifted for most of Kingsport after Eastman explosion


KINGSPORT — Shortly after 1 p.m., Eastman lifted the shelter in place advisory for its corporate campus and residents in the surrounding Kingsport community, except those within a half-mile radius of the intersection of the John B. Dennis Highway and Moreland Drive, near the South Fork of the Holston River.

Earlier in the day, an explosion was reported at the sprawling industrial campus’ coal gasification area, what a press release from the company called a “process upset.”

No injuries were reported in the explosion, and a company representative said the incident was reported to proper regulatory authorities.


KINGSPORT — Eastman released the following statement shortly before noon.

“Around 10:00 a.m., Eastman experienced a process upset in the coal gasification area of its Kingsport manufacturing site. The upset created a loud noise and a visible plume.

No one was injured.

In an excess of caution, our employees are currently sheltered in place as we are working to secure the area. Until more information is known, near neighbors are advised to do the same. That means to stay indoors, turn off your HVAC system. .."


Comment by KM on October 8, 2017 at 2:58pm


Monster fireball lights up the night sky in Ghana after Atomic Junction petrol station explodes and forces thousands to flee for their lives

  • Fuel station in Ghana's capital on fire after blaze started at 7.30pm local time
  • Photographs show gigantic fire ball as residents flee the city of Accra in panic 
  • It is unknown whether there are any casualties at this stage  

A petrol station in Ghana's capital Accra exploded on Saturday evening, killing an unknown number of people, a government official said.

Footage shows a gigantic fireball lighting up the night sky after the fueling station at Atomic Junction exploded forcing hundreds to flee.   

Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said: 'Unfortunately there are some fatalities and we are working to have the numbers. There are quite a number also injured.'

The blaze started at 7.30pm local time (8.30pm GMT) but it now said to be under control with the government planning to release casualty figures later today. 

Pictured: Residents are fleeing Ghana's capital city tonight after a petrol station exploded sending a fireball into the sky 

Pictured: Residents are fleeing Ghana's capital city tonight after a petrol station exploded sending a fireball into the sky 

A police spokeswoman Efia Tenge said the blasts happened at a petrol station in the Atomic Junction roundabout area of Legon in northeast Accra at about 7:30 pm.

She said it was a gas explosion and added: 'I am in Legon and I heard two explosions. My whole building was shaking.'

A government official said it has left a number of fatalities but it was not known the exact number at this stage, according to local sources.

It is also reported that a number of cars had been burned out as fires spread. 

The Accra city authorities warned people to avoid the area, which is also home to the University of Ghana campus.

Police are warning people to avoid the area, which is also home to the University of Ghana campus

Police are warning people to avoid the area, which is also home to the University of Ghana campus

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 3, 2017 at 5:58am


Gas line explosion destroys equipment in California desert

- Associated Press
Monday, October 2, 2017

BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) - Southern California authorities say nobody was hurt when a natural gas line caught fire and exploded, destroying heavy construction equipment in the western Mojave Desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The San Bernardino Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2yjriLr ) the blast was reported Sunday just south of Interstate 40, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Barstow.

A Newberry Springs area 30-inch natural gas line caught fire, exploded and destroyed heavy equipment in an isolated area south of the 40 Freeway, according to tweets from San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The incident was reported at 10:44 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, according to Ryan Vaccaro, San Bernardino County Fire Department public information officer.

“The cause is still under investigation,” he said. “There was a crew working in the area, however they don’t know the cause.”

A crew member did smell an odor that indicated gas and the crew of about 16 workers was immediately evacuated, he said. No injuries were reported.

Photos from the scene showed a crater in the ground and burnt equipment.

The fire also spread to sparse vegetation in a 5- to 7-acre area.

Christine Detz, a Southern California Gas Co., spokeswoman, wrote in an email that it was the utility’s pipeline. Authorities had early identified it as belonging to Southwest Gas.

Detz said the company became aware at 10:42 a.m. of “a drop in pressure” within the gas transmission line and that crews were on site to investigate.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2017 at 4:31am


Two seriously injured in UK gas explosion

21 September 2017

Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a gas explosion at a Nottingham industrial estate in Central England on September 20. Emergency services said the blast happened at the Bio Dynamic UK plant in Colwick, which converts food waste into energy.
Witnesses said the blast took place in a 30-foot long anaerobic digester tank, lifting it 10ft off the ground.

Image: BDUK
Image: BDUK

Nottinghamshire Police said: "We're not treating the incident as suspicious and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now dealing with the matter in its entirety."

Bio Dynamic UK added: "Two of our friends and colleagues have been injured and our main focus and concerns are with them. "The accident was not as a result of any failure in the normal operation of our plant and we are now working with the HSE to understand how this incident occurred. Following liaison with the Environment Agency we can confirm there has been no harm to the local environment."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2017 at 4:21am


Gas explosion in Iran’s holy city of Qom kills 4

September 21 at 10:11 AM

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s official news agency says a gas explosion in a motel in the holy city of Qom has killed at least four people and injured 15.

IRNA quoted Qom’s governor, Reza Sayyar, as saying Thursday’s blast was not security-related. Mahdi Farahani, the head of emergency services in Qom, told IRNA that 10 of the injured were Iraqi pilgrims.

Qom is the world’s foremost center for Shiite Islamic scholarship and is home to a major Shiite shrine.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2017 at 4:00am

UPDATE: Four injured in explosion at Gerdau Ameristeel's Wilton plant

Sep 21, 2017 Updated 22 min ago

MUSCATINE — The Gerdau steel mill in Wilton has temporarily suspended operations following an explosion that occurred Wednesday night.

Three employees and one contractor were injured in the explosion and taken to local hospitals. Two of the employees have been released so far, according to a news release.

Gerdau Ameristeel said it is working with local authorities to investigate the incident and determine its cause.

Human Resources Manager Shannon Langenberg said the explosion occurred in the plant's shop where steel is melted, on West 3rd Street in Wilton.

And while she could not comment on damage done to the facility, she said "driving by, you can see the melt shop, most of it is exposed right at the moment."

In the new release, spokesperson Shai Johnson said, "Gerdau's priority is attending to the injured, their families and employees at the Iowa plant."

He said the company has activated its Employee Assistance Program to help the employees and their families.

The Wilton steel mill employs 220 people, Langenberg said. According to the company's website, the Wilton mill went into operation in 1976 and was originally owned by North Star Steel.

Around 2004, Gerdau Ameristeel, of Canada, purchased the fixed assets and working capital of four North Star mills, including the Wilton plant.

Gerdau, which was founded in Brazil in 1901, is the leading company in the production of long steel in North and South America, as well as one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world.

The Gerdau Ameristeel plant in Wilton is one of 18 steel mills operated by the company in North America. It focuses on long steel and other products, including beams and piling, merchant bar quality and wire rod products. The company serves the construction, automotive, agricultural and energy markets.

Last month, Gerdau reported that in the second quarter of this year, the company posted net sales of $9.2 billion, down 11 percent from the same period a year ago. Gerdau, however, saw a 49 percent increase in its profit margin from the previous year— not including interest and taxes— at all of the North American long steel plants, including in Wilton.

Comment by M. Difato on September 21, 2017 at 3:58pm

Natural Gas Likely Caused Neighborhood Explosion


 A powerful explosion that rocked a West Hills neighborhood is being investigated with authorities suspecting the cause may have been due to natural gas. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Published at 12:10 AM PDT on Sep 21, 2017 | Updated 6 hours ago)


'No criminal activity' at site of explosion at West Hills home


 An explosion at a West Hills home Wednesday afternoon may have been caused by a gas leak, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s drug lab unit found “no criminal activity” at the site of the blast, which fire officials said damaged a handful of homes in the neighborhood.

“They conducted a thorough investigation,” said LAPD Officer Tony Im.

The explosion was reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the 7500 block of North Sale Avenue.


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