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

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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'"

 

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* 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.

http://zetatalk5.com/index/blog0214.htm

SOZT

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

http://www.zetatalk5.com/ning/18sp2010.htm

SOZT

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

http://www.zetatalk5.com/ning/12mr2011.htm

 

* Comment by Starr DiGiacomo

SOZT

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

http://www.zetatalk5.com/ning/02oc2010.htm

 

* 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

http://www.zetatalk5.com/newsletr/issue008.htm

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[Original post on January 20, 2011]

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

 

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/19/pennsylvania.gas.explosion/index.h...

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/natural-gas-explosion-philadelphia-...

http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/caught-on-tape-gas-main-explodes-126...

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 11, 2019 at 7:15am

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-49307323

Explosion at Holyhead aluminium powder plant

Aug 10 2019

Fire crews were sent to the scene of an explosion at an aluminium powder plant on Anglesey on Saturday evening.

Locals reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a plume of white smoke after the explosion at the AMG Alpoco plant in Holyhead shortly after 18:00 BST.

An explosion at the same site closed the A5 London Road in June 2015.

North Wales Fire and Rescue, North Wales Police and the ambulance service all sent vehicles to the scene of the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 19, 2019 at 9:12pm

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2019/07/19/two-...

Gov. Evers declares state of emergency as thousands in Madison are without power after explosion, fires at substations

Published 8:30 a.m. CT July 19, 2019

MADISON - Just under 6,000 people in Madison remain without power in the middle of a heatwave after an explosion and fires broke out at two Madison Gas and Electric power stations Friday.  

Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency in Madison and Dane County.

“With the power outages and the extreme heat, I have directed all state agencies to provide assistance and authorized Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, to activate the National Guard to assist local authorities if needed. Keeping folks safe remains our top priority as we continue to manage and respond to this situation.”

Black smoke filled the sky over Madison's isthmus and knocked out power across downtown, closing streets and snarling traffic. 

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway warned downtown Madison residents mid-day power might not be restored by nightfall.

MG&E president and CEO Jeff Keebler said a mechanical issue likely caused the first and larger fire in a substation across the street from a generating plant just off East Washington Avenue — a main thoroughfare on Madison's isthmus.

“We don’t know whether the fire caused the explosion or the explosion caused the fire," Keebler said at a news conference.

The cause of the second fire at a substation not owned by MG&E near the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus is unknown.

Keebler said the company is conducting a damage assessment but hopes to restore power within hours.

As of 1 p.m., just under 6,000 people were still without power on what is likely to be the hottest day of the year. That was down from about 12,000 earlier in the day.

The temperature in Madison was forecast to hit 93 on Friday, with the heat index — what it feels like when the temperature is combined with humidity — forecast to be as high as 105 degrees.  

But Keebler said MG&E officials had no reason to believe the cause of the fires were due to customers using air conditioners more than on cooler days. 

Cooling centers are open across the city, including at the UW-Madison's Kohl Center. 

Excessive heat is of particular concern at two assisted living facilities for senior citizens in downtown Madison.

Lisa Olsen, program and events manager at the Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, said the building has backup generators it is using for health services.The building was cool as of Friday morning, but workers said if the outage lasts six hours or more, residents could have problems with the heat.

"People are running around like crazy trying to help everyone who needs it right now," Olsen said. "We have staff checking on independent-living residents."

The mayor said taking care of people at the senior centers was a top priority and the city would move residents to other locations if necessary. State officials have offered to assist if help is needed, she said.

Rhodes-Conway told residents to treat intersections like four-way stops when traffic lights are out. She urged people to drink water and stay up to date by following news outlets and checking www.cityofmadison.com/poweroutage.

“You’ve got to stay cool, you've got to stay hydrated and you’ve got to stay connected," she said.

One UW Health's urgent care centers on Madison's east side was closed because of the power outage, according to UW Health spokeswoman Toni Morrissey. 

Dane County relocated its 911 center because of the outage, but no 911 calls were missed, according to county officials.

The power outages prompted Gov. Evers to close state offices and the Capitol. City and Dane County closed many of their offices.

State government websites, including for the court filing system and the Department of Motor Vehicles, were down as of mid-day Friday. 

The largest fire and explosion occurred at the substation at 702 E. Main Street, near East Washington Avenue. The substation is co-owned by MG&E and American Transmission Co., Keebler said.

The second fire was at a substation owned by ATC near UW-Madison's Ogg Hall. It was put out quickly. 

UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said the fire did not affect campus buildings and power remained on throughout Friday. 

Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis said 40 firefighters were sent to the downtown substation at about 7:40 a.m. It took 15 to 20 minutes to "de-energize" the substation and after that the fires was put out in five to seven minutes using foam, he said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause in conjunction with MG&E, he said

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 19, 2019 at 7:44pm

https://www.news.com.au/world/pacific/gas-explosion-in-christchurch...

Gas explosion in Christchurch injures six and destroys house

A house has been completely destroyed in Christchurch following a major gas explosion which saw at least six people seriously injured.

July 19, 20192:38pm

Several people have been hospitalised after a house exploded in New Zealand this morning, leaving the building completely destroyed.

Residents in the Christchurch suburb of Northwood reported hearing the deafening gas explosion about 10.20am local time.

When firefighters and police arrived there was nothing left of the house but rubble, with New Zealand police describing the incident as “serious”.

Initial reports suggest six people were taken to hospital, with injuries ranging from serious to critical.

People that were in the house at the time of the explosion reportedly suffered serious burn and blast injuries.

Fifty residents were also evacuated from the area by emergency services.

Footage of the aftermath revealed the complete destruction left behind by the explosion.

Hardly any part of the home was left standing and what was left was engulfed in flames.

Debris was sent flying 100 metres, littering the roofs and backyards of the surrounding houses.

James Looyer, who filmed the aftermath of the explosion, toldStuff.co.nz he had to help pull people from the rubble.

“We shot around there, peeked over the fence and … the people [were] just hanging out of the woodwork and all the framing of the house. We just hopped the fence, and pulled all the wood off and dragged them out of there pretty much,” he said.

“We were trying to talk to them and they were just stone cold … they [couldn’t] even hear anything we were saying, just looking straight at us.”

He told the publication that one woman he helped had the skin completely ripped off her feet.

Another local resident, Angus Hendry, told the publication that he went inside the house while it was still burning to help rescue people.

“They were in, I hope, surprisingly good shape, given the condition of the house. We just got them out, they looked in quite a bit of shock, had burns and stuff,” he said.

“It was just a lot of rubble … the house is no longer a house, it’s half a house.”

Other nearby houses had been partially destroyed, windows had been blown out and garage doors had been ripped off.

A worker at a nearby hotel told the New Zealand Herald the explosion was so loud it was like a bomb had gone off.

“It was more than an earthquake, you’d think a bomb had gone off,” she said.

“We’ve had housing insulation raining down on our property so something’s obviously had quite a large explosion.”

The city of Christchurch is still on edge just four months after a gunman killed 51 people and injured dozens of others after opening fire on a mosque.

There is no indication that this explosion had any wider security indications.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 19, 2019 at 6:53pm

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Another-Massive-Gas-Expl...

Another Massive Gas Explosion Rocks China, Casualties Unknown

A massive explosion has been reported at China’s Yima gas plant in Henan province, damaging buildings in a 3-kilometer radius. 

The casualties are still unknown as of the time of reporting, with some media citing Chinese television as saying that 18 people had so far been reported as injured, a dozen missing and possibly two confirmed fatalities.

Stills taken from Chinese television show giant plumes of smoke in the aftermath of the explosion.

According to AFP news agency reporters in Beijing, the explosion took place on Friday at 5:45pm local time in the air separation unit at the Yima gas factory and did not hit the gas tank areas.

Local authorities report that all production has been halted at the plant. 

AFP reports two people missing and many injuries as emergency services scramble to contain the scene. 

"Many windows and doors within a three-kilometre radius were shattered, and some interior doors were also blown out by the blast," state broadcaster CCTV said on its Twitter-like Weibo social media account, as reported by ChannelNewsAsia

The situation is still developing, but is reminiscent of a string of recent and historical disasters of a similar nature in China. 

In March, dozens were killed in an explosion at a Chinese chemical plant. Nearly 80 people were killed in the explosions, and hundreds of others were injured. Over 20 people were reportedly detained by authorities in the aftermath of this explosion, which was supposed to have prompted a nationwide inspection of chemical firms. 

In August 2015, a warehouse handling hazardous chemicals in the city of Tianjin exploded, killing at least 165 people. The company that owned the warehouse did not have legal permission to handle the hazardous chemicals. 

Drone footage of that photo taken by Chinese TV showed a massive crater caused by the toxic explosion. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 16, 2019 at 5:45am

https://www.10news.com/news/explosion-rocks-murrieta-home-kills-gas...

Explosion rocks Murrieta home, kills gas line worker

Posted: 2:47 PM, Jul 15, 2019

MURRIETA, Calif. (KGTV) - A gas company worker died and 15 people were injured Monday after a home exploded and caught fire in Murrieta, officials said.

The explosion happened just after noon in a residential area of the Riverside County city near the intersection of Clinton Keith Road and Smith Ranch.

Murrieta Fire crews went to the home on Wooden Horse Trail about 11 a.m. due to a report of a ruptured gas line and a gas leak, said Murrieta deputy fire Chief David Lantzer.

The explosion happened just after noon, sending 15 people to the hospital. One SoCal Gas worker died.

"We are incredibly saddened that we have a loss of one of our employees today," said SoCal Gas public information officer Randon Lane.

Firefighters fought flames for about two hours after the blast. The area was closed to residents, Murrieta Police reported.

Comment by jorge namour on July 11, 2019 at 8:32pm

The flames consume a thermoelectric power station near the Russian capital

JULY 11 2019

https://actualidad.rt.com/galerias/320809-llamas-consumen-central-t...

A strong fire has broken out this Thursday at a thermoelectric plant located in the Russian municipality of Mytishchi, Moscow region. According to the Ministry of Emergencies, at least one person has died and thirteen have been injured. According to the preliminary version, a gas leak caused the fire. In addition, the flames have been extended to the administrative building and a warehouse of the plant.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 8, 2019 at 6:40am

https://us.blastingnews.com/news/2019/07/explosion-in-a-florida-mal...

Explosion in a Florida mall destroys local businesses, leaves at least 21 injured

July 7, 2019 at 7:59 AM

The blast happened in the city of Plantation. Its cause could be gas leakage from a pipeline since firefighters found damaged gas pipes.

An explosion in a Florida mall took place at around 11.30am local time at a shopping plaza in Broward County of central Florida. The explosion destroyed a restaurant that had been out of business for quite some time. An adjacent gym also suffered damage. The blast left at least 21 people injured, none of them suffered life-threatening injuries. The pizza restaurant became a mound of rubble and many nearby businesses felt the impact with debris flung into the air causing consequential damage to nearby properties.

When firefighters arrived, they discovered broken gas pipes. The authorities remained tight-lipped about the cause of the explosion.

Sky News quotes a witness as saying he initially thought the blast to be thunder but soon the building began to shake. In his words – “it was almost like the world was ending.” Another witness talked about a flash of light that lit up the sky while yet another said it resembled an apocalypse. The force of the blast sent remnants of the building flying in all directions damaging some cars parked nearby.

The explosion remains a mystery

The police indicated injuries to at least 21 people and assured that none of those were life-threatening. The explosion destroyed a restaurant in Florida that had closed down some months back and blew out the windows of a gym.

This was located at the shopping plaza in Broward County. There were people in the gym at the time and the result of the explosion could have been more serious. As an official of the Plantation fire department said, "Thank goodness, at this point, nobody was killed. As bad as it is, it could have been a lot worse.”

Sky News adds that teams of firefighters searched the rubble with the help of sniffer dogs to ensure that there was no one trapped underneath the rubble.

Gas explosion suspected

According to CNN, the explosion in a shopping mall in Florida has taken the authorities by surprise. Plantation Fire Department indicated in the initial stages about investigating the possibilities of this being a gas explosion. However, they later backtracked and said more work is required to establish the exact cause. Plantation Fire Deputy Chief Joel Gordon admitted that there was evidence of an active gas leak at the scene when firefighters arrived after receiving a report of an explosion.

Police have completed a search of the blast zone and confirmed there were no fatalities and all the victims have been located. The injured were shifted to hospitals. The location of the incident appears to be in a corner of the mall complex at the intersection of two buildings. Witnesses mentioned a chaotic scene following the explosion, with shattered windows and scattered debris all over the place. Plantation police said that all stores and businesses in the area will remain closed until further notice.

That clearance will be given by fire personnel after confirming that it is safe to return.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2019 at 3:14pm

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2000915/1-one-killed-15-injured-gas-ex...

One killed, 15 injured in gas explosion in Lahore

Published: June 27, 2019

LAHORE: 

A man was killed while 15 others were injured after an explosion ripped through a bakery due to gas leakage in the area of Ichra.

All injured were shifted to a hospital where two people are reported to be in critical condition. Police officials said that a blast occurred in the morning in a private bakery located in Ferozepur Road due to gas leakage.

As a result, the entire bakery was destroyed in the explosion. Police and Rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the injured to hospital in critical condition.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2019 at 7:10am

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/europe/suspected-gas-line-explosion-vi...

Suspected gas line explosion in Vienna seriously injures at least two people

June 26, 2019, 1:11 PM EDT

At least one building partially collapsed due to the late-afternoon blast in Austria's capital.

A suspected gas-line explosion injured at least 12 people, two of them seriously, and partially collapsed an apartment building in Vienna on Wednesday, police said.

The blast happened at 4:30 p.m. local time, on Pressgasse Street in the center of the Austrian capital, authorities said.

Image: partial building collapse in Vienna
The aftermath of partial building collapse in Vienna, Austria, on June 26, 2019.Erich Ulrich via Reuters

"In explosion in the Pressgasse, at least 4 people were seriously injured, and multiple people lightly," according to an initial statement by Vienna police. "The area is widely closed off. Please stay away!"

That injury figure was later adjusted to two serious injuries and 10 with minor wounds, police said.

At least 22 apartments, with 44 residents registered to those units, have been damaged by the explosion, officials said. More than 100 firefighters and 50 officers are on the scene and two buildings have been evacuated, police said.

The explosion came as the city was already dealing with unseasonably hot weather. The mercury soared to the 95 in Vienna on Wednesday and was expected to be in the 90s again on Thursday.

“Vienna is going through a crazy heat wave right now, so there's already been sort of an emergency response in other areas so it was already a crazy day before this happened," neighborhood resident Leora Courtney-Wolfman told NBC News.

Courtney-Wolfman, a 34-year-old Canadian expatriate, was on her way home to a flat about 200 yards from the blast when the neighborhood shook.

“Just the fact that I could have been there. We had guests visiting with us just last week and they walked up and down that street," she said.

Comment by M. Difato on June 21, 2019 at 3:33pm

Huge explosion at Philadelphia oil refinery shakes homes in N.J.

https://www.nj.com/south/2019/06/huge-explosion-at-philadelphia-oil...

A large explosion at an oil refinery in South Philadelphia early Friday (June 21, 2019( shook homes across the Delaware River in New Jersey.

The blast occurred around 3:20 a.m. at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery on Passyunk Avenue, city officials said. No injuries have been reported, though the extent of the damage and the cause of the explosion is unclear. Residents in South Jersey and Delaware County, Pennsylvania reported feeling the explosion.

Earlier, a part of the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) was closed, but it has since been re-opened, the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management said in a series of tweets.

Firefighters were still battling the blaze as of 7 a.m.

Residents in the surrounding area had been asked to stay in their homes but the shelter-in-place has been narrowed to to 26th Street to the west, Schuylkill Expressway to the north, Interstate 95 to the south, and 22nd Street to the east due to smoke and firefighting equipment in the area.

PES is the largest refinery on the Eastern seaboard. It produces about 335,000 barrels - 14 million gallons - of crude oil per day. It is comprised of two refineries - Girard Point and Point Breeze.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/us/philadelphia-oil-refinery-fir...

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