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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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2011 at 9:02pm


An explosion rocks Iranian city of Isfahan

A explosion rocked the western Iranian city of Isfahan on Monday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, adding that the blast was heard in several parts of the city. 

The reported incident occurred about two weeks after Gen. Hasan Tehrani Moghaddam was killed together with 20 other Guard members Nov. 12 at a military site outside Bidganeh village, 40 kilometers southwest of Tehran.

Iran operates a uranium conversion plant near Isfahan, It first went into operation in 2004, taking uranium from mines and producing uranium fluoride gas, which then feeds the centrifuges that enrich the uranium.

An explosion in Isfahan, Iran, where Iran has a uranium enrichment plant.

Since 2004, thousands of kilograms of uranium flouride gas were stockpiled at Isfahan and subsequently sent to the enrichment plant in Natanz.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2011 at 2:40pm


Blast at restaurant in mall

KUALA LUMPUR - A restaurant at the ground floor of the Maju Junction Shopping Mall caught fire in an explosion believed to be due to a gas leak.

A distress call was received at about 11.25pm, said City Fire and Rescue Department operations assistant director Azizan Ismail.

"A fire engine from the Chow Kit fire station was immediately dispatched to the scene and found that the explosion occurred due to a leak in a gas pipe in the restaurant's kitchen.

"The severity of the explosion caused the glass doors and ceiling at the restaurant to break and collapse," he said yesterday.

Firemen then shut off the gas supply to the restaurant.

Azizan said a Hazmat (hazardous materials) team was also dispatched to the scene to assess the damage and inspect the gas valves and pipes.

"No one was injured during the incident as the shopping mall closes at 10pm daily," he said, adding that the restaurant was closed till further notice.

Mall general manager Albert Khoo said this was the first time such an incident had occurred since the premises opened in 2002.

Yesterday's was the second explosion at a shopping mall after a similar explosion rocked the Empire Shopping Gallery in September.

That explosion resulted in four people being injured.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2011 at 2:02am


UPDATE 1-Saboteurs blow up Egypt gas pipeline to Jordan, Israel


Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:13am GMT


Nov 28 (Reuters) - Saboteurs blew up Egypt's gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel on Monday, witnesses and security sources said, a few hours before the country holds its first free election since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.

The explosion was set off west of al-Arish in Sinai, witnesses said. State news agency MENA said the explosion was in al-Sabeel area.  


Security forces and fire trucks raced to the scene.


The pipeline, which supplies gas to Jordan and Israel, was last attacked on Nov. 25. It is the eighth such attack since Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, although the pipeline was first attacked a few days earlier.


Egypt's 20-year gas deal with Israel, signed in the Mubarak era, is unpopular with the Egyptian public, with critics arguing that the Jewish state does not pay enough for the gas.


An executive of the East Mediterranean Gas Co (EMG), which exports Egyptian gas to Israel, said in July that international shareholders in the firm were pursuing legal claims against Egypt for $8 billion in damages from contract violations in gas supplies, following disruptions caused by pipeline attacks.


Egypt doubled the price of gas exported to Jordan last month. Petroleum Minister Abdullah Ghorab said the new price was just above $5 per million BTU, up from $2.15 to $2.30.


The government said this month it would tighten security measures along the pipeline by installing alarm devices and recruiting security patrols from Bedouin tribesmen. (Reporting by Yusri Mohamed, Dina Zayed and Ahmed El-Sheemy; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2011 at 12:38am


Ascot homes evacuated after suspected gas explosion

Damage to the property on Sutherland Chase following the explosion. Picture taken by Murray Barter.
A number of neighbouring properties have been evacuated

Two people have been airlifted to hospital with burn injuries following a suspected gas explosion in Berkshire.

Thames Valley Police were called to a “badly damaged” detached house on Sutherland Chase, Ascot, at 12:23 GMT.

Engineers from National Grid, which is responsible for gas supplies in the area, attended the incident alongside Berkshire fire service.

A number of properties in Sutherland Chase and nearby Nash Gardens have been sealed off by police.

Neighbours said the front of the house was demolished, leaving the top of the stairs exposed and a large amount of rubble in front of it.

‘Windows shook’

The condition of the man and woman who were taken to hospital in Southampton is not yet known, but there are not believed to be any other casualties.

A spokesman for National Grid said engineers had cut off the gas supply to the property.

But he added it was “too early to speculate on the cause of the explosion at this time”.

A police cordon is in place and an investigation is under way while the road has been reopened.

Samantha Billingham, who lives on Sutherland Chase, said her husband witnessed the explosion.

“He heard a really loud noise and our windows shook,” she said.

Roger Crunden, who also lives in a nearby property, said: “It was how I imagined a bomb going off to sound.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2011 at 12:36am


Eight injured in cylinder blast

BURDWAN: At least eight people were burnt when domestic cooking gas cylinders exploded in a house while gas was being refilled in vehicles at Kansaripatty in Natungang under Burdwan sadar police station area here on Sunday morning.

Three people suffered about 75% burns and have been referred to PG hospital in Kolkata.

Sadhan Halder (55), his youngest son Sourabh Halder (30) , driver Seikh Sintu (22) suffered about 75% to 80% burn injuries and have been referred to PG Hospital in Kolkata.

Two drivers, Pintu Dolui, Debu Majhi; two motor cyclists, Sudipta Sain, Amiya Sain passing through the area; and a rag picker Nasu Begumalso suffered burnt injuries from fire balls. They have been admitted at Burdwan medical college hospital.

Talking to the TOI, Tapan Mukherjee, OC of Burdwan fire department said that two fire tenders reached the spot and doused the flames in an hour. "It seems that the house owners have illegally created a gas cylinder bankto refill vehicles. About ten to twelve cylinders have been seized, all these have exploded," he added. He said that the police should probe whether the cylinders have a legitimate licence. The neighbours alleged that the business was being run by Sadhan Halder's family for the past six years. Due to excessive heat, the seals and rubber got damaged resulting in the blast.

At around 11.30am on Sunday, next door neighbour, Krishnendu Das suddenly heard a deafening sound. "My wife rushed outside immediately. Initially I thought that it was the sound of fire crackers, but she said fire balls were seen billowing from Halder's house and tremendous heat was being generated," he added.

The impact of the explosion was such that the main iron gate in front of Binod Bhakat's house crumbled and was flown away. The remants landed about 25 metres away from the house.

The fast food shop in his ground floor was closed thus saving the probable customers at that time.

ASP (HQ) of Burdwan, Debashis Sarkar said that Burdwan sadar police station has lodged a case and the incident will be probed.

Apart from owning a cement and hardware shop, Sadhan Halder, 55, also runs a decorating business. His youngest son Sourav Halder, 30, runs a travel agency and transport business. He owns about ten vehicles. The incident occurred when gas from a cylinder, on the mezzanine floor, was being loaded in a vehicle cylinder. As driver Pintu Dolui was transferring the gas through a pipe, Sadhan and Sourav watched him from the first floor. All three have suffered critical burns. The entire second floor was gutted.

As the fire broke out, the father and son rushed to the rooftop and sought help. The fire brigade personnel divided themselves into three teams- one rescued people from the rooftop, while the other two tried dousing the flames. Sadhan's wife Jaya Halder and daughter-in-law Indra Halder went into a swoon on seeing the burn injuries.

There is pale of gloom in the locality as large number of people has gathered outside. Pieces of glasses broken from window's of all houses in the heat are on the roads.

Fire department officials claimed that the entire locality could have been gutted if they had arrived few minutes late. Local people alleged that the family had been running the illegal business smoothly for several years. They further questioned the role and transparency of the related government departments role and said that police should thoroughly probe the matter and especially question the motor vehicles department.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 27, 2011 at 10:26pm


21 buildings damaged in fire sparked by gas leak

Two hurt in pre-dawn incident that rocks Mussaffah area in Abu Dhabi

  • By Iman Sherif and Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporters
  • Published: 00:00 November 28, 2011
Fire caused by gas leak
  • Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News
  • The restaurant's window glasses and doors have been broken and damaged due to the powerful explosion.

Abu Dhabi: Twenty-one buildings in Mussaffah were damaged in a fire sparked by an explosion of a natural gas pipe in a building, Abu Dhabi Civil Defence said yesterday.

A spokesman said an eight-storey building caught fire yesterday early morning when a gas pipe exploded. The incident happened in a restaurant in the building. Two people, a man and a woman, were injured, and 21 buildings as well as 45 cars parked in the vicinity were also damaged.

"The operations room received an alert about the incident at 3.30am," said Colonel Shaikh Mohammad Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, director of the police directorate of the outer regions.

"The Civil Defence fire brigade, police and ambulances were immediately dispatched to the scene and were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings," he added.

A imam of a mosque and a woman sustained minor injuries and were rushed to Al Mafraq Hospital after they were given first aid. He said the first two floors of the building, where the fire started and some of the shops were destroyed.

A leak in the gas pipe was the cause of the explosion.

"Buildings must be inspected every three months in cooperation with authorised gas companies and the civil service department," said Colonel Mohammad Bin Naseeb Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Civil Defence

Al Nuaimi advised landlords and restaurant operators to follow safety procedures including regular inspections of gas tanks and pipes. He also called for installation of fire alarm systems.

Multiple cylinders

A witness who spoke to Gulf News on condition of anonymity said the problem was caused by the unsafe practice of connecting multiple cylinders to the main gas pipe.

"One of the cylinders leaked and exploded, causing other cylinders to explode," he said. Another witness said the main explosion occurred in a cafeteria.

An Indian resident, J.P.S., who was residing in one of the damaged buildings said he and family members panicked and thought there was an earthquake.

"Soon after the explosion, somebody rang our doorbell and alerted us about the fire. We ran outside the building but did not find any fire in our building but saw windows were broken everywhere," he said.

Hanif, an Indian owner of a restaurant in a small hotel three rows behind the building that caught fire, was upset that the glass windows and fixtures in his restaurant was entirely broken.

"We called the police who came and took pictures and left. No compensation was promised," he said. "We were lucky the incident happened at night or else several people would have been injured," he said.

‘Horrific to run out'

He found a minor

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 27, 2011 at 6:27pm


Boat Explosion Injures Eight

A gas leak causes a power boat to explode in Huntington Harbor, blowing four people into the water and injuring four others.


A 24-foot power boat exploded Saturday in Huntington Beach, injuring eight people, sheriff's officials said.

The blast on the 2003 Monterey happened just before noon at Sunset Beach Harbor, Sgt. Jeff Foster of the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol said.

``The owner launched the boat from the public deck and he smelled gas,''
Foster said. ``They weren't that far out yet and he went and opened the engine hatch and saw gas had spilled.''

Foster said the boat owner turned off the engine and seconds later the vessel exploded. There were nine people on board, from ages 14 to 60, Foster said.

``Four people were blown into the water and five were still on the boat,'' Foster said.

A passerby radioed for help, and rescuers were on the scene within minutes, he said.

``We pulled four people from the water and the passerby got the five from the boat,'' Foster said.

Eight people were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from contusions and scratches to broken bones, he said.

``Some (victims) were released and some are still in surgery,'' Foster said.

The fire on the boat was extinguished and measures were taken to prevent
the spread of hazardous materials, but the wreckage remains in the water as officials work to retrieve it, Foster said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 27, 2011 at 6:21pm

Gas leak causes explosion in mall restaurant


KUALA LUMPUR: A restaurant at the ground floor of the Maju Junction Shopping Mall here caught fire after an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak late Saturday.

City Fire and Rescue Department operations assistant director Azizan Ismail said his men were alerted about the fire after receiving a distress call around 11.25pm.

"A fire engine from the Chow Kit fire station was immediately dispatched to the scene and found that an explosion occured from the gas pipes in the kitchen of the restaurant.

"The severity of the explosion caused the glass doors and ceiling of the restaurant to break and collapse," he said when contacted Sunday.

He said firemen immediately shut off the gas supply to the restaurant to ensure that no further explosions occured.

"No one was injured during the incident as the shopping mall closes at 10pm daily," he said, adding that the restaurant has been closed till further notice.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2011 at 11:26pm


Boat explosion injures 8 in Huntington Harbor

Article Tab: OC Register reader John Alexander sent in these photos of a boat that exploded in Huntington Harbor on Saturday. Eight people were injured in the blast and have been transported to trauma centers and local hospitals.
OC Register reader John Alexander sent in these photos of a boat that exploded in Huntington Harbor on Saturday. Eight people were injured in the blast and have been transported to trauma centers and local hospitals.

HUNTINGTON BEACH – A boat exploded in Huntington Harbor about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, injuring eight people aboard, the Sheriff's Harbor Patrol said.

Nine people, ranging in age from teens to age 50, were on the 26-foot power boat when it exploded, Sheriff's Deputy William Nelson said. Eight were injured and have been taken to nearby hospitals, he said.

The passengers suffered burns and possibly broken bones, he said. Four were taken to trauma centers and four were taken to hospitals.

The eight people were pulled out of the water by OC Sheriff's Harbor Patrol and a retired Harbor Patrol man on a private boat. A Long Beach lifeguard boat helped to

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2011 at 8:13pm


Four charred to death in Tamil Nadu as LPG cylinder explodes

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Four members of a family were charred to death when they were fast asleep following an explosion in a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder in their house at Kuthiraisarikulam village in Tirumangalam taluk near here today.
Police said the victims were identified as J Veerapandi (37),  his wife V Selvi (32), their daughter V Darshini (7) and son V Nandakumar (4).
Preliminary investigations revealed that the burner's knob was not turned off properly and there was gas leakage throughout the night. 
The fire apparently broke out due to a spark caused by an electrical short circuit, leading to the explosion, the police said.
All the four inmates of the house, who were sleeping, were charred to death. The house was also gutted. Veerapandi was running a rice mill in the village.

On information, senior police officials and personnel of Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services department rushed to the village and took the bodies to the government hospital here for autopsy. Further investigation was on, police added

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