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 Beva on April 24, 2012 at 6:30pm

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Workers on the evening shift at a city sawmill were forced to run for their lives after an earth-shaking explosion and massive fire sent walls crumbling on top of them, killing one person and critically injuring at least seven more.

Colleagues at the Lakeland Sawmill scrambled to help each other, with one saying he used scissors to cut charred clothing off those whose burned skin was dripping.

"It was quite gruesome," said Brian Croy, first vice-president of the United Steelworkers Local 1-424, in an interview from his home.

"When you walk out, there was guys with their skin hanging off their arms and stuff from being burned."

Croy said he was among six people inside the mill's lunchroom talking about training when the explosion happened.

"That thing came up so fast, so quick. I don't know where it came from, but it was almost like a cannon going off. It blew through there. It ended just that quick," he said.

He said the explosion knocked the lunchroom's plywood walls down on top of him, but there was a little bit of space between him and the collapsed wall.

The mill's lights remained on, but dark smoke engulfed him and he had to put a coat over his face so he could breathe.

"I thought: 'This is it.' I consciously stuck my face in my coat, eh, and it (the smoke) went away."

He and his coworkers got out through the gap in the outside wall created by the explosion. Behind them, smaller explosions went off.

"It's almost like you were coming out of the war zone. Everything was levelled. I met that one fellow. I think his fingers were blown off, and his clothing, a lot of it was gone. It was burned off and his hair."

Croy said he asked the injured coworker to follow him and others to a first-aid station, located outside the mill and near a planer.

At the first-aid station, injured workers were sitting on a tarp, holding up their burned arms and hands, he said. Some were moaning but others were in shock and were quiet.

One worker, suffering from burns, refused to sit on a chair, said Croy, because the injuries were less painful if he stood up and bounced around.

Another worker lay on the tarp naked, without any hair and burned black.

Croy said paramedics set up an ambulance station, and he drove a few people to hospital before dropping by the office and then heading home to his wife and grandson.

It took a while, but Croy said he has calmed down and quit shaking.

For a time, five workers were unaccounted for, though authorities now say no one was left inside the burning mill.

Just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the Northern Health Authority, which handles health care for the Prince George region, confirmed one person had died.

No other details were provided but the release from the health authority said three patients had been airlifted to Vancouver, a fourth was being treated in Edmonton, six remain in Prince George in serious but stable condition and 13 had been treated and released.

"We're devastated by the news of this incident and our thoughts are with our employees and their families," said Greg Stewart, president of Sinclar Group Forest Products.

In all, Sinclar Group Forest Products said 24 people were in the sawmill when the blast occurred, a further 16 were in the planer mill next door and four were working in the yard.

"We will not speculate on the cause of the incident at Lakeland Mills until the proper authorities have completed their investigation," said Stewart.


Comment by Beva on April 23, 2012 at 12:08am

Two explosions at a chemical plant in western Japan on Sunday killed one worker and injured 22 others, including plant workers and nearby residents. The blasts occurred at Mitsui Chemicals Iwakuni-Ohtake plant as workers were trying to shut down the factory due to a problem in another section of the plant. Mitsui Chemicals, which is based in Waki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, produces adhesives for wood and rubber tyres. The first explosion occurred at about 2 a.m. local time, killing a 22-year-old factory employee and injuring 11 employees. At 8 a.m. local time a second explosion was caught on a surveillance camera, but the buildings were evacuated beforehand and no was hurt. More than 430 buildings, including nearby homes, were damaged in the blast. The fire department and police are investigating what caused the massive explosions. According to the police, there were no dangers of toxic leakage. The flames were brought under control about 15 hours after the second explosion.


Comment by Howard on April 18, 2012 at 2:27am

3 Different Gas Leaks in Indianapolis, IN - April 17 -

Gas crews were investigating three different gas leaks Tuesday morning in Carmel, police dispatchers say.

The first two gas leaks were at 205 Second Ave. NW and the intersection of Central Avenue and 11th Street. As of 11:40 a.m., dispatchers said those two gas leaks were capped.

The third, at West Carmel Drive and Third Avenue SW caused the ground to move up a couple feet, a passerby told police. Crews were still working on that as of noon.

Carmel Fire Department officials say in the third gas leak, a 4-inch low pressure gas line was cut. It was capped at 1 p.m.

Vectren crews handled the leaks. Businesses in the surrounding area were evacuated and traffic was restricted while crews worked on the issues.

Comment by Howard on April 15, 2012 at 4:43am
Comment by Kojima on April 15, 2012 at 3:58am

* Explosion at main Mozdok-Kazi-Magomed gas pipeline didn't affect gas supplies to Russia

A strong explosion occurred last night at the main Mozdok-Gazimagomed gas pipeline in the Shemakhinsky region of Azerbaijan. At 10:50 p.m. there was a gas leak on the 1200 mm-diameter Altyagadzh-Agsu section of the pipeline. The explosion provoked a fire. The fire has been extinguished, there are no victims and no injuries, Trend reports with reference to the MES State Fire Service of Shemakhinsky region.

The police office of the Shemakhinsky region clarified that the explosion occurred on the part of the pipeline leading from Shemakha to the village of Gyzmeydan. Currently, supplies of gas through the pipeline are suspended. The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

* Explosion in Azerbaijani gas pipeline

April 14, 2012 | 08:52 

A powerful explosion rocked the Mozdok – Gazimagomed gas pipeline in Shamakhi Region of Azerbaijan on Friday evening. The explosion caused fire.

According to Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations the explosion was followed by gas outflow.

The gas supply through the pipeline was stopped and the gas remaining in the pipeline burned in two hours, Rosbalt reports.

There were no injured, the fire has been extinguished.

Comment by Howard on April 15, 2012 at 3:32am

Gas Explosion Causes Building Collapse in Pakistan (April 13)

Rescue workers search for bodies after a building collapsed in Lahore.

At least 12 people, including two children have been killed after a factory building collapsed in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, Press TV reports.

The three-story building collapsed following a gas explosion in a shop in the eastern city of Gujranwala on Friday.

As a result of the incident, at least another 13 people have been injured while several are said to be in critical condition. The death toll may rise as several others are reportedly trapped under the building.

Tens of people have been killed over the past few months as a result of the collapse of poorly constructed buildings.

On Friday, at least six construction workers were injured when a building caved in Rawalpindi.

In February, 15 people, mostly women and children were killed after a factory building collapsed in Lahore.

Comment by Howard on April 13, 2012 at 5:33am

April 10 - Apartment Complex Gutted by Natural Gas Explosion - (Texas)

Lubbock Fire Department investigators say leaking natural gas appears to have sparked the massive explosion and fire that ripped through the Briercroft Manor Apartment Complex in the 1300 block of 65th Drive.

Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless reports natural gas was the main fuel source, but they are still looking for the ignition source. Residents report having smelled gas in the home Monday night. Loveless says one resident filed an official report about a half hour before the explosion happened at roughly 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses say they heard a single blast which shook nearby buildings, followed by an inferno and dense smoke.

“Upon our arrival we called for a 2nd alarm, which brought several units,” Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless said. “Six fire engines and three truck companies, which are the tall aerial ladders that you see, are here.”

There are several injuries, including seven victims who were treated at Lubbock hospitals. One of the injured, an infant, was caught beneath the roof as it caved in. That one-month old is reportedly okay. A 38-year old man has been admitted to UMC's burn unit.

38 people are now homeless with just the clothes on their backs. The extent of the damage was so severe; the complex has been deemed unsafe and has been demolished. Five families have been relocated to other apartments and the others will be assisted by the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

“We see this as a key component here in Lubbock,” said Melody Patton, Salvation Army Community Relations. “We are out here not only serving the physical needs of the survivors and responders, but also the spiritual needs. We will be out here well after the disaster helping rebuild these lives.”


Comment by Kojima on April 8, 2012 at 2:35am

Gas leak causes traffic diversions in Dorchester: 3:00pm Saturday 7th April 2012 in Local News

A GAS leak caused traffic problems in Dorchester town centre while workers dug up the roads to locate the source.

Southern Gas Network employees worked through the night on Thursday but failed to find the cause of the leak at the junction of High West Street and Trinity Street.

Another team of workers took over the hunt yesterday, digging up the road outside Goadsby and IJ Brown opticians in High West Street.

Three-way traffic lights were put in place to assist the traffic flow.

The gas company asked people to allow more time for journeys or use public transport while the work was ongoing.

Nearby business premises were also checked in case they had a build up of gas.

The leak was initially reported on Thursday afternoon after a passer-by smelt gas.

A spokeswoman for Southern Gas Networks said: “We will continue working hard to find the leak. We have put up three-way lights, which can cause traffic disruption especially as this is a busy time.

“We would advise people to allow more time for their journey and use public transport if possible.”

One gas worker said: “We’re digging to find the leak. We’ve had a team here all night. We’re going to be here until we find it.”

A spokesman for Goadsby, who did not wish to be named, said: “The gas company came in on Thursday afternoon and checked we had no build up of anything.

“We’re not worried, it’s all under control.”

Liam Blazey, assistant manager at the Panasonic store in Trinity Street, said: “I think the gas company should have come and spoken to us.

“They were digging up the road outside yet we didn’t really know what it was all about.

“We’re an electrical store so we’d go up first if there was any explosion.”

Comment by Kojima on April 8, 2012 at 2:27am

Major explosion rocks petrochemical plant in Taiwan: The China Post/Asia News Network; Saturday, Apr 07, 2012

A major explosion at a CPC Corp., Taiwan plant in Kaohsiung has caused local residents to worry about their safety and disrupted the local petrochemical supply chain. The explosion, which occurred at about 3:28 a.m., sparked a fire that gutted the plant for about five hours before being extinguished.

No casualties were reported. The state-run firm also claimed that no pollution was detected because of the accident.

Operations of the plant and other areas of the same refinery complex were halted, with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu instructing that the heaviest possible penalties be imposed on CPC over the accident.

The southern city's environmental authorities slapped CPC with a NT$1 million fine for creating a hazard to the environment.

CPC Chairman Chu Shao-hua later inspected the site and offered an apology to local residents.

But Chu, pledging reinforced efforts to improve safety, said the accident will not affect the company's oil costs.

The accident comes close on the heels of a major increase in gasoline prices by the state-run company, which has led to complaints from the public and created pressure on inflation.

Firms in the plastics industry said the CPC accident has disrupted the supply chain, with prices of materials and end-products likely to go up if the plant does not resume operations soon enough.

The explosion and ensuing fire hit a butadiene storage facility at the CPC Kaohsiung refinery, which had had a poor safety record more than a decade ago before improvements were made.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a fractured pipe in the factory's distillation tower, Lee Shun-chin, head of the refinery, said at a press conference.

Losses are estimated to reach about NT$50 million (US$1.69 million) because the plant was ordered to close right after the accident for repairs and safety checks, which will take at least one month to complete, Lee said.

The plant produced 40 per cent of CPC's total butadiene, an industrial chemical used as a monomer in the production of synthetic rubber, Lee said.

Though Lee said no toxic gas or waste water leaked from the complex, the accident has fueled outrage among local residents who have for years complained about pollution from the refinery.

During her inspection of the site, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen was circled by angry protesters.

She told CPC to relocate the aging refinery by 2015 as it has promised. She also urged CPC not to ignore safety at the plants simply because they are soon to be moved.

Kuomintang Legislator Huang Chao-shun also demanded that CPC launch an overall safety check of its oil refinery operations in Kaohsiung.

She said the refinery must stop all its operations until the checks can prove its safety. "We cannot let people live alongside an unexploded bomb," she added.

Huang's call was echoed by opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Tai-hua.

Comment by Howard on April 7, 2012 at 11:06pm

Natural Gas Leak and Ruptured Water Main in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 6 -

Several North Charlotte business owners lost thousands of dollars Friday night when a dangerous natural gas leak forced some of them to evacuate and shut down.

Emergency workers had to close off part of Lasalle Street near I-77 for several hours.

Charlotte fire officials told Eyewitness News they received a call about a strange odor around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

When they arrived they found the natural gas leak. Neighbors were allowed to stay in their homes, but that didn't halt their concerns.

"It's a strong odor, it's a haze in the air and it concerns you," said Latanya Corbett.

A gas station, beauty salon, and barber shop on Lasalle Street were all forced to evacuate due to the incident. Another gas station was allowed to stay open, but business slowed to a crawl on what is usually its busiest night.

Fire officials said they also discovered a ruptured water main that flooded a nearby vacant home around the same time, but at that time, they couldn't say if the incidents were related.

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