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 9, 2011 at 2:32am

Mission Ridge House Explosion: "99.9% Sure It's Gasoline"

Investigator Jerry Parrish of the State Fire Marshal's Arson Unit said he is "99 and nine tenths sure it is gasoline."

Parrish and other specialists are awaiting lab test results to make concrete confirmation on the Mission Ridge Road house explosion. Parrish said said the odor was very similar to gas and he "would be shocked" if it is not. However, he added, there is always "that margin of error."

Walker County Fire hasn't yet released its conclusion. Assistant Chief Waymond Westbrook said his department is awaiting results from a private lab that the insurance company is using.

However, Westbrook told NewsChannel 9 yesterday "they are 99 percent positive of what triggered this explosion" He added it's "probably criminal."

The explosion last Wednesday night shredded the house at 1441 Mission Ridge Road and rocked houses for several hundred feet.

Neighbors told authorities the house had been unoccupied for about three weeks. Renter Ricky Bethune and his son had been out of town in Michigan for a family matter.

After ruling out methane, natural gas and LP gas, investigators got the break they needed late yesterday afternoon. Assistant Chief Westbrook said crews took four samples to be analyzed.

The Georgia Fire Marshal's Office also took samples but doesn't expect results back for six to seven weeks because of backlog at the state crime lab in Decatur.

Last Friday, the Fire Marshal's accelerant sniffing dog, Smoky, didn't detect anything. But Parrish pointed out the samples were buried under almost three feet of debris. Smoky didn't venture into that area for safety reasons; nails and shredded lumber littered the back corner.

Investigators are also running down another lead: word of a silver or gray car parking in the driveway multiple times in the time that the house was unoccupied.

Parrish said once the lab results come back, his department plans to put up an arson/reward sign up on the property.

A news conference is planned for tomorrow with more details.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 5, 2011 at 7:28am


One dead in gas blast fire

Kate Bastians, The West Australian November 5, 2011, 8:52 am

Police at the scene this morning. Picture: Sharon Smith

A young Irish backpacker has perished in a fire after a gas bottle explosion near New Norcia this morning.

It is understood the farmhand, aged in his 20s, was in the common room of the Mackie Hay Plant accommodation unit when the fire broke out about 4.30am.

Another 20 workers were asleep in the hostel when the blaze started. No-one else was injured.

A police spokesman said the incident happened on Glentromie-Yerecoin Road, 1km east of the Great Northern Highway, about 140km north of Perth.

The fire caused the roof collapsed, killing the man.

Outside the Gilmac Mackie hay export plant this morning, Sgt Ben Tomasini said the young men had worked at the farm for a month.

"He was certainly well liked by his work colleagues and his employer," Sgt Tomasini said. "The owners are very distressed and upset and their hearts have gone out to the man's family."

He said an investigation was underway to see what part the gas bottles played in the man's death.

A St John Ambulance spokesman confirmed the man died at the scene.

A woman, who worked nearby but did not want to be named, said the victim was a "really lovely boy and very well thought of".

Volunteer fire and rescue officers from Wongan Hills attended.

Arson squad officers are investigating.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 4, 2011 at 1:15pm


Man suffers burn injuries in Waterford gas blasts


THE SCENE of two gas explosions in Waterford which left one man with burn injuries remained cordoned off last night as emergency services worked to ensure that the area is safe.

The local man, in his 60s, was injured when a gas cylinder containing acetylene – which reaches extremely high temperatures when ignited with oxygen – exploded at a building used by Waterford Institute of Technology in an IDA industrial estate in Waterford city.

Investigations are under way into the cause of the incident which occurred at about 10am yesterday. After the initial explosion, a second occurred.

The Garda say a fire broke out as a result of the explosions but was brought under control “fairly quickly”.

Four nearby buildings had to be evacuated and traffic restrictions put in place while the fire service, the ESB, the Garda, An Bord Gáis and BOC industrial gases were called to inspect the scene and secure the area.

It is understood that the injured man, a staff member with Waterford Institute of Technology, suffered burns in the explosion.

He was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital and his condition was described as “comfortable”.

Waterford Institute of Technology estates manager Elaine Greenan said the college’s priority was to ensure the area was made safe as soon as possible.

She said the institute would assist the Health and Safety Authority in any way it could.

“We will also carry out our own internal investigation. The safety of staff and students is paramount and we will be doing everything possible to ensure that this type of incident cannot occur again.”

Gardaí remained on the scene in the evening. “We’re treating it as an industrial accident,” Supt Chris Delaney of Waterford Garda station said.

“The area is cordoned off and there will be a cordon in place for a period of 24 hours to make sure everything is safe.”

An area of about 200m in each direction from the site of the explosion was sealed off and was expected to remain off limits to the public until at least 10am today.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 3, 2011 at 7:45pm


November 3, 2011

No injuries in Artemas gas explosion but residents evacuated

ARTEMAS, Pa. — A building was destroyed and three vehicles were damaged early Thursday when an explosion of unknown origin occurred at a Columbia Gas Transmission pumping station. No one was injured butabout 100 residents were evacuated as a result of the 12:30 a.m. incident on Artemas Road.

The natural gas pipeline of the pumping station in Mann Township was shut down by Columbia Gas Transmission employees who live in the area.

Bedford County Emergency Management Director Dave Cubbison said it took four hours to control the fire. Flames reportedly shot hundreds of feet into the air when the explosion occurred.

The Allegany County 911 center was inundated with calls about the explosion. “We probably received about a hundred calls,” said acting 911 director Roger Bennett.

Sixteen volunteer fire units remained at the scene at 10:30 a.m.

Between 40 and 50 homes were evacuated because of the fire. The residents were returned to their homes by late Thursday morning.

Orleans Volunteer Fire Chief John Clingerman was the officer in charge at the scene. Numerous volunteer fire companies responded following alert by emergency centers in Allegany and Bedford counties.

The incident is reportedly being investigated by the Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. and the Federal Highway Administration, which has oversight of the pipelines.

“There was some sort of failure at the plant,” said Cubbison.

In early 2010, Columbia Gas Transmission met with about 70 residents who were concerned with a project that conducted seismic activities to create a three-dimensional image of the Artemas storage field. Officials then said that the goal was to improve the storage field and find ways to get the natural gas out of the ground quicker.

They also discussed the possibility of constructing additional wells at that time.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 3, 2011 at 7:39pm


House explosion rocks Rossville neighborhood

Charred debris is all that remains of a house at 1441 Mission Ridge Road in Rossville that exploded Wednesday night. (Messenger photo/Matt Ledger)
Charred debris is all that remains of a house at 1441 Mission Ridge Road in Rossville that exploded Wednesday night. (Messenger photo/Matt Ledger)
A loud explosion on Mission Ridge Road in Rossville occurred after 9 p.m. Wednesday, frightening neighbors with a sound that could be heard for miles.

A single-story Rossville home at 1441 Mission Ridge Road was leveled, according to Walker County fire marshal Waymond Westbrook.

The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined. Westbrook said he would return to the scene today with officials from the state fire marshal’s office to determine the reason the home ignited.

Both of the occupants of the rental house were not home at the time of the blast. Officials confirmed by phone that the two were elsewhere when the explosion occurred.

“We thought it was a gas station exploding,” a neighbor said. She lives two blocks away from the home, assuming that one of the three gas stations in the area was the cause of the loud noise.

The neighbor called 911 at 9:19 p.m., saying there was a big explosion and a fire next door.

Police set up a perimeter at the smoke-filled scene, stopping traffic and moving neighbors back due to a fear that another explosion could occur. This is standard procedure, Westbrook said.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 3, 2011 at 6:11am


Gas explosion at 34th, Ludlow causes no injuries

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34th and Ludlow streets.

An underground gas explosion at 34th and Ludlow Streets at about 5 p.m. Wednesday caused pavement damage at the southwest corner of the intersection.

Currently, no injuries are reported and no Penn buildings are damaged. The explosion was due to an electrical line on the Drexel campus, according to a representative from Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services.

The Division of Public Safety sent out an advisory asking the Penn community to use caution in the area, noting that the unit block of South 34th street will be back to normal conditions by this morning.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 1, 2011 at 5:03pm

Death toll climbs to 7 in SW China blast, at least 200 injured

A policeman investigates the crater of an explosion in Fuquan, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 1, 2011. Two truck carrying dynamite exploded in Machangping township of Fuquan City. Seven people were confirmed dead and 260 others were injured in the explosion. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu) 

GUIYANG, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Seven people have been confirmed dead and about 200 others injured in an explosion that occurred near a gas station in southwest China's Guizhou Province Tuesday, local authorities said.

The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m., when two cargo trucks loaded with about 70 metric tons of explosives exploded in front of a motor vehicle testing station in the city of Fuquan, about 100 km from Guizhou's capital of Guiyang, according to the local rescue headquarters.

Windows shattered in nearby houses, and cars parked near the site were severely damaged. A nearby grain warehouse was seriously damaged as well.

A witness told Xinhua that the testing station was destroyed and a neighboring five-story residential building was severely damaged.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the scene swiftly after the blast occurred.

About 200 people have been rushed to a local hospital, 20 of whom are in critical condition, said a spokesman with the local rescue headquarters.

An investigation into the cause of the explosion is under way.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 1, 2011 at 5:01pm


Explosion in southwest China kills at least 7 people, injures about 200


BEIJING — A massive explosion near an expressway ramp in southwest China killed at least seven people and injured about 200 while also destroying several homes on Tuesday.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the midday blast occurred in the Guizhou province city of Fuquan, but gave no further details.

A man who answered the phone in the press office at the city’s Communist Party branch said the blast was caused by three explosives-laden vehicles that caught fire, also destroying a garage and a food warehouse. The man, who like many Chinese officials refused to give his name, could not give details about what kind of explosives were involved.

Heavy machinery was being used to search for victims in the wreckage, he said.

Xinhua said two trucks carrying a total of about 70 tons of explosives caused the blast, and that the number of dead had risen to seven by Tuesday evening while another 200 or so were being treated at nearby hospitals for injuries.

Accidents and explosions are common in China due to weak safety standards and lax building practices.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 31, 2011 at 6:27pm

North Sea platform shut over 'explosion risk'


Talisman's Claymore platform is closed after HSE records four accidental releases of flammable gas in two months.

A North Sea oil rig was shut down over fears not enough was being done to prevent an explosion.

The Claymore platform, owned by Talisman UK, was closed after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a prohibition notice over serious safety concerns.

The safety regulator accused the oil company of failing to take appropriate measures "to prevent fire and explosion" on four separate occasions.

North Sea platform shut over 'explosion risk'

A Talisman spokesman said production resumed earlier this month after the company "fully complied" with the prohibition notice.

The platform was shut because the company did not put the controls in place to stop the "unintentional release" of flammable or explosive substances.

The notice, issued in August during the annual maintenance shutdown, gives details of an emergency shutdown at the platform on May 1 after a release from a "produced water skimmer".

This was followed by two separate gas releases on June 7, once during venting operations and then after gas compressor seal failed.

The next day there was another gas release and on June 30 another accidental gas release.

According to the HSE, the accidents reveal "inadequacies" in the processing and handling of flammable substances and in the company's control and supervision of maintenance activities.

Talisman also failed to properly investigate and take measures to prevent similar accidents happening in the future, the prohibition notice states.

Geoff Holmes, Talisman UK senior vice president, said: "Safety is always our number one priority.

"Any hydrocarbon release is unacceptable and our performance has clearly not met our own standards or those demanded by the HSE."

An HSE spokeswoman said: "No harm to personnel came from the hydrocarbon releases and the duty holder has now informed HSE that the prohibition notice served on Talisman's Claymore platform has been complied with and the platform has partially restarted.

"HSE is working with Talisman to make further changes to its Health and Safety Management system."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 31, 2011 at 3:25am

Gas blamed for explosion at Adelaide theatre

Updated October 31, 2011 12:15:46

Fire crews have ventilated gas from the Capri Theatre at Goodwood in Adelaide after an explosion.

The blast happened under the floorboards of the theatre just south of the city.

It dislodged a window of the building facing Goodwood Road.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus went into the building.

The Metropolitan Fire Service said there was a cleaner in the theatre at the time of the explosion, but no injuries were reported.

It says there may have been a build-up of methane or refrigeration gas in the premises.

Tanya works near the theatre and says she was startled by the sound of the blast.

"About a quarter to 10 there was just this really loud muffled bang at the Capri and the side door that faces Gilbert Street just blew open," she said.

"All this dust came out and then a guy in a pair of white overalls was using a fire extinguisher for quite some time.

"One of the windows facing Goodwood Road's got a major crack in it."

The Capri, built in the 1940s, is heritage listed.


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