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 October 29, 2011 at 6:53pm

Gas pipeline explodes in southwestern Iran, no casualty

A gas pipeline in Iran’s southwestern province of Khouzestan exploded Friday without causing any casualty, the official IRNA news agency reported.

A fire broke out around the city of Dogonbadan in the Keshab region after the pipeline, which carried gas from Pazran to the oil fields in Gatchsaran, exploded in the evening, said the report.

No casualty was reported due to the blast, while the emergency workers are trying to contain the fire, it said.

The cause of the explosion was still unknown, it said.

Another two blasts occurred in Iran Friday morning, hitting an oil field and a refinery respectively.

One worker was killed and three others were injured when a blast occurred at the Bibi Hakimeh oil field in the province of Khouzestan and caused a fire. The reason for the blast was also unclear, according to local Mehr news agency.

The state IRIB TV said later Friday that the fire at Bibi Hakimieh oil field was contained and two of the three wounded staff members were sent to a hospital in the southern Ghenaveh port for further treatments.

The other explosion and subsequent fire occurred at the Shahzand oil refinery in central Iran’s Markazi province.

The reason for the incident is not yet known, and there is no report yet about the possible casualty or degree of damage to the refinery, Mehr reported.

Since May, there have been several explosions and fire accidents in Iran’s refineries, oil fields and gas and oil pipelines.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 28, 2011 at 6:48pm


Explosions in Iranian Refinery in Arak and at Oil Rig in Bushehr

Fire, explosion at Iran's Shazand refinery

ARAK, Markazi Province, Oct. 28 (Mehr News Agency) - An explosion and fire occurred at the Shazand refinery in central Iran on Friday morning.


The reason for the fire is not yet known. No report has also been published about possible fatalities or the degree of damage to the refinery.

More details will be published later.

One Killed, 3 Injured in Iran Oil Rig Explosion

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- An explosion at a state-run oil field in Southern Iran killed a worker and injured three others on Friday.


A rig at the Bibi Hakimieh oil field in the Southern province of Bushehr was rocked by a blast when a huge amount of gas was released during drilling.

The explosion killed one employee of the National Iranian Drilling Company, while three others were injured.

... Payvand News - 10/28/11 ... --


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 28, 2011 at 6:47pm

October 28, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran — An explosion on Friday killed one worker and injured three other on a decades old land-based oil rig, semiofficial Mehr news agency reported.

The report said the blast erupted at the Bibi Hakimeh oil rig, about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, starting a fire, after workers reached a significant layer of trapped gas in the field.

The field has been in operation since 1962, producing 120,000 barrels of crude a day. The report said firefighters brought the blaze under control.

Increasing incidents of explosions have hit Iran’s oil and gas sector recently, but authorities rarely provide explanations for them.

The news agency said another fire Friday at Iran’s Arak refinery some 180 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of Tehran set off an explosion. There were no reports of casualties.

Majid Rajabi, head of the refinery, told Iran’s state radio that there was no fire or explosion in the operational part of the refinery. He said the fire might have been linked to contractors’ work on development projects.

Iran is OPEC’s second largest oil exporter, and sits atop 137 billion barrels of conventional crude oil. It also holds the world’s second largest natural gas reserves — roughly 28 trillion cubic meters.

Some 80 percent of the country’s foreign revenue comes from exporting oil.

Most of Iran’s pipelines are decades old and suffer from lack of maintenance and frequent technical failures. Also, there have been occasional cases of sabotage, mostly in northwest Iran, near the Turkish border.

In August, an explosion hit an oil pipeline in Iran’s oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan, a week after an explosion struck a major pipeline carrying gas to Turkey.

That blast, which temporarily cut the gas flow, took place in morning hours near a border crossing. No one was injured. Authorities blamed it on Kurdish rebels operating in the area.

In April, three explosions hit gas pipelines near the holy city of Qom in central Iran, briefly cutting the flow from Iran’s gas refineries in the south to the country’s northwest.

Similar explosions rocked the same pipelines in February. Officials at the time said the blasts were not caused by technical failures but did not say if they were acts of sabotage.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 27, 2011 at 7:57pm

Coal mine blast leaves 7 dead, 11 missing

ZHENGZHOU – Seven people have died and 11 others remain missing following a gas explosion early Thursday at a coal mine in central China’s Henan Province.

A gas rush hit the Jiulishan Coal Mine in the city of Jiaozuo shortly after midnight, said a spokesman with the provincial work safety authority.

At that time, 18 workers were working underground in the mine, which belongs to Henan Coal and Chemical Industry Group, the province’s largest state-owned mining company.

Seven workers have been confirmed dead, and the search for the 11 missing people was hampered by the high level of gas in the mine, the spokesman said.

Rescuers have installed ventilation machines and are speeding up the process of dredging the coal ore which was preventing rescuers from approaching the missing workers.



Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 27, 2011 at 7:41pm

Mother and daughter die in Swiss gas blast

Published: 27 Oct 2011 11:36 GMT+1


One of the victims of a gas explosion in southwest Switzerland that killed two people on Tuesday has been identified as a 31-year-old mother named as Yassouda.

DNA tests are expected to show that the second body was that of her 5-year-old daughter Odyssea. 

Yassouda was at her home in Yverdon-les-Bains when the explosion rocked the building where she lived with the child and the girl's father.

Yassouda’s partner, Alexandre Debons, told newspaper 24 Heures that his girlfriend had called him at around 12.30pm and said that she has just put out her cigarette because the kitchen smelled of gas.

“Since our flat it is not connected to gas, I just told her to open the windows and ventilate the room,” Debons told the newspaper.

An hour later, a powerful explosion destroyed half of the building on rue Neuchâtel 39, in the centre of the town in canton Vaud.

Fourteen other people were injured, mainly by broken glass and debris. Police said 15 flats, all on the fourth and fifth floors, would be uninhabitable for several months after the building's facade was ripped off in the blast.

Investigators have not yet confirmed the cause of the accident, though several witnesses have told police that they smelled gas minutes before the explosion


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 26, 2011 at 3:10pm

Neighbors hear explosion before central Toledo fire

Posted: Oct 26, 2011 4:03 AM EDT Updated: Oct 26, 2011 7:02 AM EDT


TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A vacant central Toledo house fire that began early Wednesday has been ruled as arson.

Neighbors say they heard an explosion and looked out to see the house on fire in the 1200 block of Prospect near Detroit Avenue. This was just after 1 a.m.

Investigators say there is evidence of some sort of explosion because the vent covers were all blown off of the wall. A gas can was also found by the house.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 26, 2011 at 2:43pm

Utility finds 4 more natural gas leaks in Seattle

Utility crews have found a total of eight natural gas leaks in the north Seattle neighborhood where a home exploded, injuring two residents in a two-alarm fire.

The pipes have been dug up for repair, Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman Martha Monfried said Tuesday.

More than two dozen utility employees were using sniffer equipment to sweep the area within five miles of Monday's blast.

Four of the leaks have been linked to electrical arcing initiated when a tree knocked down a high-voltage power line Sunday. The utility believes this is what caused the holes to the service line of the destroyed home.

One leak is under investigation and the other three are not related to the downed tree.

Puget Sound Energy said it surveys its entire coverage area every day with trucks and people. The utility has conducted extra surveys over the last two days in a 5-square mile area near the site of the explosion.

David Ingham, one of the two people injured in the explosion and fire has been released from the hospital, Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Tuesday. Ingham's wife, Hong, remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit.

Damage from the blast is estimated at $350,000, Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said.

The utility has 750,000 natural gas customers in five counties.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 26, 2011 at 2:36pm

Weston house wrecked in gas heater explosion

Butane gas heater explosion, Weston-super-Mare Firefighters will begin an investigation in the explosion later

Two people escaped with minor injuries when a gas explosion wrecked a house in Somerset.

Firefighters were called to the house in Brean Down Avenue, Weston-super-Mare, at 19:45 BST on Tuesday.

An investigation by Avon Fire and Rescue concluded the explosion was caused by a portable butane gas heater.

The front of the house has been destroyed and is now structurally unsound - forcing the evacuation of a neighbouring property.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 25, 2011 at 7:27pm

Maui gas pipe ruptures

Oaonui gas plant
TROUBLED TIMES: Workers at the Oaonui gas plant.

Gas industry experts face a frantic mission today to find and fix a gasline rupture crippling industry in the top half of the North Island.

The Maui gas pipeline, which runs from the Maui production station at Oanui and feeds gas to much of the North Island, was closed early yesterday morning when a leak was discovered near White Cliffs north of Urenui.

By lunchtime the closure of the line forced 15 of Fonterra's northern factories reliant on gas to shut down or only partly operate, and Waikato dairy farmers last night began dumping milk.

Other industries also began to suffer and Employers and Manufacturers Association manufacturing manager Bruce Goldsworthy described the situation as "a bloody disaster".

At this stage residential supplies are not affected.

Hekia Parata, the acting Energy Minister, travelled to New Plymouth for briefings on the crisis.

Last night pipeline operator Vector could not say when gas would be turned back on. Although the leak has been isolated to a section of pipe near White Cliffs, spokeswoman Sandy Hodge did know the extent or type of damage suffered by the pipe.

"For safety reasons a full excavation of the pipe cannot be undertaken until a detailed site evaluation has been carried out. We need to have a careful look at the pipeline before we bring diggers in," Ms Hodge said.

She said engineers were working on "every scenario they can come up with" on what type of fix the pipe will need so repairing can begin as soon as the fault is understood.

That fix might be known as early as 7am today, when Vector makes the day's first announcement on what is happening at the leak site.

Ms Hodge said the leak had not posed an explosion risk and as far as she knew it was the first time the pipeline had been comproMised.

Yesterday residents near the pipeline on Pukearuhe Rd reported hearing a huge roar of gas being vented but little else.

"They were blowing stuff through there today. It made a hell of a noise. A big roar," said Ian Besley.

"There was a message on my phone from Vector to say they were doing something. They had some sort of problem."

Mr Besley said he had heard the pipeline being vented in the past and did not think it unusual.

Neighbour Michael Kuriger said Vector called his wife in the morning to say there had been a major leak and they might be flaring off some gas. But it was only the appearance of a Taranaki Daily News car on Pukearuhe Rd that made him think anything unusual might be going on.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 25, 2011 at 7:23pm


More troubles in the NYC subway system.

4 Train Evacuated Underground

I turned down a drink last night in favor of catching an earlier train home; little did I know my decision would lead to a one and a half hour ordeal featuring a still-unexplained explosion, very real smoke, an underground evacuation and emergency personnel.

It was a little after 9:30 pm when I boarded the 4 train to Brooklyn from Fulton Street. I remember glancing up from my Kindle at Bowling Green to reassure myself we were making progress; it was my first time on the 4 in awhile and I just wanted to be home. All seemed normal and I went back to my reading when what sounded like an explosion ripped through the car -- definitely not a sound you want to hear while in a black tunnel under the East River. The train shuddered and came to a halt. That's when the car enclosing me began to fill up with thick, odd-smelling smoke.

Then the ventilation system shut down. A few passengers started to panic and opened the doors on either side of the car in an attempt to get more air, which only made the car fill up with the foul-smelling smoke more quickly. Other passengers yelled at them to stop."It's coming from the tunnel!" someone shouted.

As the air in the car slowly turned gray, passengers began to cover their mouths with scarfs and sweaters. Unsettlingly, one man pulled on a gas mask and the person next to me whispered that it seemed like he was prepared for whatever was about to happen -- perhaps too prepared (he's by car door to left in this photo:)

Passengers began to speculate about what was going on. A few made nervous jokes while others appeared to close their eyes in prayer or thought or both. I hadn't been to church in years, but found myself clasping my hands in a pose that recalled my Grandmother Mary whenever she heard bad news. I pulled my turtleneck over my lips in an attempt to ventilate the stale air and told myself to breathe.

Was this it? The two year anniversary of my mother's death is Saturday; what will my Dad do alone? Would my sister have to come home from Germany, where she'd finally been carving a life out for herself? Did I really just spend the last night of my life getting drinks with a finance guy?

A woman in her late 20s calmly walked over and pushed the red emergency "talk" button that you always stare at when you forget reading mat

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