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 25, 2011 at 6:18am


6,000 people evacuated after chemical plant blast in China

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:14 PM EST, Thu November 24, 2011
  • The explosion occurred at the Futian Chemical Company
  • A small amount of hydrogen chloride was detected in the air
  • An investigation of the blast is under way

(CNN) -- About 6,000 residents in southern China were evacuated Thursday after an explosion tore through a warehouse at a chemical plant, state media reported.

The blast took place around 2:35 p.m. at the Futian Chemical Company in the southern city of Guangzhou, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing the local government.

A small amount of hydrogen chloride was detected in the air around the plant, Xinhua said. Hydrogen chloride is a colorless to lightly yellow toxic gas with a strong, irritating smell.

The news agency reported firefighters were still at the scene and that an investigation of the accident was under way.

On Saturday, 14 people died because of a chemical plant explosion in the eastern Chinese city of Xintai, state media said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 25, 2011 at 2:20am


Gas Leak, Building Collapse in Georgetown

Wisconsin Avenue closed


Gas Leak, Building Collapse in Georgetown

Jackie Bensen, NBCWashington.com

D.C. Fire and EMS found two businesses' windows knocked out after a partial building collapse in Georgetown.

Wisconsin Avenue was closed in Georgetown Thursday afternoon because of a partial building collapse and gas leak.

The collapse set off burglar alarms at neighboring businesses in the 1400 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW.

First-responders found the windows knocked out at 1422 and 1424 Wisconsin Ave., D.C. Fire and EMS reported. They also smelled gas.

The ceiling collapsed on the first floor of the 19th-century building, which is being renovated.

The 1400 block of Wisconsin Avenue was closed and could remain closed for several hours.

Businesses in the area were evacuated. Most were closed for the holiday, but at least one shoe store had planned to open at midnight for Black Friday.

No injuries were reported.

D.C. Fire and EMS originally reported an explosion at the location.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates as they become available.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 23, 2011 at 6:55pm

A Canary Island government statement said a 55-year-old female Norwegian tourist was one of four people in critical condition after the blast at the Cordial Mogan Playa hotel in the southwest of the island. She was said to have burns to 100 percent of her body.

The rest of the injured were believed to be Spaniards working at the hotel, with the most seriously hurt flown by helicopter to hospitals on the island.

The statement said 17 other people were treated for minor anxiety attacks.

The blast occurred as a truck delivered propane to the hotel. Part of the building was affected by flames, forcing the ceiling of the hotel's spa to collapse.

Nearly 1,000 guests were evacuated. Spanish National Television said that the hotel hoped to let them return later in the day.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 23, 2011 at 2:00am

Former employee says he warned IPL about exploding manholes

A former IPL employee says he spent months trying to convince IPL to make safety changes to prevent manhole explosions but that IPL ignored him.

Fire shooting out of the streets, burning cars, man hole covers flying through the air, injuring people and damaging businesses—just some of the phrases used to describe the manhole explosions that have occurred in Ddowntown Indianapolis since 2005.

"On the positive side, nobody has been seriously hurt or killed yet--that's my terror," said Dwane Ingalls, a former IPL employee.  

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 22, 2011 at 4:07pm


8 firefighters, EMT injured in Pennsauken blast

Firefighter Dennis Cowgill looks on as officials survey the aftermath of an early morning natural gas explosion at this Pennsauken residence which injured eight firefighters and an emergency medical technician. Monday, November 21, 2011.
Firefighter Dennis Cowgill looks on as officials survey the aftermath of an early morning natural gas explosion at this Pennsauken residence which injured eight firefighters and an emergency medical technician. Monday, November 21, 2011.
Firefighter Dennis Cowgill stands outside the home where the explosion occurred. The family escaped

 PENNSAUKEN — Eight firefighters and an emergency medical technician received minor injuries Monday in a basement explosion during an early-morning house fire.

 Pennsauken Fire Chief Joseph Palumbo said all nine were released by the afternoon following treatment at Cooper University Hospital in Camden for minor burns or bruises. 

 The cause of the fire at the home in the 2500 block of 42nd Street remains under investigation by fire officials, Palumbo said.

He said the fire in the basement involved a release of natural gas from the regular service gas line. The fire at the two-story sided bungalow was reported around 4:40 a.m. and declared under control shortly after the explosion.

“As they (firemen) were stretching a hose line into the dwelling, a gas explosion occurred, causing significant interior and structural damage to the home,” the chief said.

At the time of the explosion, he said seven of those injured were inside the home and a battalion chief was on the porch.

However, a spokeswoman f

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 22, 2011 at 2:09am


Explosion causes fire at GE

Evendale fire chief, Rick Cruse, speaks to media about the fire at General Electric on Monday late afternoon.
Evendale fire chief, Rick Cruse, speaks to media about the fire at General Electric on Monday late afternoon.
Traffic is at a standstill in both directions on Interstate 75 near the Shepard Lane overpass after a fire GE Aviation.
Traffic is at a standstill in both directions on Interstate 75 near the Shepard Lane overpass after a fire GE Aviation. / The Enquirer/Cara Owsley

EVENDALE – Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at GE Aviation following an explosion in a building that houses machinery that tests aviation parts.

No one was hurt in the two-alarm fire that was reported between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at the plant along Interstate 75, officials said.

Evendale Fire Chief Rick Cruse said it probably will take awhile to figure out what caused the blast inside Building 300 at the north end of GE’s plant here. Two of the four walls were blown out of the building, which sits at the north end of GE’s property; no damage estimate was immediately available.

Three large hydraulic compressors are housed in the building, which is used for “strictly mechanical” purposes, Cruse said. Computers, not people, run all the components there, he said.

Firefighters were able to contain a leak of hydraulic fluid, Cruse said. Jet fuel, natural gas, water and electricity supplies were turned off in the area, Cruse said, adding that GE “is real conscientious about everything.”

GE spokesman Rick Kennedy said employees rarely occupy that area, and all buildings nearby are used to test aviation parts.

After the fire broke out, interstate was clogged alongside the plant because of rainy weather, rush-hour traffic and multiple fire trucks converging on the scene; some fire crews were advised to find an alternate route to reach the plant.

Evendale firefighters were able to extinguish the fire so rapidly, they didn’t need the extra help that poured in from neighboring departments, Cruse said. Firefighters from nine departments with 50 firefighters arrived to help but Evendale fire officials released most of those firefighters because they weren’t needed, Cruse said.

GE maintains its own fire department but Cruse was unsure whether GE firefighters were the first to fight the fire, C

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 21, 2011 at 2:34pm


5 firefighters injured in Pennsauken gas explosion

Updated at 08:00 AM today

Five firefighters were injured following a natural gas explosion early Monday in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

The explosion happened around 4:30 a.m. in a house located on the 2500 block of 42nd Street.

The injured firefighters were taken to Cooper University medical Center for treatment. All of their injuries are reportedly minor.

Officials say crews were battling a fire in the basement of the house when the explosion happened.

There is no word on what sparked the blaze.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 21, 2011 at 12:22am


Explosion rocks rural Ohio

3rd breach in gas pipeline this year sends huge fireball into sky; gas company has experienced 63 'incidents' since 2006

JACKSONTOWN, Ohio — Hooper Ridge was scarred yesterday by the explosion of a natural-gas pipeline that sent a plume of fire hundreds of feet into the air and set buildings ablaze in the Morgan County countryside.

Only slight injuries were reported from the huge blast, which authorities said was felt and heard up to 12 miles away.

The high-pressure interstate pipeline, built in 1963 and operated by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., ruptured about 8:45 a.m., blowing apart three houses and a barn and charring trees and fields along Taylor Road.

John Sayers and his wife were staggered when the pipeline blew about 500 feet from their home. He recalled "an explosion and fire, and that's about it." His wife, Cathy, suffered minor leg burns. "Our house is destroyed. It's completely gone."

Nearby resident Tim Traxler heard a thunderous noise like a jet engine and then saw a giant red fireball rising. "When we got down to the site, they (the flames) were a couple of hundred feet in the air" near the Morgan-Athens county line.

One woman, who was found walking along a road carrying her dog, was treated at an Athens hospital for respiratory problems and released, authorities said.

The pipeline fire died out about three hours after workers stemmed the flow of natural gas through the damaged 25-inch pipeline. It carves through Ohio from near Portsmouth to near Youngstown for about 200 miles on its way between southern Texas and New England.

Fourteen fire departments from Morgan, Athens and Perry counties responded to douse fires triggered by the explosion. Smoke continued to rise from smoldering fires in the area yesterday evening.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will monitor the investigation of the cause of the explosion by the pipeline owner and then submit its findings to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 20, 2011 at 7:07am


Manhole cover explosions reported Downtown

An underground explosion Downtown blew off manhole covers, set a car on fire and shut down traffic near the intersection of South Delaware and East Washington streets Saturday night.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion blew manhole covers into the air before 10 p.m.

Numerous intersections were closed as the Indianapolis Fire Department continued to work at 11:30 p.m. to get the underground blaze under control in an area north of Conseco Fieldhouse. No injuries were reported.

WTHR (Channel 13), the Star's newsgathering partner, reported that as Indianapolis Fire Department crews investigated the first explosion, another cover blew up beneath a department pickup truck.

IFD Capt. Eric Hofmeister told WTHR: "We've gotta be very careful with the amount of water we throw on these, because it can do two things. It can cause a secondary explosion and electricity can travel through our hose stream and injure firefighters. So there's not much we can do until the power's cut and that's what we're waiting on right now."

Traffic was restricted in the two blocks from the intersection of Washington and Delaware streets. People in the vicinity also reported smelling what they believed to be gas.

Indianapolis Power & Light Co. utility crews were contacted, and some power outages may occur in the Downtown area as the situation is resolved.

Saturday night's Downtown underground fire is at least the sixth since February 2010.

In June, the Star reported that at least five huge blasts in the previous 16 months -- including one in May outside Gov. Mitch Daniels' office at the Statehouse -- had put pressure on authorities to determine the cause.

No one was seriously injured in the five previous blasts, but they have damaged cars, scorched buildings and sent manhole covers soaring into the air, sometimes just a few feet from customers dining on patios. Some Downtown merchants and promoters have said they are concerned that future blasts might take a more serious toll.

Several of the previous explosions have been traced to faulty cables in Indianapolis Power & Light Co.'s sprawling network of underground equipment. The utility insisted it properly maintains its system. It said in June it would begin an "accelerated inspection plan" of its Downtown underground equipment.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 20, 2011 at 1:50am

Officials Order Shutdown of 27 Miles of Gas Pipeline in Ohio

HOUSTON--Federal officials have ordered the continued shutdown of 27 miles of natural gas pipeline in Ohio because of repeated problems with welds in the pipe, including one linked to an explosion that leveled several houses on Wednesday.

The investigation into the cause of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC explosion near Glouster, Ohio, is continuing, according to an order released late Thursday by the federal


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