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 April 6, 2019 at 6:18am


Dozens injured as gas explosion guts top floor of Spanish apartment block

A supposed gas explosion has ripped through an entire floor of an apartment block in Madrid. The powerful blast which tore off the brick walls of parts of the 16-floor building has reportedly left 16 people in hospital recovering from minor injuries.

A powerful explosion that ripped through a top-floor apartment in a high-rise building in southeastern Madrid and blew out several of its walls has left 16 people injured.

The apartment was inhabited by elderly people and an investigation had been launched into how a gas leak could have sprung and been responsible for the damage, police sources told EFE.

The entire building was evacuated and emergency services set up a small field hospital in a street outside to attend to the injured, most of them hurt by falling bricks and masonry although some had to be treated for anxiety attacks, the sources said.

The street and some of the vehicles parked below were covered in rubble and many windows belonging to neighbouring homes had been blown in, police said.

Specialist firefighters were reviewing the entire building floor-by-floor to see how much structural damage had been caused to it, while other agents were doing the same to nearby addresses to determine the extent of the destruction and also to verify if there were more people inured.

Roadblocks were set up outside by firefighters as well as Municipal and National Police so as to stop anyone else being injured by falling rubble, the sources said.

The National Police had deployed its specialist rapid reaction and scientific units, the sources said

Comment by Tracie Crespo on April 5, 2019 at 3:17pm


Silo explosion at Lake County asphalt plant heard from miles away

A silo exploded at an asphalt plant early Thursday morning and the boom could be heard from miles away.

It happened in the 1200 block of Commerce Street at an address associated with DAB Constructors.

Nobody was seriously hurt in the blast, but metal was thrown all over the plant.

Crews spent the morning peeling dangling metal off the silos and beginning cleanup efforts.

A man who lives nearby told WESH 2 News the explosion knocked a clock off his wall.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on April 3, 2019 at 3:20pm


2nd Texas chemical fire in about 2 weeks kills worker

HOUSTON (AP) — A tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a Texas plant Tuesday, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the fatality in a tweet and said the two injured had been taken by helicopter to a hospital. The two injured were in critical condition, said Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

Authorities shut down a roadway near Tuesday’s fire at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston, Gonzalez said. Fire crews battled the blaze for about 5 ½ hours before they extinguished it, according to the fire marshal’s office.

All residents within a one-mile radius of the plant were ordered to stay indoors or shelter in place for about four hours. It was not immediately known how many residents were affected by the shelter in place. Crosby has about 2,300 residents. The fire sent a large black plume of smoke into the air.

The fire erupted about two weeks after a March 17 blaze at a petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park , located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Crosby. That fire at a facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company burned for days and triggered air quality warnings. Crosby also is where an Arkema’s chemical plant was inundated by water during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Some chemicals eventually caught fire and partially exploded.

HCFMO is on scene of a plant fire/explosion. Warehouse is currently on fire, trying to determine what products are involved.

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"It is disturbing and it is problematic that we're seeing this incident in a facility, especially on the heels of" the fire in Deer Park, said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county's top administrator.

Samantha Galle lives less than a mile away from the plant and said she heard and felt an explosion Tuesday.

“It shook everybody’s house around here,” the 23-year-old said.

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Gonzalez said a transfer line at the KMCO plant ignited in the area of a tank of isobutylene — a flammable colorless gas used in the production of high octane gasoline — which then caught on fire.

The fire spread to a nearby warehouse where dry chemicals are stored.

Moreno said the Environmental Protection Agency has been testing air samples from the area around the plant and has not found any harmful readings.

Worker Justin Trahan told Houston television station KPRC that he heard "some panic on the radio" but no alarms sounding before the plant caught fire.

"We didn't think anything of it — we didn't think it was anything severe," he said.

Trahan said employees began running after “the tank ignited.”

He said that he and other colleagues had to jump over a fence to escape because all the gates were locked.

Pilar Davis, a product manager with KMCO, said none of the emergency evacuation points at the plant were blocked during the fire.

At a news conference late Tuesday afternoon, John C. Foley, chief executive of KMCO, said a cause of the blaze is still being determined.

"We will conduct a thorough investigation ... and take steps to ensure this doesn't happen again," Foley said.

Davis said the fire initially ignited with isobutylene but was fueled by ethanol and ethyl acrylate. All three are chemicals and solvents used to make fuel additives at the plant.

Davis declined to comment on the worker who was killed and the two who were injured, only saying they were part of KMCO’s operations department.

KMCO, which was founded in 1975, is a chemical company that offers coolant and brake fluid products and chemicals for the oilfield industry.

The Crosby, Sheldon and Channelview school districts asked students and staff to shelter in place at all their campuses. But later Tuesday afternoon, all three districts lifted those orders to shelter in place.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said that it has dispatched emergency response personnel to conduct an initial assessment of the fire.

Foley said his company's number one priority "is safety and compliance."

"We have a long track record of investing in the people, the systems and the assets to operate safely," he said.

Meanwhile, the Texas Attorney General’s office filed a petition in state district court in Austin on behalf of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The petition seeks a permanent injunction, civil penalties and reasonable attorney fees, court costs, along with recovery of investigative costs.

KMCO has had environmental violations in the past, according to a review of records.

In 2016, KMCO’s corporate agents pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of violating the Clean Air Act. A plea agreement document stated that a plant employee made false entries in logs of air testing of tanks that were known to be leaking chemicals. Another employee then used those falsified logs to submit reports to the federal and state environmental authorities. The document says the violation went on between 2008 and 2012.

A year earlier, the EPA cited KMCO for failing to comply with regulations on its risk-management plan for the plant, but settled with the plant for a $2,700 penalty.

Texas has served the plant with three notices of violation of a federal clean-air law since last August, the EPA website shows. Harris County had obtained an injunction against KMCO in 2009 that required the firm to pay $100,000 in civil penalties and give investigators easy access to the plant and prompt notification of releases.


Associated Press writers Nomaan Merchant in Houston, Jake Bleiberg and Terry Wallace in Dallas, Jill Zeman in Little Rock, Arkansas, Adam Kealoha Causey in Oklahoma City and Ellen Knickmeyer in Washington contributed to this report.

Copyright 2019 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 22, 2019 at 7:01am


12 Dead After Fertilizer Plant Explosion in Egypt

March 21, 2019

12 or more people are dead after an explosion in a gas tank rocked a a fertilizer plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt on Thursday, international and local news organizations reported. 

Officials told news wire service Reuters that the tank blew up at an Egyptian military-owned phosphates production facility. Workers were performing tests on the tank when the incident occurred, according to the BBC.  

Chemical industry news website ICIS speculated that the site of the explosion was a El Nasr Company for Intermediate Chemicals (NCIC) phosphates and compound fertilizer facility that is slated to become operational later this year. 

While no official tally on the fatalities is available, many local and international media outlets reported that more than 12 people perished during the incident. Egyptian state news agency MENA said that 15 people in total were killed or injured. 

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Video: Gas explosion rocks Surulere

Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:57 pm

Fire devastate mechanic village

A gas explosion has rocked Bab Animashaun area of Surulere, sending panic in the neighbourhood.

Balls of fire and thick smokes enveloped the atmosphere on Thursday while officials of the Lagos State Fire Service battled to put out the fire.

The fire was said to have emanated from a Mechanic Village in the area, as goods worth millions of naira were destroyed.

Watch video here:

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 22, 2019 at 6:42am


Dozens killed in massive explosion at Chinese chemical plant

Date created : 22/03/2019 - 05:04

The death toll from a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China surged to 47 on Friday, making it one of the country's worst industrial accidents in recent years.

More than 600 people are receiving medical treatment following Thursday afternoon's blast at the industrial park in Yancheng, said the city government on its official Twitter-like Weibo account.

Among them, at least 90 are seriously injured. City officials had previously said that at least 12 people were killed and 30 injured in the explosion in Jiangsu province.

The explosion was so powerful that it apparently triggered a small earthquake, knocked down several factory buildings and shattered the windows of homes a few kilometres away.

"We knew we'd be blown up one day," said one 60-year-old woman surnamed Xiang.

She said she had harboured concerns about safety and pollution at the site for a long time.

Hundreds of rescuers have been dispatched to the scene, local authorities said, and more than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the blast site.

The blaze from the explosion has been extinguished, said local officials Friday, after firefighters battled raging flames through the night. Three chemical tanks and five other areas had been on fire.

Authorities, who are investigating the cause of the accident, said an unspecified number of people were taken into police custody.

The chemical facility involved in the explosion belonged to Tianjiayi Chemical, a firm with 195 employees established in 2007.

According to local officials, the Jiangsu-based company mainly produced raw chemical materials, including anisole, a highly flammable compound.

Abandoned homes

The force of the explosion blew out windows and dented metal garage doors of buildings as far as four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the site, said AFP reporters at the scene.

Nearby residents -- many of them elderly -- have started sweeping up glass, and in some cases, seemed to have abandoned their homes entirely. Black smoke could still be seen rising from the chemical plant on Friday morning before dissipating.

On the road where Xiang lived, consisting of basic two-storey homes, almost all the windows and some window frames were blown in.

The woman was sitting at home when the explosion occurred and said the force rocked her house and badly damaged her front door.

There was no immediate government help, she said, and residents were clearing the street themselves.

Workers trapped

Images broadcast on local media showed how the blast toppled factory buildings, trapping workers inside. State broadcaster CCTV showed rescuers pulling a survivor from the wreckage.

Workers covered in blood were seen running out of the factory, said official news agency Xinhua on Thursday, citing witnesses.

An aerial view of the blast area showed a large swath of destruction in the industrial park, where multiple fires had initially raged.

Deadly industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced.

In November, a gas leak at a plant in the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics killed 24 people and injured 21 others.

A report published by local authorities last month revealed that the Chinese chemical firm responsible for the accident had concealed information and misled investigators.

In 2015, China saw one of its worst industrial accidents when giant chemical blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin killed at least 165 people.

The explosions caused more than $1 billion in damage and sparked widespread anger at a perceived lack of transparency over the accident's causes and its environmental impact.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 16, 2019 at 6:06pm


Fire burns out of control at Phillips 66 oil refinery in Carson

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 1:09AM
CARSON, Calif. (KABC) -- Firefighters battled a raging blaze at an oil refinery in Carson on Friday. 

Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the massive fire at about 7:20 p.m. at the Phillips 66 oil refinery in the 1500 block of E. Sepulveda Boulevard. 
Refinery officials told firefighters the blaze was a reported seal fire in a crude oil pump. 

L.A. County fire officials said the fire involved three of four crude oil pumps with flames in the seals. The pumps have been shut down. 

LACoFD Incident Alerts@lacfd

REFINERY FIRE | FS127 #Carson | 1520 E Sepulveda Blvd | UPDATE: BC7 is now in command. Fire involving 3 of 4 crude oil pumps with fire in the seals on the pumps. All units in offensive mode. Pumps have been shut down. No exposures to adjacent crude oil tanks. #PhillipsIC #LACoFD

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In addition to trying to put out the flames, extra attention had to be given to adjacent components. As the firefight continued, the blaze appeared to be contained to the origin of the fire. 

No injuries were reported, and no evacuations were put in place. 
After more than two hours, fire officials declared a knockdown shortly after 9:30 p.m. 

LACoFD Incident Alerts@lacfd

REFINERY FIRE | FS127 #Carson | 1520 E Sepulveda Blvd | UPDATE: Incident Commander declaring Knockdown on all active fire after 2 hours and 47 minutes. No injuries reported. #PhillipsIC #LACoFD

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After the knockdown, firefighters stayed on scene to try and cool things down. 

A hazmat team with the L.A. County Fire Department was called to determine the air quality in the area. 

No alerts were immediately sent from the city of Carson.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 8, 2019 at 5:49am


Witnesses recall refinery explosion: ‘It felt like there was an earthquake’

It’s a calm Thursday evening in Great Falls after an explosion and fire at the Calumet refinery.

Emergency crews were called to the refinery along 10th Street and Smelter Avenue at around 1:15 p.m. Responders worked for about three hours to put out two fires following the explosion.

Witness reactions flooded social media with firsthand accounts calling the immediate aftermath chaotic.

Ryan Johannesen was working at Mountain View Co-Op directly across the road from the refinery when he felt the explosion.

“It felt like there was an earthquake in the building,” he said. “The windows were rattling and stuff and I looked up and there were flames probably eighty feet in the air.”

Johannesen said he was afraid for the safety of anyone who might have been near the explosion.

“It scared me. I mean, that’s a pretty close call. It could have been a lot worse with the two gas stations. I’m just glad nobody got hurt,” he said.

Dawn Wood, owner of HCL Equipment and Country Boys Welding located along Old Havre Highway, told MTN News she was talking to her employees when they heard a loud boom.

“My front door, my office door, opened and closed and my dog started barking so I went out and I was looking,” she said. “I thought somebody hit my building with the car, but it wasn’t. I seen the smoke and the fire coming from the refinery and I was like, ‘Oh my god, the refinery’s exploded.’ I was terrified because I know what they make there.”

Calumet Montana Refining released a statement at 2:39 p.m. confirming all plant personnel were accounted for and no injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion is being investigated.

The Montana Department of Transportation reported all roads within a half-mile radius of the refinery were blocked during the incident. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, all roads were open.

Fire and police units cleared the scene around 4 p.m.

Both North Middle School and Sacajawea Elementary School were under a shelter in place during the incident.

Businesses close to the refinery were evacuated including the Montana Club, the Mountain View Co-Op stores, and the Great Falls Animal Shelter. Mountain View Co-Op employees were allowed back in the store around 4 p.m.

Responding agencies included Great Falls Fire Rescue, the Great Falls Police Department, the Montana Highway Patrol, and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.

We will update you with any new information.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 3, 2019 at 12:52am


More than 50 people missing after explosion in Nigeria

Dozens of people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria.

More than 50 people are feared missing following the blast, local officials said.

The Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, said that the blast caused a massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state.

The Nembe trunk line is operated by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group and carries crude to the Bonny export terminal.

Video from the scene shows a large blaze from the ruptured pipeline as villagers look on

One person can be heard in the background saying: "If they turn off the oil well from the station, the pressure inside the pipeline would reduce, causing the flame to burn out."

It is not immediately clear if the pipeline has been shut down. Aiteo is yet to comment on the explosion.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 2, 2019 at 6:45am


Scores ‘missing’ in Bayelsa gas explosion

Published Date Mar 2, 2019 4:46 AM

Some indigenes of Nembe communities including Nembe Creek 1, 2 and 3, Jalungo, Fatuo and Kalablomi are said to be missing when a gas exploded from the Nembe Creek Trunk, operated by Aiteo Company occurred early morning of Friday.

It was gathered that the explosion caused panic among the communities.

The incident, which occurred at about 4a.m. near Oil Well 7, sacked indigenes of the affected communities and many are reported missing including women and children.

According to a source, the company had shut the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) for emergency repairs following the detection of an oil leakage.

The spokesman of the Nembe Chiefs Council, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, confirmed the development and described it as massive destruction of the area with air and water heavily polluted.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 25, 2019 at 4:57am


Wellhead explosion seriously burns one person in southwest Wyoming

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