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 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

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 25, 2011 at 5:21pm



Gas leak disruption stretches to hospitals

Published: 7:47PM Tuesday October 25, 2011 

  • Gas leak disruption stretches to hospitals (Source: Thinkstock )
    Hospital bed - Source: Thinkstock

The impact of a gas leak in Taranaki is beginning to hit North Island hospitals.

The gas line which links the Maui gas field to the upper North Island closed this morning after gas began escaping from the pipeline in north Taranaki.

While residential gas users in the areas north of King Country and in the Bay of Plenty are not affected, some of the country's biggest industrial giants, such as Fonterra, Fletcher Building, Auckland District Health Board, and now Waikato District Health Board, are.

Waikato DHB has issued a call for its hospitals to ration laundry supplies due to their Waikato contractor being forced to curtail gas use because of the leak.

The Waikato contractor also services Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs. Auckland DHB has already cease its laundry operations.

An emergency management team has been put in place, and patients coming into Waikato hospitals are being asked to bring their own named pyjamas, nighties, towels and facecloths.

The hospital campus' usual launder service, Spotless Facility Services, will be working around the clock and only focusing on essential items, such as sterile supplies and scrubs, sheets, pillowcases, blankets and linen bags.

Wards are also being encouraged to use disposable cloths and nappies.

Vector has said that it will be midday Wednesday before it can start excavating around the site of a gas leak.

A further team of geotech experts are currently heading to White Cliffs north of New Plymouth, where the leak occurred, to survey the site before any digging can begin to make repairs.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 24, 2011 at 1:06am


House explosion at Buder and Saginaw street in Burton

House explosion at Buder and Saginaw street in Burton

Saturday, October 22, 2011 6:07 PM

Sean Ryan | The Flint Journal Neighbors look on as the Burton Fire department responds to a house explosion at the corner of Buder street and South Saginaw street in Burton Saturday afternoon. The house exploded sending debris down the block and into the near-by trees, the cause of the explosion is suspected to be a gas leak.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 24, 2011 at 1:05am


Huge gas leak triggers explosion

Firefighters yesterday at the site of the leak.

Three workers of the Metrogas company and a city official were injured yesterday in an explosion caused by a gas leak in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Belgrano, where neighbours had to be evacuated on Thursday night.

Police said a mechanical digger working in a construction site at the intersection of Monroe and Vidal streets broke a major natural gas pipe on Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, a similar incident took place only 10 blocks away in another construction site located in 2800 Arcos street. While Metrogas stated the company was not responsible for monitoring the construction sites, watchdog Enargas opened an investigation to determine who is to blame for the broken pipes.

In other news, a fire broke out yesterday in a paint and plastics factory located in the Greater Buenos Aires district of Caseros. Twenty firefighting teams put out the fire, which caused no victims.

Herald staff with news agencies

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 24, 2011 at 1:04am

Gas explosion destroys southern Kalispell home


Neighbors felt their houses shake as an enormous gas explosion blew apart a house on the south side of Kalispell Saturday.

No one was hurt in the noon explosion that buckled the walls, the garage door and collapsed the roof at the rear of the house at 2358 Coot Court. Nearby homes were rained with insulation, and a subsequent fire that put off a column of black smoke melted the siding of a neighboring home.

“We felt it,” said Rick Wills, who lives less than a block away. “I thought it happened in my back yard. I could see flames. You could see the walls were folded out. The roof was gone. It was huge. It was a big boom.”

“It was a scary, big noise,” said neighbor Pat Fleming.

Her husband, Robert Fleming, said he was looking out a picture window at their home when he saw a flash and heard the noise. He said his house and yard were covered in insulation.

The explosion and fire and large response of Kalispell Fire Department, South Kalispell Fire Department, the Whitefish Fire Department, Evergreen Fire and Rescue and the Smith Valley Fire Department attracted dozens of onlookers, some who were hopeful that no one was inside because there was no vehicle in the garage.

 “No one was home at the time of the explosion,” said Kalispell Fire Chief Dave Dedman. “We have confirmation the husband is hunting.”

And evidently, the wife was away when it happened but was in the vicinity of the home afterwards.

“I don’t know if she came home to it or what,” Dedman said.

When firefighters arrived they could not immediately approach the home because the gas was still turned on, and the gas meter at the rear of the home was ruptured and spewing flames.

“There was a large amount of fire coming from that,” Dedman said, adding that once the gas was turned off, firefighters were able to move in and knock down the fire.

Northwest Energy personnel were on the scene monitoring for leaks that might threaten other homes. Dedman said the area appeared to be secure, and the cause of the gas leak wasn’t immediately known.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 24, 2011 at 12:51am

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 24, 2011 at 12:50am


Fire destroys St. Stephen AME Church
Published Sunday, October 23, 2011 9:11 AM
The flames had already caused part of the church to collapse before firefighters arrived.


Members held an impromptu prayer service outside the leveled church Sunday morning

The congregation of St. Stephen AME Church was expecting to attend a service today honoring their stewards and trustees today.

Instead, they were awakened by the news that their historic church was fully engulfed in flames.

The fire at the historic church — pastored by State Rep. Carl Anderson — was reported at around 7 a.m. after nearby residents reported hearing a loud explosion.

Darrin Lawyer, a member of the church who lives across Winyah Street, said he called 911.

“I heard a boom that sounded like a car explosion,” he said. “I looked outside and the whole street was orange.”

Assistant Fire Chief Bill Johnson said the cause of the fire is unknown and the investigation has been turned over to the Georgetown Police Department.

Johnson said it will be up to police to determine if the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division needs to be called in to expand the investigati

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