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 Tracie Crespo on August 2, 2014 at 4:27pm


Blast at China car parts plant kills 68, hurts 187

Medical personnel transport a victim to a hospital after an explosion at a factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, August 2, 2014.

BEIJING (AP) — Sixty-eight people were killed and nearly 200 others injured, most with severe burns, after an explosion Saturday at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors, officials said.

It was China's most serious industrial disaster since a fire at a poultry plant killed 119 people in June last year.

Saturday morning's explosion occurred when more than 200 workers were on the site of the factory, which is in an industrial zone in the city of Kunshan, officials from the city said at a news conference televised by state broadcaster CCTV. Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southeast of Beijing.

CCTV showed footage shot by residents of large plumes of thick, black smoke rising from the plant. Several firefighting trucks were shown in the factory compound. News websites posted photos showing survivors or those who were killed being lifted onto the back of large trucks, their bodies black, presumably from burns or soot.

Some survivors were seen sitting on wooden cargo platforms on the road outside the factory or being carried into ambulances, their clothes apparently burned off and their skin exposed.

The explosion occurred at 7:37 a.m. at a workshop in the factory, which polishes wheel hubs. Rescuers pulled out 44 bodies at the site, while 24 other people died at a hospital, officials said. At least 187 people were injured.

More than 120 of the injured were sent to hospitals in Kunshan and the nearby city of Suzhou. Burn experts from a Shanghai hospital arrived in Kunshan to help, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

A preliminary investigation showed that the blast was likely a dust explosion, Xinhua said.

The factory is operated by the Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Company, which according to its website was set up in 1998 and has a registered capital of $8.8 million. Its core business is electroplating aluminum alloy wheel hubs, and it supplies GM and other companies, the website said.

In a statement, GM confirmed that Zhongrong is part of its network of suppliers. "We can confirm Zhongrong is a supplier to GM's global supplier Dicastal," the statement said.

Police took away five senior Zhongrong executives to assist in the investigation, officials said, without providing details.

A woman who answered the main phone line at the Zhongrong metal company said it is a Taiwanese enterprise. She refused to give her name, any other information or the contact numbers of company staffers handling the case.

Calls to the city's government and police rang unanswered.

A dust explosion is caused by the fast combustion of particles suspended in air in an enclosed space. The particles could include dust or powdered metals such as aluminum. They would have to come into contact with a spark, such as fire, an overheated surface or electrical discharge from machinery.

Workplace safety is a major problem in China, where safety regulations are often ignored and enforcement can be lax. In June 2013, 119 workers were killed when a fire raced through a chicken processing room at a poultry plant in the northern province of Jilin. The fire appeared to have been sparked by an explosion caused by leaking ammonia, officials said.

Sixty-two people were killed and scores injured in the eastern port city of Qingdao in November when a pipeline exploded. Investigators said the blast was caused by sparks from a jackhammer being used to repair a manhole cover following an oil leak.

AP 3 hr ago By GILLIAN WONG of Associated Press

Comment by bill on August 1, 2014 at 2:16am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2014 at 9:56pm


5 dead, over 200 injured as multiple gas explosions hit Taiwan city

A blast rips through the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan early on August 1, 2014. (AFP Photo / Stringer)

According to witnesses, gas leaks began at around 9:00 p.m. local time. The leaking gas formed a white fog, which then ignited leading to big explosions on several streets, China’s Central News Agency reported.

"I saw fire spurting, ripping off some covers of ditches. It was terrifying," a witness told CNA.

Some witnesses told the agency they first thought some "poisonous gas" had leaked from the old railway and a construction site of Kaohsiung's light rapid transit system.

Others reported that the whole street was strewn with bodies, as the sky turned red from the flames.

At least 5 people were killed and 207 taken to hospital following the blasts, Taiwan's United Daily News newspaper said.

The number of those injured is expected to rise, the Fire Department said.

Many others were taken to schools across the city to take shelter.

The blasts which hit Kaisuan Road and Ersheng Road were felt in at least four areas in the port-city of Kaohsiung, which is home to over 2.7 million people, most of them Chinese.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 30, 2014 at 11:54pm


Two explosions precede shutdown at Zawia power station

By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab

Tripoli, 30 July 2014:

Across Tripoli during the night two violent explosions were heard just before General Electricity Company of Libya’s (GECOL) station west of Zawia temporarily shutdown.

“There was a loud explosion around 2 am, followed soon after by another. Then the power went out,”one resident of Janzour told the Libya Herald.  Power was knocked out from Tajoura, east of Tripoli, to Zuwara, 130 km away, from around 2 am until just after dawn this morning.

The Ministry of Oil and Gas, on its social media site, said simply that there was a “problem” at the Zawia power station that led to a complete shut down. Repairs were made and power returned after about five hours.  It did not explain the sound of the explosion.

Elsewhere, frustrations continue to mount about prolonged power outages. In Ain Zara today, residents blockaded streets with burning tyres because they had been without power for 24 hours.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 15, 2014 at 2:51am


Power Plant Explosion in Puerto Rico kills one, three wounded

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 13, 2014 at 6:16am


Three killed, eight injured in İstanbul gas explosion

Three killed, eight injured in İstanbul gas explosion

Firefighters try to extinguish fire after a blast in İstanbul. (Photo: Cihan)

July 12, 2014, Saturday/ 22:48:01/ REUTERS / ISTANBUL

Three persons were killed and eight were injured, one critically, in a gas explosion at a packaging workshop in İstanbul on Saturday, local media reported.

"It's not certain whether one person remains under the debris. Rescue teams are searching meticulously," İstanbul police chief Selami Altınok told reporters at the blast site.

Rescue teams dug bodies from the debris some seven hours after the explosion, media reports said.

The accident was caused by either a gas leak or an exploding gas canister, İstanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said, ruling out the possibility of a terrorist attack.

On Friday, one person died and 36 were injured in a gas explosion at a bakery in the city of Denizli, southwestern Turkey, the disaster management agency said. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2014 at 10:01pm


Fire crews called after explosion at electricity substation in Millstone Lane, Leicester

By Leicester Mercury  |  Posted: July 11, 2014

By Samantha Fisher

The five-storey building in Millstone Lane, Leicester, after the blast

The five-storey building in Millstone Lane, Leicester, after the blast

A second substation has exploded in Leicester in the space of 11 days.

The blast happened at about 10pm yesterday in Millstone Lane, in the city centre, wiping out power to 260 nearby properties.

The explosion followed a similar incident at a substation in Sanvey Gate, off St Margaret’s Way in the city, on Monday, June 30.

In both cases, the blast was due to an electrical fault.

However, Western Power Distribution said it did not think the two explosions were linked.

The substation in the latest incident is on the ground floor of a five-storey disused office block, opposite the Criterion pub.

The explosion blew a window and a piece of metal grating out of the building, and caused smoke damage to the facade.

Mark Etchells, 27, was working in the Spar shop opposite the substation when the blast happened.

He said: “I was serving a customer then all of a sudden we heard a large bang. We went to the door and the building opposite us was ablaze.

“I could see a huge amount of smoke coming out of one side.”

He said metal grating, about 3m x 4m, had shot out of the building.

Mark, who lives in the city centre, added: “For about five or 10 minutes a bright orange glow was coming out of the building.

“It was getting choky with all of the smoke around. It was like a burning plastic smell, really thick, and it was really hard to breathe. I tried to hold my breath.”

He said that when the police arrived, the building he was in was evacuated.

Criterion pub manager Russell Hunt said that at about 10pm, all the power in his building cut out.

“It sounded like something was winding down, like a system was going down,” he said.

“The first thing we saw was the smoke. We had to evacuate everyone - we had 30 or 40 people to get out.

“It looked quite serious. My main concern was getting everyone out of the building.”

The blast happened on the opposite side of the building to the one which faces the Criterion.

“There was no heat from this side,” said Russell. “But a couple of hours later you could still smell the traces - it was an electrical smell, rather than burning. It was very much the smell of electrical damage.”

He said that when emergency services arrived, the area around the building was cordoned off.

”The streets were full of residents who had been in their accommodation with no power,” said Russell.

“It was quite disconcerting to have no street lights, no traffic lights and all the buildings out.”

As spokesman from Western Power said: “The cause of the incident is being investigated, but it is believed that it was caused by the failure of a cable component in the substation.

“It is not thought to be linked to the incident a couple of weeks ago.”

The company’s engineers worked to re-route the supply and 50 minutes after the explosion had happened 130 buildings had power restored.

The remaining buildings, as well as the traffic lights on Vaughan Way, had their power back by 5am, supplied by a generator.

“Our engineers worked through the night to restore power supplies to those affected as quickly as possible and to minimise disruption, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“We have around 1,100 substations across Leicester - all of which are covered by a regular programme of inspection and maintenance.

“The equipment at the substation in Millstone Lane had been inspected within the last 12 months as part of our routine programme and no problems were identified.

“Once the outcome of the investigation is known, we will be able to determine whether any further actions are required.”

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2014 at 11:17am


Several injured as gas leak triggers blast in western Turkish city

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 8, 2014 at 8:14am


July 8 2014 03:58am

Gas pipeline explosion injures six in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: At least six people were injured as a gas pipeline at the Laraib Inn hotel located in G-9 Markaz, Islamabad, exploded early on Tuesday morning, Express News reported.

According to initial reports, leakage from a gas pipeline at the hotel led to the explosion.

Bomb Disposal Squad was rushed to the site soon after the explosion to inspect and investigate the cause of the blast. An official who inspected the site said “no traces of gunpowder were found.”

The injured were shifted to PIMS hospital for treatment.

Rescue efforts are under way.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 6, 2014 at 6:34am


State media: 17 miners trapped underground after gas explosion in western China mine

July 05, 2014 - 11:55 pm EDT

BEIJING — Rescuers on Sunday worked to free 17 miners trapped following a gas explosion at a coal mine in western China, the country's official news agency reported.

The blast at the mine 120 kilometers (70 miles) from Urumqi, the capital of the sprawling Xinjiang region, happened on Saturday evening, according to the Xinhua News Agency. It said three other people working inside the mine at the time had been rescued.

China has the world's deadliest mines, although the safety record has been improving in recent years as regulators have strengthened enforcement of safety rules.

Xinhua said the pit is mined by Dahuangshan Yuxin Coal Mining Co. Ltd., owned by the sixth agricultural division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. It is a paramilitary organization that was revived by the central government in the 1980s to aid the region's construction and development.

Calls to the organization rang unanswered on Sunday. A duty officer at Xinjiang work safety bureau said he had no information about the incident.



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