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 14, 2015 at 7:24pm


Oil Depot Explosion Kills 4 in Tajikistan

Oil Depot Explosion Kills 4 in Tajikistan

An oil tank exploded on October 13, 2015 outside the capital Dushanbe, killing four.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan:  An explosion at an oil storage facility used by the local arm of Russia's Gazprom in Tajikistan killed four people and injured several others, authorities in the ex-Soviet country said today.

The tank at the oil depot just outside the capital Dushanbe exploded on Tuesday evening due to a failure to observe safety norms during welding work, the interior ministry said.

Officials said several people were hospitalised but did not immediately provide other details.

The depot is used by the local branch of GazpromNeft, the oil arm of Russian gas producer Gazprom, to store fuel.

Tajikistan, a mountainous, landlocked country which borders war-torn Afghanistan to its south and China to its east, depends on Russia for the bulk of its fuel imports.

Story First Published: October 14, 2015 13:34 IST
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 12, 2015 at 7:47pm


One dead, seven injured after explosions at Jurong factory

SINGAPORE —  A laboratory fire today (Oct 12) caused multiple explosions at the factory of a gas manufacturing firm in the Jurong industrial area, killing a 30-year-old chemist and injuring seven others including four members of the company’s emergency response team. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated. Explosions were first heard at 9.20am at Leeden National Oxygen’s premises along Tanjong Kling Road.

The company immediately sent the emergency response team of 10 members to help contain the fire before fire-fighters from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived soon after. 

A laboratory measuring 5m by 7m was engulfed in flames, said the SCDF, which deployed four water jets to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to the flammable cylinders storage area about 300m away. The fire was put out more than three hours later, at about 1pm. 

The worker who died was a mother of one who had worked for the company for about a year. She came from Malaysia and had obtained Singapore citizenship recently. When the explosions happened, she was in the laboratory with three others. 

The facility is used to conduct a wide range of activities, such as analysing, testing, calibrating and mixing of gases, said Leeden National Oxygen chairman and chief executive officer Steven Tham, 64.

Among the three workers who were in the laboratory and survived the blaze, one suffered from temporary loss of hearing and has been discharged from the National University Hospital (NUH). The other two were hospitalised at NUH for eye and ear injuries respectively.

The four rescuers suffered injuries such as smoke inhalation, lacerations and hand burns. Two of them have been discharged from Ng Teng Fong Hospital, while the other two were warded at NUH.

Speaking to reporters at NUH after visiting the hospitalised workers, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said: “We are going to conduct a very thorough investigation to find out the cause of this accident, draw lessons from it, and then take the necessary precautionary measures — if need be, new measures — to prevent this from happening again.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 12, 2015 at 7:42pm


14 Students Among 17 Killed in Anhui Restaurant Blasts

Fourteen students were among the 17 dead from a liquefied gas explosion in a restaurant in eastern China's Anhui Province on Saturday, local authorities said.

The students, aged 15 to 20, were from nearby schools, the local government told the press on Sunday.

Three other men aged between 33 and 59, including a father and his son, were also killed. Carbon monoxide poisoning was said to be the cause for most of the fatalities.

According to initial investigation, a leaking gas cylinder in a private restaurant, located on the first floor in a six-storey building in Jinghu District of Wuhu City, had triggered the explosion before noon on Saturday.

"When the fire broke out, people from nearby restaurants rushed to the scene and used fire extinguishers to try and put it out," a restaurant worker near the site of the explosions was quoted by the U.K.-based Guardian newspaper on Sunday. "But there was a lot of smoke and it was quite fierce and already blocked the door."

Officials said that the fire was put out in about half an hour, with more than 30 firefighters involved in the rescue efforts.

The owner of the restaurant, Zhang Baoping, a 38-year-old man from neighboring Hanshan County, has been put under police investigation.

The restaurant opened in August without an official license, according to authorities.

Zhang said that he and his wife rented the restaurant space to sell fried noodles and other snacks.

When the accident happened, he tried to put out the fire with water and a fire extinguisher, but the blast came shortly after. Both he and his wife were injured.

The local government said that further investigation of the accident is still underway.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 10, 2015 at 6:15am


Police respond to structure explosion in north Tulsa

6:48 PM, Oct 9, 2015

TULSA - Fire and natural gas officials investigating after a building exploded in north Tulsa, Friday evening. 

Witnesses say the building near 11th Street and N. Utica Avenue was engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds.

"The flames were just so big. They were all over the house and I was terrified..." said Tracy Wilson, who was driving her medical services van at the time. Wilson says there were two explosions.

The fire burned for over an hour as firefighters worked to restore any part of the structure possible. City crews assisted in hauling off the debris created by the blast.

Officials say no one was injured. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 9, 2015 at 5:31am


Six workers injured in electrical explosion at Washington state dam

Published October 09, 2015


This undated photo shows the Priest Rapids Dam near Mattawa, Wash. (Grant Public Utility District)

Six utility workers were injured in an electrical explosion at a dam in central Washington state Thursday.

Grant Public Utility District spokesman Thomas Stredwick told the Associated Press the structure of the Priest Rapids Dam is stable and no residents are at risk.

Multiple agencies responded to the incident including the Hanford Fire Department. The Grant County Sheriff's Office told the Tri-City Herald the incident occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. local time.

The dam is located on the Columbia River near Mattawa, Wash., about 60 miles east of Yakima.

The six have various levels of injuries with some flown to hospitals and others transported by ambulance. Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says the Seattle hospital is expecting two people from the explosion to arrive there for treatment.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 9, 2015 at 3:26am

State police: Explosion and fire erupt at south Louisiana gas facility; 3 workers killed
October 8, 2015 — 6:20pm

GIBSON, La. — An explosion at a Louisiana natural gas facility Thursday left three workers dead and two seriously injured, police said.

The explosion happened about 11 a.m. at a facility owned by the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of major natural gas supplier Williams Partners, authorities said. The facility is located on a small highway near the oil and gas city of Houma.

The workers killed and injured were contractors doing maintenance work when the explosion occurred, Williams Partners said in a statement. The names of the victims and the company or companies they worked for were not released immediately. Williams Partners said its 13 workers at the facility were unharmed.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Williams operations manager Warren Toups.

In the statement, Williams Partners said the facility was shut down and no gas was flowing through its pipeline at the time of the explosion. The company said service to its customers had not been interrupted.

The bodies of the three workers were found following the explosion, said state police Trooper Evan Harrell. Black smoke billowed from the facility hours after the explosion. Officials said the smoke posed no health risks, and no evacuations were ordered.

The company said the maintenance work involved a "slug catcher," a tank designed to separate liquids and impurities from the natural gas stream.

Comment by M. Difato on October 4, 2015 at 4:43pm

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement calling the explosion the latest in a "disturbing trend" after deadly gas explosions in Harlem and the East Village. 

 Oct 3,2015 Explosion and Fire in Borough Park Kills One, Injures Three

Mayor de Blasio said Saturday that officials suspect a gas explosion killed one person and injured three others in Brooklyn.

More than 200 firefighters were at the scene of the explosion, a three-story building in the Borough Park neighborhood, Saturday evening.

De Blasio said the incident "shows some signs of being gas-related."

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the explosion apparently happened after a stove was disconnected. The front of the building was blown into the street.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement calling the explosion the latest in a "disturbing trend" after deadly gas explosions in Harlem and the East Village. He said he's directing the State Department of Public Service to undertake an investigation into the cause.

Mayor de Blasio, however, said that the city will take the lead.

"We're always willing to work with other agencies as well, in collaboration, we've done that in the past," he said. "But the facts are going to be determined by the FDNY and NYPD."

Officials say the woman who died was in her 60s and was living in a third-floor apartment in the building. Two men and a 10-year-old boy walking by were injured. Their injuries are considered not life-threatening.

Source: http://www.wnyc.org/story/explosion-and-fire-borough-park-kills-one...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 3, 2015 at 8:45pm


1 dead, 3 hurt after major gas explosion in Borough Park, blaze grows to 3 alarm fire: FDNY

Posted 1:17 PM, October 3, 2015

One user tweeted this photo of the explosion near Greenwood Cemetery. (Farevaag via Twitter)

One user tweeted this photo of the explosion near Greenwood Cemetery. (Farevaag via Twitter)

BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — FDNY is on the scene of a major gas explosion at 13 Avenue and 43 Street in Borough Park.

At 2:30 p.m., FDNY announced the blaze had grown to a three alarm fire.The explosion was at a multiple dwelling, three-story building.

FDNY reports one person was killed in the blast, and three people were injured.

A source at the scene tells PIX11 two civilians, father and son, were hit by a falling piece of the building and were transported to Maimonides Medical Center by Hatzolah ambulances. According to reports, a firefighter is also being treated for a minor injury.

First responders are trying to determine if anyone is unaccounted for, though they are unable to do complete searches due to fire conditions and the building’s instability. Adjacent buildings have been searched to find no one was inside.

NYC Emergency Management is directing people to avoid the area and to expect smoke and delays. They recommend residents close windows and avoid the smoke as much as possible.

Comment by Kris H on October 2, 2015 at 7:32pm
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 24, 2015 at 4:23am


Multiple homes damaged after reported explosion, fire in Columbia, Md.

WASHINGTON — At least one person has been injured in a reported explosion Wednesday night in Columbia, Maryland, that sparked a fire at multiple townhouses.

Crews were called to the scene around 8 p.m. along the 12000 block of Sleepy Horse Lane, near Little Patuxent Parkway. According to Howard County Fire and EMS, witnesses reported hearing an explosion.

When crews arrived, a townhouse was fully engulfed in flames, and the 3-alarm fire spread to neighboring homes.

One Baltimore Gas and Electric employee was injured, though it is unclear exactly where the employee was at the time. At least one person was also rescued from a neighboring home.

Fire officials say two people were transported to a hospital from the scene, and multiple residents were being evaluated for smoke inhalation.

WTOP’s Ari Ashe reports at least four townhouses were damaged.

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