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 January 10, 2016 at 4:55pm


Relentless fire destroys Old Market landmark

UPDATED 7:35 AM CST Jan 10, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. —Sunday morning,  Omaha firefighters continued to pour water on the skeleton of the building at 11th and Howard where an explosion and fire destroyed M's Pub, Nouvelle Eve, and the condos above the businesses in Omaha's historic Old Market.

The iconic awnings were caked white icicles and the heart of the Old Market was off limits to everyone except firefighters and city crews trying to manage the ice in temperatures below zero.

The explosion took place at 2:51 p.m. Saturday, shattering windows of M's Pub and sending  a column of flames up from the basement access area next to the front patio.

Several people had just reported the strong smell of natural gas in the area.

At least one person was taken to the hospital with injuries; others scrambled to safety.

"It was... I've never experienced anything like it before. It sounded like sometimes when a transformer will go off, there's that big boom. I've never been inside a building where the walls shook like that, so it was kind of scary," said Pam King, who works in the Old Market.

A manager at M's Pub told KETV NewsWatch 7 that crews working to install fiber optic cable might have ruptured a gas line.

The manager said everyone in restaurant made it out safely. He also said he never witnessed flames inside the restaurant.

Neighbors next door heard the explosion and windows shattering on the outside of building.

"You could still smell a very strong smell of gas which was about a block-and-a-half away, about 100 yards down from M's Pub. You could see people running away, and the gas was flaring the flames in front of M's Pub," nearby resident Tom Fennell said.

The resulting fire raged through the evening, breaking through the roof nearly four hours after it started.  Shortly after 8:00 p.m. firefighters were told to stay clear of the "collapse zone".  After 11:00 p.m., floors in the historic building could be heard crashing to the ground, but the facade remained standing at daybreak Sunday.

Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said the fire thrived on all the wood in the historic building, and spread quickly through voids and open spaces between walls in the condos above the restaurant.

The smoke could be seen from blocks away of the haze rising over the Omaha skyline.


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The condos above the M's Pub are a total loss, and the American Red Cross was providing assistance for displaced residents to find shelter.

Late Saturday night, authorities shut down several Old Market streets entirely.

"Officers are closing Howard and Harney Streets from 13th to 10th Streets. 11th Street from Farnam to Jackson Street is closed to ALL traffic. No foot traffic will be allowed in the area," The Omaha Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page.

Firefighters called MUD to shut off gas service to the area.

Chief Kanger also said due to weather conditions, pumps had started to freeze and water was puddling on the ground.   Sunday morning, firefighters routinely had to hack hoses free of the ice that froze them to the ground.

At one point, fire crews said three feet of water had puddled in the basement, preventing OFD recon teams from accessing upper-floors of building to the west of original fire scene.

"What I can report is we've evacuated all of the exposure buildings, we have a defensive perimeter set up around M's Pub, so we believe that the fire will be contained to the area that it's located," Kanger said.

They called a third alarm shortly before 7:30 p.m. as the fire continued to burn and temperatures hovered below 10 degrees.

M’s Pub is one of the cornerstone businesses in Omaha’s Old Market.

The restaurant opened in 1973. Just a few years later developer Sam Mercer launched the "Old Market" concept.

The building housing M’s Pub was built in the 1900s. The Old Market area was the hub of wholesale and distribution businesses for 80 years before its transformation to the district it is today.

The damage to M's Pub and the building it calls home leaves many people emotional about the possible loss.

"My heart goes out to the owners and the employees who had to go through it today, the other employees who know the effects of what's going to happen," said Angelina Mangiamelli, an employee at M's Pub.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 10, 2016 at 5:04am


Fire caused by ruptured gas line leads to evacuations in Franklin

Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2016 5:48 pm | Updated: 8:24 pm, Sat Jan 9, 2016.

A fire caused by a gas line rupture is burning in Franklin, causing residents of the surrounding area to evacuate their homes, officials said.

Firefighters and first responders from several emergency services in Roberston County responded to a blaze in Franklin early Saturday afternoon. A 30-inch gas line ruptured and exploded off James Cemetery Road in Franklin, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak said.

No injuries or fatalities have been reported, though Yezak said residents living along James Cemetery Road are being evacuated for their personal safety.

Firefighters from Franklin and Wheelock have the blaze contained to the site of the explosion, Yezak said.

At 8:15 p.m., the sheriff's office said the fire at the explosion site was out, but fire crews were battling a large grass fire in the area.

Comment by KM on January 7, 2016 at 1:50pm


Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon gas leak is declared a state of emergency by California Governor Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over a large Southern California gas leak in Los Angeles County, which has led to months of protests and the displacement of thousands of families.
Governor Brown made the declaration on Wednesday, which will make more resources available for dealing with the leak at Porter Ranch, which is within LA County.
In the press release announcing the state of emergency, Brown's office said the order has come due to the "prolonged and continuing duration of the Aliso Canyon gas leak."
The leak at the Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon storage field, which began on October 23, has steadily leaked 62 million cubic feet of methane into the air daily, according to an estimate by the Environmental Defense Fund.
The proclamation calls for the SoCal Gas to maximize the amount of natural gas being removed from the facility, capture leaks while relief wells are being built, and to identify how the company will stop the leak if relief wells don't seal the problem, or if the existing leak gets worse.
Since the leak was first noticed by workers at Aliso Canyon, repeated attempts to fix the leak were unsuccessful, leaving gas billowing downhill into Porter Ranch, a commuter residential area. Governor Brown's proclamation calls for the gas company to stop the leak, protect public safety, ensure accountability and strengthen oversight of gas storage facilities.
The proclamation also states that the California Public Utilities Commission will make sure SoCal Gas covers costs related to both the leak and its response, while protecting the company's own ratepayers.
Governor Brown met with Porter Ranch residents and toured the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility earlier this week.
In December, an LA city court ordered SoCal Gas to provide temporary housing for thousands of Porter Ranch residents sick from inhaling gas fumes from the leak for over two months.
The court order was intended to provide relief to more than 2,500 families waiting to be relocated since October 23.
The gas company had already paid for housing for more than 2,000 other households, according to the Los Angeles Times.
There are an estimated 30,000 residents living in Porter Ranch.
During the course of the leaks, thousands of complaints of headaches, nausea and nosebleeds were made to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
LA Weekly reported that the well was drilled in 1953 and was designed with a sub-surface safety valve over 8,000 feet underground.
The valve broke and was removed in 1979 and never replaced. SoCal has said it will take until March for them to drill a relief well to resolve the problem and cap the current well.
Comment by Yvonne Lawson on January 6, 2016 at 9:07am

Man dies after explosion and fire at Wolverhampton (UK) house

A man has died after a major explosion and fire at a home in Wolverhampton this afternoon.

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Emergency services were called at 3.16pm to the detached property on Rylands Drive, off Mount Road, Penn, where flames spread from the first floor into the roof.

The victim was confirmed dead at the scene, which is the second house explosion in the area within a few days.

Police said they were not treating today's tragedy as suspicious. Neighbours spoke of a large explosion, and said they had seen DIY being carried out by the householder earlier in the day.

Thirteen firefighters from Fallings Park and Tettenhall were at the scene, along with the air ambulance, police and National Grid.

It is currently unknown what started the blaze, but firefighters confirmed that a gas explosion was not the cause.

West Midlands Police spokesman Lee Page said: "We are currently supporting West Midlands Fire Service at the scene of an explosion at a property on Rylands Drive, Penn, Wolverhampton, which was reported at around 3.25pm today.

"The road is currently cordoned off by officers. We have no further information at this stage."

West Midlands Ambulance spokesman Chris Kowalik said: “Wearing personal protective clothing and using breathing apparatus, the Hazardous Area Response Team entered the building with the fire service where they found the body of a man. He was confirmed dead at the scene.”

The scene is not far from Penn Road, where a house was demolished in a gas explosion last week.

This evening, residents were being allowed back into their homes as they spoke of their shock at the tragedy.

One woman described seeing some coming from the roof of the house, before a large number of police cars arrived to seal the road off.

Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/emergency-services/2016/01/05/ex...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 6, 2016 at 8:02am

Residents evacuated as landslide ruptures gas main and closes road


6 January 2016 at 5:35am

Residents were evacuated from their home last night after part of it collapsed in a landslide, ruptured a gas main and closed part of the road from Gorey to Anne Port.

The collapse caused extensive damage to the garage below, and fractured the gas supply pipework.

While the slippage isn't blocking the road, Transport and Technical Services are worried it could slide further and into traffic.

The road has been closed from the junction of Mont de la Guerande by The Crab Shack to the junction with Les Charriers d’Anneport by the former Jeffery’s Leap tearoom.

The occupants were evacuated and the area was cordoned off while an inspection was carried out by Fire Service personnel and TTS.

Jersey Gas were then able to isolate its supply to the property, however parts of the building and surrounding area remain unstable.

A diversion around the area has been put in place, but the road may remain closed for several days whilst engineers assess the damage, and risk of further slippage.

Access will only allowed to adjacent properties. Motorists are asked to find alternative routes around the diversion for the next few days.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 4, 2016 at 1:03am


Hundreds evacuated overnight as ‘huge’ London gas leak caused 'deafening noise'

MORE than 500 people were forced out of their homes overnight in London after a “serious” gas leak threatened a massive explosion.

PUBLISHED: 11:37, Sun, Jan 3, 2016 | UPDATED: 12:03, Sun, Jan 3, 2016
Police rushed to the scene in south London after what they described as a “major” gas leak put residents at risk.

Families were terrified just after 10:30pm after the gas leak sparked a "deafening noise".
All three emergency services and the Red Cross were called to Penge in Bromley last night following the leak.

Residents were moved to four reception centres in a major evacuation, but some have already started to return home while others have moved into hotels.

Road closures were also put in place as a cordon was set up around the site.

Gas engineers remain at the scene.
All three emergency services and the Red Cross were called to Penge in Bromley last night following the leak.

Residents were moved to four reception centres in a major evacuation, but some have already started to return home while others have moved into hotels.

Police then released a video of the gas leak, tweeting: ”The noise was overwhelming. Settling down now.”

The police service added that "community spirit was pulling through" in Penge
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2016 at 11:13pm



House Explodes, Forces Evacuations In NW OKC

Posted: Jan 02, 2016 8:34 AM EST Updated: Jan 02, 2016 2:49 PM EST

An explosion near 122nd and Rockwell has destroyed at least one home, and someone was inside the house at the time.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department said just after 3:15 a.m., they responded to a reported explosion at 12409 Whispering Hollow Drive.

“We've had reports when this came in that people felt it more than two miles away. So it was a significant explosion,” OCFD Chief Benny Fulkerson said Saturday morning.

“We've had reports when this came in that people felt it more than two miles away. So it was a significant explosion,” OCFD Chief Benny Fulkerson said Saturday morning.

Authorities say an ONG crew was working on a gas meter when it caught fire. Crew members were about to evacuate the homeowner when the house exploded. The home has been completely destroyed.

The homeowner told first responders he was blown out of bed. He suffered injuries and burns, and has been transported to a local hospital.

Two others in the area were also transported to the hospital for breathing problems. No word yet on their condition.

OKCFD evacuated eight homes with a total of 24 people.


An explosion near 122nd and Rockwell has destroyed at least one home, and someone was inside the house at the time.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department said just after 3:15 a.m., they responded to a reported explosion at 12409 Whispering Hollow Drive.

“We've had reports when this came in that people felt it more than two miles away. So it was a significant explosion,” OCFD Chief Benny Fulkerson said Saturday morning.

Authorities say an ONG crew was working on a gas meter when it caught fire. Crew members were about to evacuate the homeowner when the house exploded. The home has been completely destroyed.

The homeowner told first responders he was blown out of bed. He suffered injuries and burns, and has been transported to a local hospital.

Two others in the area were also transported to the hospital for breathing problems. No word yet on their condition.

OKCFD evacuated eight homes with a total of 24 people.

“We searched many of the houses in the immediate area to make sure everybody was ok,” Fulkerson said. “Everybody was and everybody was accounted for.”

Two homes adjacent to the original explosion have extensive damage. And numerous homes in the area have soffit hanging, holes in the portions of the exterior, and garage doors pushed in. Vehicles in the street are reported to have glass damage.

“I got some windows busted out. The doors look like they've been kicked in, garage door,” Neighbor Michael Palmer said. “Everything that was in the attic above the garage is now on the garage floor.”

Palmer lives across the street from the now destroyed house. He said it wasn’t the blast that woke him, but his pictures being knocked off the walls. Palmer said he rushed to what was left of a broken window and saw his neighbor’s house burning.

Neighbors claimed they smelled gas on Friday and ONG crews had been checking for the source. News 9 reached out to ONG but had not received a response to back up those claims.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 1, 2016 at 5:38pm


Major gas pipeline explodes in Ukraine's Transcarpathian region

In this Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 file photo, a gas pressure gauge on the main gas pipeline from Russia, in the village of Boyarka near the capital Kyiv, Ukraine (AP)

The pipeline is carrying Russian natural gas to Europe

An explosion ripped through a natural gas pipeline in western Ukraine's Transcarpathian region on Friday, January 1st.

Local emergency crew recorded an underground depressurisation of a pipe in the Khust district at about 10 a.m. in the morning and shortly afterwards the gas reached the surface and flamed up.

A plume of fire reached 50 meters high and was seen from several surrounding villages. Nobody was killed or injured as a result of the incident.

Watch also Tusk pours cold water on Russia's Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline plan

The cross-country pipeline system "Soyuz" (Union) is transporting Russian natural gas to the EU countries, but local authorities have already assured that no European supplies would be affected.

At the moment emergency crews are waiting for the remaining gas to burn out to start the repair works. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on December 28, 2015 at 12:41pm

Woman trapped as suspected gas explosion completely destroys home

House on Penn Road, Wolverhampton which has been destroyed in an explosion

West Midlands Ambulance / SWNS

An elderly woman had a miracle escape this morning after a suspected gas explosion reduced her detached house to a pile of rubble.

Emergency services dashed to the scene on Penn Road in Wolverhampton, West Mids. UK, at 8.15am after the huge blast.

Firefighters found a pensioner had been trapped in the rubble of the gated £200,000 property which had been "completely collapsed".

Incredibly, the elderly resident was rescued from the wreckage at around 10am - almost two hours after the blast.

Shocking pictures taken at the scene show a gaping hole where the house once stood between two neighbouring two-storey houses which weren't affected.

Specialist rescue teams from West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Fire Service can also be seen working to free the woman from the rubble.

West Midlands Fire Service tweeted: "Elderly woman freed from rubble following gas explosion on Penn Road. Superb teamwork.

Stunned neighbours said the explosion was so strong that they thought a bomb had gone off or an earthquake had struck.

Penn Road resident Matt Eccles said: "I just heard a great big explosion that shook me out of bed and my neighbour told me that there had been a house that had exploded over the road.

"It was loud enough to wake me up, it was a proper explosion."

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-trapped-suspected-gas-ex...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 27, 2015 at 8:08pm


Deadly Explosion at Residential Building in Egypt’s Giza

Ongoing investigations continue to uncover growing numbers of casualties left behind by a deadly explosion that rocked Faisal neighborhood in Giza on Sunday. Giza Security Director Ahmed Hegazy has stated that the explosion left one woman dead and 11 injured, reported state-owned media al-Ahram.

According to al-Watan, a gas leak caused the explosion which led part of the residential building to collapse. Ambulances and security forces, including bomb-disposal teams, have been sent to the scene of the incident.


Images taken by journalists working for Youm7 showed extensive damage to residential buildings.

Shortly following the explosion, the Security Director of Giza visited the scene of the incident with investigators to determine the cause of the explosion. Bomb detection dogs were also sent to the scene to determine whether there are any explosives located near by, reported Al-Ahram.

Initial scan of the neighborhood shows no trace of explosives.

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