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 February 23, 2015 at 3:02am


Manhole explosions occur along National Mall, elsewhere in D.C.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 23, 2015 at 2:53am


Center City Underground Explosions Force Evacuations

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police confirm there were two underground explosions late Sunday afternoon in Center City.

This happened just before 5 p.m. at 15th and Locust Streets.

According to police, officials believe this was a transformer problem and don’t suspect any suspicious activity, although bomb squads are on the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Some residents on the 1500 block of Locust Street have been evacuated, but will be allowed back in their homes within the next few hours, according to police.

Locust Street will remain closed indefinitely.

PECO is also on the scene as an investigation continues.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 21, 2015 at 9:23pm


Eight die in Loralai coalmine blast

QUETTA: At least eight miners were killed in an explosion in a private company’s coalmine in Duki area of Loralai district, officials said on Friday.

The blast took place on Thursday evening when the miners were working at a depth of about 2,300 feet. The mine is located about 225km northwest of Quetta. The miners were trapped when a portion of the mine caved in and blocked the exit.

According to sources, a fire broke out after the powerful explosion caused by methane gas.

Some miners who tried to rescue their colleagues fell unconscious after inhaling methane gas. One of them died, but the others were rescued and taken to hospital.

Later official rescue teams reached the place, along with a mines inspector. They faced difficulties because of the fire and methane gas. After hectic efforts, they reached the trapped miners but found them dead.

“The bodies were retrieved after hours of hard work,” a rescue official said.

All the victims were from Swat and their bodies were sent there after legal formalities.

The mine has been closed and the chief inspector of mines has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Comment by Shaun Kazuck on February 18, 2015 at 7:12pm


Refinery explosion right at the center of the bow.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on February 12, 2015 at 2:53pm


Toxic orange cloud outside Barcelona after chemical blast (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: February 12, 2015 12:12
Edited time: February 12, 2015 13:40

An orange toxic cloud is seen over the town of Igualada, near Barcelona, following an explosion in a chemical plant, February 12, 2015.(Reuters / Alba Aribau)

An orange toxic cloud is seen over the town of Igualada, near Barcelona, following an explosion in a chemical plant, February 12, 2015.(Reuters / Alba Aribau)

Three people were reportedly injured in a chemical explosion in northern Spain, which created a toxic orange cloud. Residents in towns around Barcelona were told to stay indoors. The restrictions were lifted after about four hours.

The accident in northeastern Spain appears to have been caused by two chemicals accidentally mixing while on their way during delivery, the regional government in Catalonia said, as cited by Reuters.

The explosion and fire happened at Simar, a chemical distribution company.

The explosion resulted in a thick orange cloud, which prompted government warnings for residents in nearby towns to stay indoors and shut their windows. Authorities also shut down several roads.

"Unfortunately there isn't much wind in the area so the toxic cloud is taking longer to disperse," the Catalan Interior Ministry's Ramon Espadelar told El Pais.

The six towns are home to thousands of people. Igualada, Catalonia, is still largely engulfed in the orange mist.

One of the two chemicals involved was nitric acid, which is corrosive and toxic.

The explosion took place at 9:00 local time (10:00 GMT) Thursday, according to the daily La Vanguardia.

What led to the chemicals mixing was an accident during the unloading of the trucks. This caused a fire, injuring the people, whose condition is still not known, it reported.

The recommendation to stay indoors was partially withdrawn an hour later, Reuters reports. However, infants and the elderly were advised to be kept indoors in the six towns affected by the cloud.

Spain's emergency services have taken to Twitter, recommending that people remain calm. They discouraged citizens from going outdoors and taking pictures until the containment order is fully lifted.

Screenshot from Google Maps

Screenshot from Google Maps

The containment order was lifted about 13:40 local time (12:40 GMT).

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 11, 2015 at 8:10pm


Brazil: At least 3 dead in Petrobras oil platform explosion

Cidade de São Mateus, a floating oil production, storage and offloading ship (FPSO).

At least three oil workers were killed and others were injured in an explosion at an offshore oil and natural gas platform in Brazil operated by state-run energy company Petroleo Brasileiro SA , union officials have said.

The workers were killed in an explosion aboard the Cidade de São Mateus, a floating oil production, storage and offloading ship (FPSO), said Davidson Lombo, finance director of Sindepetro-ES, the union representing workers on the platform.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.

At least four others were injured and six are still missing, Lombo told reporters in an interview from Petrobras headquarters in Vitoria, where he was accompanying rescue and recovery efforts. Petrobras officials were not immediately available to comment.

The Cidade de São Mateus operates in the Camarupim field 75 kilometers northeast of Vitoria, the capital of Brazil's Espirito Santo state, and produced about 2,000 barrels a day of oil as recently as February 2014, according to the latest data available from Brazil's petroleum regulator ANP.

The Cidade de São Mateus is owned by BW Offshore.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 10, 2015 at 9:28pm


Three killed, 34 injured in gas explosion

FEBRUARY 10, 2015, 7:07 PM

At least three workers were killed and as many as 24 others were injured seriously in an explosion due to gas leakage in the hall of a confectionery manufacturing factory located at Small Industrial Estate, Daska, on Thuesday.

As per reports, the workers were busy in manufacturing bakery items and confectioners in the main hall of the factory, when a big explosion occurred, which jolted the area.

Police said that the explosion occurred because of leakage of the LPG gas burner, which killed three workers on the spot, besides, seriously injuring as many as 34 workers.

Sialkot District Police Officer (DPO) Dr Shehzad Asif rushed to the spot and inquired details about this explosion.

Most of the workers received serious burn wounds on their bodies. The condition of three injured workers was stated to be very critical, who were shifted to Lahore Mayo Hospital from Daska Civil Hospital in critical condition. Daska police are investigating the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 9, 2015 at 6:07pm


No cause for concern over nuclear explosion in 'closed city', say o...

By The Siberian Times reporter
09 February 2015

One worker seriously injured and panic among nearby residents in secretive community, but public being reassured about incident.

A small explosion at nuclear facility in a Siberian ‘closed city’ is being downplayed by the authorities, despite panic spreading among the population.

Operators of the Siberian Chemical Industrial Complex say a container housing depleted uranium lost pressure and ignited, seriously injuring a nearby worker.

Officials are reassuring the public there has been no radiation leak into the surrounding area in Seversk, Tomsk region, with the situation being monitored using special equipment.

But concerned local residents have called news channels and taken to social media sites to express their anxiety over the emergency at the sprawling site. Some fear being able to open their windows.

The city, which was not even marked on maps during Soviet times and is still closed off to visitors, is no stranger to major incidents. In 1993 an accident at the Tomsk-7 Reprocessing Complex released a cloud of radioactive gas into the air, in what became one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters.

Giving a briefing on the situation, factory general director Sergei Tochilin said: 'Panic is being spread in the city. But I can assure you there are no problems with radiation at the factory. I was there myself with other people. The level of radiation did not go up, it did not change.

'Our filters which control the environmental situation did not measure any changes to normal data. We also asked sanitary workers to drive around the city to measure the level of radiation but nothing was registered.'

Explosion in Seversk

The city, home to 108,000 residents, is still important as a nuclear facility, although it is thought all the plants are now at least 40 years old. Picture: Rosatom

The incident took place shortly after 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon at the Chemical-Metallurgy Plant within the complex.

Officials say there was a 'loss of pressurisation' to a container, causing an explosion when the substance inside reacted with oxygen.

As a result the clothes of a man standing nearby caught fire, and he suffered burns. He was at first taken to the burns unit of the regional clinic before being transferred by plane to Moscow. Mr Tochilin added: 'It was decided to move him to a better place for treating his burns.'

In the hours after the accident concerned residents contacted news agency TV2 and posted messages on the Vkontakte social network site.

Blogger Ivan Khomeev wrote about 'a small emergency'. He added: 'A drum was turned over. One worker got serious burns, minor emission of chemical took place.

'Liquidators and workers insist [it is] nothing serious but just to be on the safe side it is not recommended to open doors and windows and to stay outside for long.'

Formerly called Tomsk-7 and located on the Tom River, Seversk was established in 1949 to produce and process materials for the Soviet nuclear weapons programme.

It was a secret city and did not appear on any maps until 1992 when then Russian President Boris Yeltsin said that these communities could revert back to their original historical names.

Despite also removing the official secret status, it remains a closed city to non-residents today and there are six checkpoints at which visitors must show necessary entry documents.

The city, home to 108,000 residents, is still important as a nuclear facility, although it is thought all the plants are now at least 40 years old.

The Siberian Chemical Industrial Complex brings together four plants dealing with nuclear substances, and one of its main tasks is to provide uranium to fuel nuclear stations.

In a statement following the weekend's incident, officials said a probe is now under way to work out what happened. It added: 'The factory does not have any technological problems. It is working normally.

'The level of radiation is normal, and the situation is not dangerous for citizens. A commission has been set up to investigate the reasons for this incident.'

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 5, 2015 at 7:35pm


3 Macedonian workers dead in gas plant explosion

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities say an explosion in a gas plant near the border with Greece has killed at least three workers and injured two others.

Nadica V'ckova, spokeswoman for the national center for crisis management, said the explosion occurred in a department where gas cylinders were being filled early Thursday in the plant in the southern town of Bogdanci.

Firefighters were trying to contain the blaze that broke out after the explosion. Police and public prosecutors were investigating what caused the blast.

Local media said one of the injured workers was transferred to a clinic in the capital Skopje to be treated for severe burns.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2015 at 12:01am


Manhole Explosion In New York Caught On Camera

Story by WABC-TV

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Black smoke could be seen flowing from a manhole, just seconds before it exploded.

It was one of several reported underground explosions Monday morning in New York City.

The blasts shattered windows up and down the street.

One manhole cover blew off and landed a block away, striking an elderly  man.  He is expected to recover.

Witnesses also reported seeing flames shooting from underground.

Investigators said the fire was likely sparked by melting snow and street salt getting into the electrical system.



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