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 April 7, 2015 at 7:00am


Deadly explosion at chemical plant in China, 3 injured

Three people were injured in a chemical plant blast in east China’s Fujian province Monday, local authorities said.

An explosion hit part of an oil storage facility on Monday at Dragon Aromatics, an independent petrochemical producer in eastern China, Xinhua reported.

The blast happened around 7 p.m. local time at a pumping station for a condensate storage at the plant in Zhangzhou city that produces paraxylene, or PX, a chemical used in making polyester fiber and plastics, state media said.

PX is normally produced from heavy naphtha, which can be derived from condensate after it has been processed in a splitter. A condensate splitter produces both light and heavy naphtha. The new Dragon plant was designed to produce around one million tonnes a year of light naphtha, which will be marketed to other Chinese petrochemical plants that operate ethylene facilities.

Smoke rises after an explosion at a chemical plant that produces paraxylene, or PX, a chemical used in making polyester fibre and plastics, in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Smoke rises after an explosion at a chemical plant that produces paraxylene, or PX, a chemical used in making polyester fibre and plastics, in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

All the three people are being treated at a hospital, the provincial bureau of workplace safety said, without specifying the extent of their injuries.

Some 430 firefighters are battling the fire in Zhangzhou. Windows were broken at a gas station one kilometer (.62 miles) away from the blast site. No one at the gas station was injured or dead, authorities said, adding that all have been evacuated.

Pictures posted by netizens on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter show flames and fumes rising from a plant, with witnesses reporting strong tremor felt as far as 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from the blast.

Dragon Aromatics, owned by Xianglu Group, a Taiwanese petrochemical group, is one of the largest independently-run PX producers in China. The plant is set to expand its condensate splitter by almost 40 percent by end of this month to 5.5 million tonnes a year (137,000 barrels per day), an industry source has said. PX plants are highly controversial projects in China. All the proposed plants have met strong public opposition in recent years.

This is the second accident in 20 months at the same facility that produces paraxylene (PX), an industrial chemical used for making fiber and plastics. In 2013, Dragon Aromatics delayed it’s opening of $3 billion unit due to a small blast. The blast was attributed to leaks at a hydrogen pipeline during testing of a 3.2-million-tpy hydrocracker unit, a company official said at the time. No causalities were reported.

At that time, the company had won 4 million tonnes in import quotas for condensate for 2013, and had secured about five shipments of condensate – a light crude ideal for making petrochemicals – including supplies from Iran and Indonesia, traders said at the time. The plant opening had been by delayed by slower-than-expected construction and problems in gaining environmental clearance.

China’s environmental minister urged during the country’s annual parliamentary session in March that construction of PX projects be scientifically decided and must pass environmental impact assessment.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on April 3, 2015 at 10:26am

Underground fireball explodes in Finsbury Park 

Flames erupted from Finsbury Park Road

An underground fireball erupted in Finsbury Park yesterday afternoon - less than an hour after a huge underground blaze was detected in Holborn.

Four people had to evacuated from a nearby building as the blaze took hold on Finsbury Park Road at about 1.09pm yesterday.

The flames were caused by a faulty fuse box under the pavement, which caused power problems in the area.

London Fire Brigade were called and had the fire out by about 3.40pm.

A spokesman said: “It was an electrical fuse box in the pavement.

“Four people had left a nearby building before the brigade arrived.”

No one has been reported as being injured by the blaze.

The fire brigade said the fire was not related to the underground blaze in Holborn earlier on the same day.

One witness tweeted: “So massive fires under the pavement in Holborn AND on my boyfriend’s street in Finsbury Park. What’s going on?”

Another posted: “So - there’s a fire going on 5-mins from my work in Holborn AND 5-mins from my flat in Finsbury Park. Hmmm...”

Source:  http://www.london24.com/news/underground_fireball_explodes_in_finsb... 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2015 at 12:08am


Gas explosions in Marinzë, the residents are evacuated.

Marinzë village in Fier started the day this Wednesday morning like in a doomsday movie scene. On yards, roads and gardens black water, mud and gas rose from the underneath the land, exploding like fountains tenth of meters in the air.  

The explosions of natural gas in the oil-bearing area of Marinzë, Fier, forced the residents there to abandon their homes. The explosions started this Wednesday morning in the place where Bankers Petroleum company was drilling for oil. 

According to the company the gas leaks are uncontrollable. Meanwhile since 06:00 in the morning they have started evacuating the residents from their homes. The police and firefighters closed down the whole place. 

The explosion was followed by leaks of water and gas. In agricultural plots of land, roads, canals and house foundations the gas vents from underneath the ground. 

There are over 40 smaller springs of gas and water all over the place releasing gas, yards, roads and house. The villagers reported land cave-ins in different areas.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 1, 2015 at 11:38pm


Albania authorities evacuate residents after explosion at a Bankers Petroleum oil well

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 1, 2015 at 11:29pm


Oil Rig Explosion Kills 4 in Gulf of Mexico

PHOTO: This frame grab of a video from the news station Noticias Ciudad del Carmen shows a fire burning at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico along the Mexican coast before sunrise on April 1, 2015.

An explosion and ensuing fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico today left four dead and injured at least 16 others, according to the Pemex oil company.

Pemex, a Mexican state-run oil company, said 300 workers have been evacuated after the fire broke out on their Abkatun Permanente platform.

Among those killed was a contractor for the Mexican oil services company, Cotemar, according to Pemex. Employees who escaped told the Associated Press some people were forced to jump into the shallow waters to escape the blaze.

"There was nothing you could do but run," Roger Arias Sanchez, an employee of Pemex contractor Cotemar told the AP.

Currently, there are eight fireboats fighting the blaze, according to Pemex. Fleets of helicopters ferried workers from the oil rig to the town of Ciudad del Carmen, according to the AP.

It is unclear how much fuel might have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the incident.

The Pemex company has dealt with multiple deadly accidents in recent years, including a 2013 blast at the company headquarters that killed 37 people.

In 2012, a fire at a natural gas facility killed 26.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 27, 2015 at 2:51am


Building engulfed in flames after collapse in downtown NYC

03/26/15 03:42 PM—UPDATED 03/26/15 06:51 PM

A fiery explosion caused one building to collapse and ignited a massive blaze engulfing four buildings in downtown Manhattan, officials and witnesses said Thursday afternoon.

Three people were transported to local hospitals in critical condition, two with serious burns and the other unconscious, the FDNY said, adding that at least 12 people were injured. Multiple people were treated at the scene.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that the explosion occurred at a building on Second Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village, causing one building to partially collapse and the one next to it to collapse completely.

The Fire Department of New York said it sent 250 members to the scene for what quickly escalated into a seven-alarm fire by 4 p.m. ET.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said firefighters “certainly didn’t expect” the severity of the unfolding scene and that the explosion “blew the front of (the building) across the street.”

Mayor de Blasio said preliminary evidence showed the explosion was likely “gas related” and was caused by possible plumbing and gas work occurring inside one of the buildings.

The mayor said there was no indication that either 911 or New York energy company Con Edison had received calls complaining of a gas leak on Thursday. Con Edison said inspectors had been at the site of the explosion at 2 p.m., one hour before the blast occurred, evaluating a gas meter installation for a larger service. Con Edison found that the work done by private contractors in the building did not pass inspection and gave instructions for necessary changes.

“Until we know what happened here we cannot pass judgment,” Mayor de Blasio said of the incident at the press conference. “We need to fully investigate.”

Because of the copious amount of smoke, Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito advised nearby residents to “keep your windows closed and limit your time outside as much as possible.”

A photo posted by the FDNY appeared to show one building fully collapsed, with another partially collapsed at the ground level while firefighters worked to put out huge billows of smoke and flames. Nolan Hayes, who was at a nearby Starbucks at the time, told NBC New York he heard a “very loud” sound when the building collapsed.

“We walked outside and noticed a lot more smoke than we expected … You look outside and see no building being there at all,” he said.

Initial video and photos posted to social media showed huge flames shooting out of the front of the building, which appeared to house a restaurant on the ground floor, and thick plumes of white smoke billowing from the building, NBC New York reported.

“I heard a really loud bang,” Ariel Setear, who lives two blocks away, told NBC News. “I thought maybe it was thunder or a car being hit, but it sounded bigger than that … I couldn’t see any fire.”

“And then the flames came up, they were huge,” Setear said. “The flames were maybe two stories.”

Comment by Howard on March 23, 2015 at 2:50am

Natural Gas Explosion Levels Ohio Home (Mar 21)

Part of a chimney column and a still-smoldering car that is trapped under piles of rubble is pretty much all that remains of the house at 3418 Sunningdale Way in Upper Arlington that officials say exploded just before 3pm Saturday afternoon.

People reported hearing and feeling the explosion more than a mile away.

Upper Arlington Fire Chief Jeff Young said at a 5:30 p.m. briefing that no one was injured but that it appears nine homes in the area were significantly damaged.

Wood and roofing shingles and siding and concrete pieces -- even photo albums and personal belongings -- are strewn one or two streets away from the house that actually exploded. All sorts of debris is tangled in the neighborhood's towering trees.




Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 19, 2015 at 2:47am


2 employees injured in explosion at Picatinny Arsenal

ROCKAWAY - Two civilian U.S. Army employees were injured in an explosion at a military facility in Morris County, officials said in a statement.

The incident happened at around 11 a.m. Wednesday at Picatinny Arsenal.

The employees are explosives technicians who were conducting research on a submunition, which is part of a larger explosive device.

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One of the employees was taken to a hospital via helicopter and the other was transported by ambulance. Both sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the statement.

The incident remains under investigation and all explosives-related operations have been suspended.

Picatinny Arsenal is a research facility that specializes in the development of weapons and ammunition. It is located on nearly 6,500 acres in Morris County.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 17, 2015 at 5:37pm

Explosion Occurs in Indianapolis

03/17/2015 03:39 AM

An underground explosion is causing some panic in Indianapolis Tuesday morning.

Police say the explosion happened just before 9 p.m Monday.

According to Indianapolis Power & Light, people reported smelling gas followed by a loud bang and flash.

The company says the area where the explosion happened houses transformers, and the blast came after an oil chamber failed.

No power outages were associated with the explosion.

However, an IPL spokesperson says there could be some as the investigation continues underground.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 13, 2015 at 6:38pm


13 March 2015 Last updated at 12:06 ET

Weybridge primary school evacuated after 'explosion'

Children and teachers were evacuated from a school after a suspected explosion caused a fire to break out.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing the blast, at St George's Primary School in Weybridge, Surrey, at about 12:35 GMT.

Shortly afterwards, huge clouds of black smoke were seen billowing up from building works on the school grounds.

All children and staff were later allowed to return inside the school, and no injuries were reported, Surrey Police said.

An eye witness said he had been told there were no casualties but had seen children being evacuated.

'Black and billowing'

"I saw all of them collected together in a road behind the school there were teachers making sure they didn't go anywhere," he said.

"They were safe away from the fire. The smoke was blowing away from them."

"It was black and billowing but the fire crews are down there and they have obviously dealt with it."



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