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 November 14, 2014 at 1:30am


Worker killed in Ohio natural gas well fire
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 3:27 p.m.
Updated 4 hours ago


An apparent explosion and fire killed a man working on pipeline pumping equipment near a natural gas well in Noble County, Ohio, officials said Thursday.

The incident happened about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday on Blue Racer Midstream equipment near a non-producing well in Marion Township owned by Cecil-based Consol Energy. The only person harmed was Norman Butler, 48, of Newport News, Va., an employee of Texas-based Buffalo Gap Instrumentation and Electric, a contractor for Dallas-based Blue Racer.

A small fire remained burning as crews attempted to remove Butler's body from the scene, said Noble County Sheriff Stephen S. Hannum. Workers shut off Consol's wells on the nearby pad.

Noble County, about 120 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, has become a focus of Marcellus and Utica shale drilling in Ohio.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 13, 2014 at 2:15am


Explosion levels 2 houses, damages 11

Posted: Nov 12, 2014 2:57 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 12, 2014 7:25 PM EST


Two houses were destroyed and 11 others were damaged when a gas line caused an explosion in Osceola, Arkansas.

An exclusive look at the damage from Chopper 5 shows houses leveled and debris everywhere. One person was injured in the explosion.

"I just heard a boom and it knocked everything off the walls," said Antoine Carnes, who boarded up parts of his damaged home. "At first I thought it might have been an earthquake."

According to the fire chief, the explosion happened in a house belonging to Debbie Porter, who is the only person with reported injuries at this time.

"She was burned, I do know that," Nadine Vaughn, whose mother's house was also damaged by the explosion. "Her skin was burned so they airlifted her, I believe, to Memphis."

"It's basically like a war zone or something happened," said Andre Harris, who lives next door. "And I'm just praying to God that Ms. Debbie, our neighbor, is alright. We're just thankful that my family is alright."

Harris' house, like Porter's, was destroyed.

"The damage done to my walls, you can even see the damage straight out to my neighbor's house," Harris said.

While investigators believe the explosion erupted from a utility gas line, they do not know what caused it.

"I'm thankful because, like I said, it could have been worse," Harris added. "I thank God that all this can be replaced."

Comment by jorge namour on November 10, 2014 at 8:28pm

Mystery fog, 'toxic' sulfur odor covers Moscow (VIDEO)

Published time: November 10, 2014



A massive cloud smelling like 'hell' sparked a widespread panic in Moscow. Residents were afraid of a toxic gas after warnings to stay indoors.

The source of the rotten eggs smell turned out to be a leak from a sulfur dioxide processing facility at an oil refinery in Moscow, the Emergencies Ministry confirmed.

The city’s ecology watchdog and the Emergencies Ministry said that the level of hydrogen sulfide was over the permitted level for a short period of time, while the levels of sulfur dioxide remained within the norm. The two gases are byproducts of oil processing.

The smell created a wave of panic on local social media.

“Guys, who knows what the reason for such a stink in Moscow? There has been a smell of hydrogen-sulfide in many parts of the city,” wrote Twitter user Sergey Krasilnikov.

“The smell even travels through [closed] windows,” wrote Twitter user Asya Zateeva.

Residents of the southeast of Moscow saw the buildings covered in smog in the morning.

Many MP’s in the Russian parliament, whose building is situated right next to the Kremlin, also complained of the odor since Monday morning, but their work was not disrupted.

The Emergencies Ministry checked air samples in the southeast, east and center of Moscow following an avalanche of complaints from local residents.

A representative of the Russian Hydro-Meteorological Service, which monitors environmental pollution, told Tass that the cloud first appeared in Moscow's south-east Lublino region, where the concentration of hydrogen sulfide has exceeded normal levels.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 10, 2014 at 6:53pm


Chemical Plant Explosion Injures 66

November 10, 2014 An explosion November 6 at the Rigoni chemical facility in Córdoba, located in north western Argentina, injured 66, including police and firefighters, according to the Buenos Aires Herald.

Two of the victims were in serious condition, and the explosion, which occurred at about 8pm local time, caused serious damage. The cause of the explosion was unknown. An investigation is underway.

When Córdoba provincial Governor Juan Manuel de la Sota arrived at the explosion area, he reportedly said, “The crater is huge - houses have been destroyed.”

The factory produces chlorine products. A gas cloud was seen above the area immediately after the explosion.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 8, 2014 at 5:34am


Gas explosion sparks fire that destroys 5 Detroit homes

9:35 p.m. EST November 7, 2014

DETROIT, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- At least five homes were destroyed and seven more damaged after a gas explosion rocked a neighborhood on Detroit's southwest side Friday evening, fire officials said.

Chief of Fire Operations John King said he wasn't immediately sure whether any civilians were injured, and he said it's too early to say whether the explosion was caused by an illegal hookup or arson.

Only rubble, bricks and glass remained where the five homes once stood. Fire officials roped off a perimeter as dozens of neighbors watched them battle the blaze. One homeowner whose house was destroyed by the explosion declined to comment, but said his family "lost everything," as he wept on a sidewalk across from the fire.

About 35 firefighters responded around 4:20 p.m. on the 2300 block of Oakdale near Vernor Highway. Fire crews were still on the scene at 7:30 p.m. working to put the fire out. DTE Energy crews were called in to shut the gas lines off in the homes close to the fire. The crews were drilling into the ground in front of several houses to access gas lines.

"Once they shut off the gas, we'll be able to put it out," King said.

A house about six doors down from the explosion is near collapse, King said. The home is uninhabitable after the entire second floor was consumed by fire.

Harold Long, 48, lives about seven houses from the explosion. He said it shattered his windows and shook the house.

"I was in my kitchen when I heard this big boom and it blew my windows out," Long said. "I came outside and went door to door to make sure everyone was safe."

Long said the home where the explosion occurred was vacant, but renovations were being done to it. He said two of the other homes were vacant and the rest were occupied. Long said his neighborhood has had several arson fires within the past few years.

John Woosck, 41, said the neighborhood needs to be cleaned up. Woosck said he also heard a boom and ran over with his son to see what caused the blast.

"This ain't nothing new," Woosck said. "It's just a shame knowing that all these families lost everything. They need to tear all of these houses down. We have such a big problem with scrapping. In the daytime it's alright, but during the night, it's a completely different place. It's bad for kids over here."

Ernie Hudgins, who lives in a nearby apartment building, said he felt helpless as he watched the fire slowly spread from the first house to the rest.

"It's just sad," he said. "It just kills me with it being so close to the holidays. This is when families are supposed to be getting ready for the kids, not rebuilding everything."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 5, 2014 at 10:35pm


Explosion at Curacao's Isla refinery injures two: workers


3:54 p.m. ESTNovember 5, 2014

WILLEMSTAD (Reuters) - An explosion at a gas plant of Curacao's 335,000 barrels per day (bpd) Isla refinery on Wednesday afternoon injured two people, according to workers at the facility. 

A spokeswoman for Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL], which operates the refinery on the island, said she could not immediately comment on the issue. 

A spokesman for the refinery could not be reached. 

It remained unclear what impact the apparent explosion had on operations. 

Workers took pictures that appeared to show firemen on site and flames being doused. 

The Isla refinery mainly supplies the U.S., Central American and Caribbean markets, according to PDVSA's web site. It has been working well below its capacity in recent years because of a lack of power and other services.

The accident comes a day after a blackout shuttered Venezuela's 645,000 barrel-per-day Amuay refinery.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro often blames saboteurs out to harm his socialist administration for blackouts or refinery accidents. Critics say refinery issues are due to negligence and lack of investments.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 4, 2014 at 11:58pm


One dead, three injured in Lapeer machine shop explosion

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Lapeer police and fire authorities were dispatched around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, to Lapeer Industries, 400 McCormick Drive, after one person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion. (Gary Ridley | MLive.com)
on November 04, 2014 at 4:07 PM
Lapeer industries 1.JPGLapeer police and fire authorities were dispatched around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, to Lapeer Industries, 400 McCormick Drive, after one person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion. 

LAPEER, MI -- One person was killed and three others injured in an explosion at a Lapeer machine shop.

Emergency crews were dispatched around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, to Lapeer Industries, 400 McCormick Drive, after an explosion was reported behind the business.

Lapeer Police Chief Todd Alexander said authorities found four injured victims on the ground.

Alexander said one victim died from their injuries, while the other three victims were transported to the hospital for treatment. The condition of the surviving victims is unknown, according to Alexander.

Police have not released the identities of those involved in the explosion.

Alexander said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but it appears that a cylindrical tank containing an unknown type of gas became over-pressurized and exploded.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called in to investigate.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 30, 2014 at 2:11am


ONG Working To Determine Cause Of Gas Line Explosion Near Yukon

Posted: Oct 29, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Updated: Oct 29, 2014 6:30 PM EDT

YUKON, Oklahoma -Emergency crews contained a fire and the area around a ruptured gas line in Yukon Tuesday night. Now, Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) is looking for a cause.

The explosion occurred Tuesday night in Yukon, and witnesses described the scene as frightening. But for a cause it was almost spontaneous.

"I'm standing on my back porch and I'm looking at what appears to be shooting flames out of the Sunrise Hills addition," said one 911 caller.

"In the backyard there's like flames and smoke," said another 911 caller.

Callers to 911 described the scene off Highway 66, between Sara Rd. and Yukon Parkway, when a gas line appeared to explode around 8:20 p.m. It was around the same time Shelly Kingery arrived home from running errands.

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"Got out of the vehicle and right when I shut the door the explosion happened and I called 911," said Kingery. "It was a huge explosion and instantly I looked up and saw the flames well above the rooftops of the houses."

At the time of the fire, ONG crews were on scene and had been for a while. At 5:22 p.m., crews were called out to access the gas line that had been hit by a third-party contractor. Shelly said she was aware of that situation before leaving her house.

"I smelled very strong gas smell and we saw the workers we assumed were trying [to] find the gas leak," said Kingery.

But while the crews were at work, 15 to 20 feet down the line the fire erupted.

"It was very scary, I mean it was frightening," said Kingery.

The actual cause is still unknown, but ONG officials believe it could have been static.

"We're just glad everything is safe and they got it taken care of," said Kingery.

ONG reported 91 accounts were affected by the fire, and as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, over half were back in service.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 29, 2014 at 1:10am


Monroe County Pipeline Fire Scene Cleared; Investigation Continues

Posted: Oct 28, 2014 3:18 AM EDTUpdated: Oct 28, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

Beallsville, OH -- A massive explosion in Monroe County has investigators searching to find out what happened to cause a pipeline to combust early Tuesday morning.

The details about who owns the pipeline aren't clear after nearly half a dozen fire companies from both Monroe and Belmont counties worked tirelessly to contain blazes that sprung up from an underground pipeline in Beallsville. In the dark of the night, not much could be seen other than a sea of flashing lights. Those lights coming from a number of fire engines as well as the flicker of flames shooting up from the ground. One man who lives on the road said the explosion wasn't something he would have ever expected, "I was watching TV and just heard a very loud explosion and seen on my security cameras a bunch of orange in them and looked outside, saw what looked like an atomic bomb went off," said Russell Gatten.

The massive explosion happened around 2:30 Tuesday morning as the pipeline erupted shooting flames far into the sky. Residents in the area say those flames rose several hundred feet above the grounds surface. "At first I thought it was my brother-in-laws barn, but just got my clothes and took off outside to tell neighbors and everything what was going on," Gatten said.

The explosion was said to have so much power that it nearly forced people in the area to the floor in their homes. "When I finally realized where the location was, I knew they just now stuck a pipeline through right there, so I figured it had to be that pipeline," said Gatten.

Gatten, having a pretty good idea of what was happening called for help, "We dialed 911 immediately and called and told them what was going on, then we heard the fire whistles blowing from Beallsville."

Not long after, fire companies from all over the area moved in to calm the flames. Fire crews extinguished the flames after a five and a half hour battle, clearing the scene just before 8 o'clock in the morning.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 25, 2014 at 12:05am


Gas line rupture prompts evacuations in south Bakersfield

10/24/2014 08:13 AM
10/24/2014 02:04 PM

BAKERSFIELD, CA - A 30-inch gas line ruptured in a field near Wible Road and Houghton Road, producing a cloud of dust and potentially explosive fumes that could be seen from a distance.  

Officials report that one million cubic feet of gas was released per minute, and that 8 square miles surrounding the area were evacuated.

The ruptured line was shut off at approximately 10:50 a.m.

Students at Panama Elementary School were preparing to evacuate around 8:50 a.m.

Students met at Berkshire Elementary School at 3900 Berkshire Road.  Panama-Buena Vista School District officials said children are safe and may remain at Berkshire Elementary if parents are unable to get them. 

Law enforcement shut down roadways leading into the area--from Wible Road on the West to Stine Road on the east and from Bear Mountain Blvd. on the south to Taft Highway on the north.  Medical helicopters were put on standby for a short time.

"PG&E is responding to a third party dig west of Houghton Road and Wible Road. It’s located on Line 300, which is a 30 inch transmission line," PG&E Spokeswoman Katie Allen said in a news release. "Our crews are on scene working to stop the flow of gas. Safety is our top priority and we are working with first responders to ensure the area is safe. We are also investigating how this happened."

The gas line ruptured at approximately 7:35 a.m. Friday, the Kern County Fire Department reported.  Firefighters on scene reported residents were evacuated up to Taft Highway.  Others---including students at nearby General Shafter Elementary School--were being told to stay indoors and shelter in place. 



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