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 December 26, 2014 at 11:05pm


Pipeline Explosion Pushes Residents Out Of Homes On Christmas Eve

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) — About a dozen people had to spend Christmas Eve in a hotel, their car or a fire hall after a pipeline explosion in Washington County.

The pipeline originates in Marshall County, W. Va. and transports ethane to Houston, Pa. Today, the company is responsible for assessing the damage.

Neighbors say flames were so bright they light the sky orange. The explosion was also so loud, they say it rocked their homes.

“I went upstairs to change and get ready for bed. I came down and looked out the side window. There’s a big ball of fire blowing up out of that thing,” neighbor Tracy Sampson said.

Tracy Sampson lives right next to the Williams Partners L.P. Meter Station in Chartiers Township, Washington County. She says the flames continued to get worse so she called 911.

“We got ready and left. We didn’t want to be here. I was just afraid the whole place was going to blow. That’s what you think about all the time living here. It wasn’t like that when we bought it or we wouldn’t have bought it,” Sampson said.

Sampson has lived at her home for almost 16 years. She says she and her family drove around the area for hours until it was safe to return home.

A spokesperson with the company says the fire happened around 10 p.m. Williams’ Pipeline Control responded by closing the main line valve of its Ohio Valley Ethane Pipeline so it could stop producing flow to the facility.

Throughout the night, Williams personnel depressurized the facility and the fire was contained. As a precaution, emergency responders evacuated around a dozen homes in the area.

Residents were allowed to come home around 12:30 a.m. Which held Sampson back from getting her Christmas preparations done.

“I didn’t get my stuff wrapped last night. I had to get up this morning and do it. I guess it’s my fault for being a last minute kind of person, but what are you going to do,” Sampson said.

No one was injured in the explosion. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Williams personnel are in the process of notifying the appropriate regulatory agencies.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection representatives came to the site last night to assess the incident.

No estimate is currently available so far as when the facility would be returned to service.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on December 1, 2014 at 6:39pm

Flames burst into street after underground explosion blows two manhole covers  into the air - one MILE apart - Greater Manchester UK

Locals in Oldham, Greater Manchester  report late night explosion in street

Two manhole covers were blown into  the air as flames leapt from road

Residents say fallout could have  been much worse if blast was in daytime

More than 1,000 homes temporarily  lost power as a result of the explosion

Witnesses say driver on road  'thought he was going to die' in blast


Two manhole covers  were blown into the air by an underground explosion which led to temporary power  cuts to over 1,000 homes.

Fire crews raced  to a street in Oldham, Greater Manchester after flames were seen coming from two  manholes around one mile apart shortly after midnight last night.

The blast, caused  by a faulty underground cable, was the latest of a series of manhole explosions  around the UK.

Locals said it was  lucky the explosion happened late on a Sunday night as the busy street would  have been full of vehicles and pedestrians  at daytime.

Retired Mavis  Lloyd, 73, said: 'I was sat watching TV and saw an orange flash through the  curtains and heard a loud bang. The TV went off and the lamps went  out.

'Just as I looked  outside a massive flash of flames came out of the manhole. The flames came about  5ft high. The manhole cover had been blown out and gone down the  road.

'A car had stopped  by the side of the road. He must have driven over the hole and it exploded as he  went over. He said when it happened he thought he was going to  die.'

More than 1,000  homes and business lost power for more than five minutes after the explosion and  electrical engineers are now on the scene.

A spokesman for  Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to Ripponden  Road shortly after midnight, where fires were seen coming from  manholes.

The blazes were  out by the time firefighters arrived and they secured the scene for engineers  from Electricity North West.

Source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2855811/Flames-burst-street... 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2014 at 6:34pm


Gas-line explosion injures 5 workers, 3 critically

MEMPHIS, TENN. — An explosion injured five Memphis utility workers yesterday while they were working on an underground gas line, fire officials said.

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water workers, ages 34 to 44, were repairing a gas leak in a hole in the street at the time of the accident, said Memphis Fire Department Lt. Wayne Cooke.

Four workers suffered burns, three of whom were hospitalized in critical condition, Cooke said. A worker with minor burns and a worker who went into shock were treated and released from the hospital.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water spokesman Richard Thompson said the company was investigating the cause.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 23, 2014 at 8:14pm


3 killed, 24 hurt in Sarawak mine blast

3 killed, 24 hurt in Sarawak mine blast

KUCHING - A gas explosion in a coal mine in Selantik, Pantu, Sri Aman, about 130km here, killed three foreign workers and injured 24 others.

The dead were a North Korean, an Indonesian and a Myanmar national. Details of their identities were not revealed.

Sri Aman police chief DSP Mat Jusoh Mohamad said the gas fire ignited at about 450m below the tunnel's entrance at 8.45am yesterday.

"Twenty-four of the 27 workers inside the tunnel scrambled out and helped those who were injured," he said.

Most of the injured were taken to the Sri Aman Hospital, where the bodies of the three deceased were also sent for a post-mortem.

The others were taken to the Serian Hospital and the Pantu clinic. Six of the seriously injured were later brought to the Sarawak General Hospital here.

The coal mine, located about 3km from the Kuching-Sri Aman main road, began operations eight years ago.

It has 119 workers and the majority of its workers - 49 - are North Koreans.

The others are Myanmar nationals (29), Indonesians (19), Chinese nationals (15) and Bangladeshis (10).

Sri Aman Fire and Rescue Department chief Ranger Moos said the department received a call at about 11.30am and immediately sent a fire truck with seven firemen to the scene.

"According to the supervisor, the blast occurred when the workers were just about to start work," he said.

"There was an explosion when a switch for the conveyor belt was turned on," he said, adding that an extractor fan used for expelling gas out of the tunnel was not working.

Sparks from the switch or the defective fan are being looked at as the likely cause of the blast.

The mine has been closed until the department's hazardous materials (Hazmat) team arrives to determine the safety of the tunnel.

"We are also waiting for the mine engineer to give us assurance on the internal structure (of the tunnel) and whether it is safe or not for us to enter," said Moos.

"It looks like the tunnel is quite cramped. We really have no idea how it is inside but usually if there is an explosion, the structure will change," he added.

Moos said the three workers died inside the tunnel but were not killed instantly.

"They were badly burnt in their faces by the 'flash over' and could move towards the exit," he said.

"The others, some with serious injuries and some lightly injured, managed to run out."

- See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/3-killed-24-hurt-sarawak-mine...

Comment by Mark on November 22, 2014 at 8:33am

London hotel gas blast: At least 12 hurt after gas explosion at Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel


A top hotel has been evacuated after an explosion in the basement caused part of the building to collapse.

The Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square, central London, was evacuated following the suspected gas explosion at around 11.40pm yesterday and a number of people were being treated by paramedics.

Around 80 firefighters were on the scene, including appliances with specialist equipment to deal with collapsed buildings. The full extent of the damage is not known at this stage and all people were accounted for, a spokesman for London Fire Brigade said.

London Ambulance Service initially said 12 people were injured by the blast but later revised the figure to 12, including two men with leg wounds who were taken to nearby St Mary's Hospital.

A further three people needed hospital treatment, while nine others were checked over at the scene and given the all-clear.

One person Tweeted:  "Felt entire building shake (even on 8th floor) no power evacuated in complete darkness even fire escapes dark! Thx for iphone torch"

Comment by Carlos Ochoa on November 21, 2014 at 8:27am

Oil rig explodes off coast of New Orleans, killing 1 and injuring 3

POSTED 10:13 PM, NOVEMBER 20, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An explosion has occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing one person and injuring three.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. Thursday about 12 miles off Louisiana’s coast. A telephone call to the Houston, Texas-based company was not immediately returned.

The bureau said in a statement that the platform was not in production at the time of the explosion and damage was limited to the area. The statement said there was no indication that any oil had spilled into the ocean.

Bureau spokeswoman Chauntra Rideaux said the injured workers were being treated at a medical facility. She did not say where or what their conditions were.

She said the explosion is under investigation.

Source:   http://foxct.com/2014/11/20/oil-rig-explodes-off-coast-of-new-orlea...

Comment by KM on November 18, 2014 at 12:39pm


Father and four-year-old daughter's 'miraculous' escape after gas explosion obliterates their home 

  • Neighbours pulled man, 36, and daughter from  of property following 'loud explosion' early this morning
  • Hampshire firefighters received dozen calls alerting them to  in Shirley, Southampton, at 1.30am today
  • Both discharged from hospital after being treated - and girl is due to be reunited with mother, who was working

A four-year-old girl and her father had a ‘miraculous’ escape today after suffering only minor injuries when their home was blown up by a gas explosion.

Neighbours pulled the 36-year-old man and his daughter from the remains of the obliterated property following the ‘loud explosion’ early this morning. 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received about a dozen calls alerting crews to the blast at the property in Shirley, Southampton, at 1.30am.

Obliterated: Fire crews arrived to find the two-storey, end-of-terrace property in Southampton completely collapsed but with the residents out

Extroardinary damage: Investigations into how a father and daughter had a 'miracle escape' after the suspected gas explosion continued today

Extroardinary : Investigations into how a father and daughter had a 'miracle escape' after the suspected gas explosion continued today

Mr Terrell, who works at Southampton city docks, said: ‘My wife and I were just  in bed when we heard a huge bang and our whole house shook. I jumped up, pulled on my jeans and ran outside.

‘At first I thought there must have been a car crash or something, but then I saw the house on the corner had exploded. I automatically ran round to it and heard a voice calling for help.

‘I climbed up into the house, which was all open. There's not a window or door left in the place - I just climbed up in the rubble.

It seemed she was buried somewhere and we couldn't see her. Then I saw a foot and managed to move the rubble off to get to the little girl, picked her up and pulled her out
 Darren Terrell, neighbour

‘It was just natural instinct that made me do it, a man was calling saying can you find my daughter so I did. It seemed she was buried somewhere and we couldn't see her.

‘Then I saw a foot and managed to move the rubble off to get to the little girl, picked her up and pulled her out. She clung onto me and I told the man I'd come back to me.

‘The little girl was covered in dust but I didn't see any injuries, though I only had the street light to guide me.

‘When we got outside, I sat her on the wall near some pensioners and went back in. One of them brought her out a coat to wear.

‘I couldn't move the dad because he was stuck between the rubble and some furniture. Thankfully I got three workmen doing a night shift nearby to help me and we managed to get him out.

‘I could smell gas the whole time but there was no fire and I was quite calm at the time.

‘The roof had fallen in so I guess it was a bit dangerous but I was only worried about getting the child out. This all happened before the fire crews got here but it seemed like a lifetime.

‘As soon as I got them out I came back to my family and took my children to my sister's house to stay, I didn't hang around.’

Neighbour Stacey Crossan also lives behind the exploded house and said she thought a bomb had gone off.



Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 17, 2014 at 7:20am


In Moscow there was a series of explosions of household gas in seve...

In several houses in Moscow there was a series of explosions of household gas. Incident happened in Presnensky district of Moscow - on Shelepikhinskaya Embankment, near the subway «International». As a result of gas emission ignition began in 26 apartments in 11 houses, thus 12 people suffered, writes RBC.

About that as a result of explosions nobody was lost and I didn't suffer the deputy mayor of Moscow Pyotr Biryukov who quotes TASS declared. Biryukov specified that explosions happened in 15 apartments, in 11 houses.

The first fire happened in the house No. 11 on Shelepikhinskoye Highway in one of apartments on the 5th floor, later fire spread on two apartments on 4 and 6 floors. Practically at the same time the fire began on the 9th floor of the house No. 26, and then was thrown on the 10th floor. The firefighters who arrived to a place of state of emergency stated gas leak. The third ignition resulted in the house No. 18 result the woman suffered. Besides, in Shelepikhinsky Drive there was an ignition of a gas pipe in the area the house No. 4. The place of state of emergency is surrounded by police officers. As reports a press - service Ministry of Emergency Situations, by 21:00 Moscow time ignitions in all 26 apartments were liquidated. 220 people and 70 pieces of equipment took part in suppression of the fires.

As reports TASS with reference to the representative of capital Head investigative department Yulia Ivanova, «upon ignition in several apartments when carrying out repair work on gas substation investigation verification is carried out». The representative of management of SK on Moscow Yulia Ivanova confirmed information on the beginning of investigation verification upon explosions in the west of Moscow. «Tomorrow morning we will report results of check» , - Ivanova told.

According to the correspondent of RBC, being on a place of events, by data at 22:30 Moscow time, around state of emergency the smell of burning and gas is still caught. Near the house No. 18 on Shelepikhinskoye Highway will develop operational staff. The traffic in this area is blocked off. On a place of state of emergency there are cars of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, ambulance, Mosgas, and also firefighters and police officers

Later the quantity injured with accident in gas-distributing system increased in Presnensky district of Moscow and the subsequent fires to 12 people, reported in capital department of the Ministry of Emergency Measures of Russia.

«According to the specified data, as a result of incident near Shelepikhinskaya Embankment 12 people suffered, one of them was hospitalized» , - the interlocutor of agency reported.

According to him, all 600 people were evacuated.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 16, 2014 at 7:24pm


One injured in explosion in Turkish school

One injured in explosion in Turkish school

The building sustained huge damage due to the explosion. (Photo: DHA)

November 16, 2014, Sunday/ 16:01:12

A man was injured when an explosion ripped apart a primary school building in the southern district of Manavgat in Antalya province on Sunday.

The man, identified as 44-year-old Hasan Durşan, was taken to a hospital for treatment. He sustained second-degree burns over his body, private news agency Doğan reported.

A fire that broke out after the explosion was extinguished by fire brigades dispatched to the area.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by a gas leak in the building. The explosion is likely to have taken place when Durşan, who manages the school cafeteria, turned on the lights upon entering the building, District Governor Emir Osman Bulgurlu said.

and another explosion:


House explosion kills mother, injures son in Mississippi Co.

Posted: Nov 15, 2014 3:35 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 16, 2014 12:44 AM EST

KEISER, AR (KAIT) - -The Mississippi County Sheriff's Department said a 90-year-old woman died and her 62-year-old son was injured in a house explosion in Keiser Saturday.

The explosion happened at around 11:15 a.m. at the 200-block of South Poplar Street.

The Keiser Fire Chief Joseph Richmond said Roger Willbanks and his mother Gladys Willbanks were in the front part of the home when it exploded.  

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Chief Richmond said it could be several days before they know the cause. 

Our reporter on scene said she saw crews bring the mother's body out of the residence at around 2:15 p.m. Fire crews said she was killed in the accident. The fire chief said Roger was airlifted to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, but his condition is unknown at this time.

Fire crews worked into the night to put out hot spots. This is the second house explosion in Mississippi County in the past week. A house in Osceola exploded because of a gas leak.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 16, 2014 at 2:14am


Four Killed in Texas Chemical Plant Explosion



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