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 June 8, 2016 at 6:30pm



KIRKUK — A pipeline transferring oil from the Havana field southwest of Kirkuk to the Ceyhan port suffered an explosion on Wednesday (June 8), a source from North Oil Company said.

The source told NRT the oil pipeline from the Havana field exploded on Kirkuk-Dubiz Road on Wednesday due to a “terrorist act.”

“There was no oil in the pipeline at the time of the explosion because oil is not currently being exported from that field [Havana],” the source added.

The source said an investigation is now underway.

The Havana oil field located southwest of Kirkuk is under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Natural Resources.

This is not the first time oil pipelines and wells in Kirkuk province have been damaged by explosions this year.

Kirkuk’s Provincial Police Chief, Brig. Sarhad Qader, told NRT last month that two oil wells had caught on fire due to explosions in the Khabbazz oil field, 20 km southwest of Kirkuk.

There was an explosion caused by an IED near an oil pipeline in the village of Saralu in the Sargarn sub-district west of Kirkuk in February.

An explosion at a gas pipeline near Kirkuk in the Shwan sub-district resulted in a massive fire in late January.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 5, 2016 at 7:48pm


JUNE 5, 2016 9:03 AM

Roads closed, power out after gas leak near Patterson

Explosion reported early Sunday

Pacific Gas & Electric employees are on the scene to examine the leak. The Turlock Irrigation District shut off power; it’s not clear how large the outage is but residents from several miles away report having no power at 8:50 a.m.

The leak occurred near TID’s Marshall substation south of Patterson, said district spokesman Calvin Curtin, so the substation has been shut down while PG&E repairs its line. The substation serves Diablo Grande, portions of Patterson and possibly Newman and Gustine, he said.

District troubleshooters are in the field, working to reroute power to restore service to customers, Curtin said at about 10 a.m.

The irrigation district’s Walnut Energy Center, which uses natural gas for fuel, also could be affected by the leak, Curtin said

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 5, 2016 at 7:16pm


Sri Lanka ammunition dump explodes, thousands flee

A key military ammunition dump in Sri Lanka exploded Sunday showering shrapnel over a large area on the edge of the capital forcing thousands to flee to safety, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties at the Salawa military camp where security forces are known to store some of their heavy weaponry and ammunition, including rockets, police said.

Residents in Salawa, 36 kilometres (26 miles) east of Colombo, were seen leaving their homes as police reported shrapnel hitting the main highway as well as the built-up neighbourhood.

Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva, who was travelling in the area, said there was traffic chaos as residents escaped.

"Pretty chaotic scenes on the road...," he said on Twitter. "I am estimating that thousands are evacuating."

The night sky was lit with a bright orange glow and the area shook at regular intervals. Flying debris could be seen from three kilometres away, an AFP photographer said.

"We have closed the road and asked all residents to leave out of consideration for their safety," a police officer at the scene told AFP.

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said fire trucks were able to reach the site about three hours after the blaze started.

"The fire had quickly spread to two ammunition dumps and it was difficult to put out the fire because the fire trucks could not reach the place," Ratnayake told reporters.

He said the cause of the blast was not known, but the Criminal Investigation Department had been asked to investigate.

Colombo health chief Palitha Mahipala said all hospitals were on red alert, but there were no reports of any casualties directly linked to the incident.

Military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera confirmed the fire and explosions at the Salawa military complex, but said it was too early to say what had caused it.

The explosion was the worst at a military installation since the end of Sri Lanka's decades-long Tamil separatist war in May 2009.

In June 2009, there was a similar, but a much less intense explosion at an army ammunition dump in the northern district of Vavuniya, 250 kilometres north of Colombo, leaving several soldiers injured.

Government forces crushed Tamil Tiger rebels in a no-holds-barred military campaign that also triggered allegations of up to 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians being killed in government bombardments.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 3, 2016 at 6:42am


65 workers hospitalized due to gas poisoning in Turkey’s west

AA photo

AA photo

Some 65 workers were taken to hospital due to gas poisoning at a factory in the Çerkezköy district of the western province of Tekirdağ on June 2. 

The workers were reportedly poisoned by gas leaked from a chemical factory in the Çerkezköy organized industrial zone. 

An explosion occurred during glue production in the chemical factory, causing gas to spread around the factory and the surrounding area. The cause of the blast is still unknown. 

The workers in the factory and around it were taken to the Çerkezköy State Hospital and other private hospitals in the province after being exposed to the gas. Their condition is not said to be life-threatening.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 2, 2016 at 7:17am


Auto parts supplier Aisin Advics reports explosion at Japan plant

PUBLISHED: 10:40 AM, MAY 31, 2016
UPDATED: 11:00 AM, MAY 31, 2016

TOKYO - Japanese auto parts supplier Aisin Advics Co said on Monday there had been an explosion at one of its plants in central Japan, and that it was establishing the extent of damage which may impact the supply chains of its customers.

The company specializes in braking systems and is a major supplier to Toyota Motor Corp.

It said that the gas explosion at its plant in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, the nation's automaking heartland, occurred near one of its paint lines, injuring four people.

Aisin Advics is majority owned by Aisin Seiki Co, a Toyota group supplier, and operates two production plants in central Japan, and manufactures globally.

Toyota has suffered production delays this year due to supply chain disruptions caused by damage to a plant operated by an Aisin Seiki subsidiary following earthquakes in southern Japan, and a fire at a steel plant owned by Aichi Steel Corp, another major supplier. REUTERS

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 2, 2016 at 6:24am


Transformer explodes into fireball at SRP substation in Avondale

Posted: Jun 01, 2016 9:11 AM EDTUpdated: Jun 01, 2016 2:19 PM EDT


A transformer at a Salt River Project substation in Avondale exploded into a fireball Wednesday morning.

A plume of thick, black smoke was seen for miles.

[SLIDESHOW: Fire at SRP substation in Avondale]

The facility is located at 119th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

SRP spokesman Scott Harelson said a 27,000 gallon tank of mineral oil that keeps the transformers cool was burning.

He described the fire and smoke as "non-toxic."

It wasn't clear yet what caused the mineral oil to catch fire.

Our news helicopter above the scene showed the fire was confined to the one transformer.

Firefighters were seen waiting to enter the substation until it was deemed safe. SRP linemen had to first reroute electricity before allowing fire crews to enter.

No outages were immediately reported.

Once it was safe, firefighters used to foam to extinguish the flames.

SRP was assessing damage and helping fire officials determine a cause.

Harelson said the substation imports power from suppliers outside the SRP system. He added there's no indication that the fire will cause a supply problem for the utility.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 2, 2016 at 5:19am



UPDATE: Monroe Fire Department Investigating Home Explosion

Published 06/01 2016 03:42AM

Updated 06/01 2016 06:51PM

UPDATE (6/1/16 10:30 a.m.):

According to Monroe Fire Department's Chief David Hill, Monroe Fire Department is working along with Atmos Energy and pipeliners to investigate the cause of the house explosion that happened early this morning.

Chief Hill said the people were asleep at the time of the explosion and were transported to LSU in Shreveport.

They are currently in the burn center.

Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Chief Hill said the people were able to get out of the home on their own.

According to the Monroe Fire Department, a house in the 1300-block of S. 8th Street in Monroe reportedly exploded shortly before 1am Wednesday.

Police say there were people inside the home at the time of the explosion. 

Police say that at least one person was injured. No word at this time if there have been other injuries.

The incident has the neighborhood shaken.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 28, 2016 at 5:00am



Updated: May 28, 2016 05:43 IST

Dombivli chemical factory blast: NDRF allays poisonous gas fears

THE DAY AFTER:A Fire Brigade official directs operations at the site of the explosion in Dombivli on Friday; rescue workers sift through the rubble—Photos: Levin Raju
THE DAY AFTER:A Fire Brigade official directs operations at the site of the explosion in Dombivli on Friday; rescue workers sift through the rubble—Photos: Levin Raju

Death toll rises to 11 as rescue teams continue operations; cause of explosion still unknown

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials said on Friday that there was no risk of poisonous gases spreading in Dombivli and causing further harm to locals, as the chemical found inside the ill-fated factory is only harmful if touched, ingested or inhaled directly.

The explosion inside the Probace Chemicals factory, which killed 11 people and left more than 100 injured on Thursday, had given rise to several rumours, one of which was that the explosion had polluted the air with poisonous gases.

“The factory contained containers of propargyl alcohol, a liquid chemical which is toxic if ingested or inhaled and causes corrosion if it comes into contact with human skin. However, it does not spread toxic components in the air if it burns,” Commandant Anupam Srivastava, who heads the NDRF battalion in Pune, said. A team of 45 NDRF personnel has been working in collaboration with local authorities in Dombivli since Thursday.

The cause of the explosion, however, is still a mystery. While propargyl alcohol burns when it comes into contact with fire, it is not volatile enough to cause an explosion. It caused a fire immediately after the explosion, but rescue operations picked up speed after the fire was brought under control.

“The debris had heated up due to the fire, but not to the extent that it could not be cleared using machines. However, there was a very large amount of debris that had to be cleared and we also had to keep the locals, who were gathering at the spot, at bay. The clearing of the debris is 90 per cent complete and the operation is expected to end by Friday night,” Mr. Srivastava said. He added that the factory is completely reduced to rubble and all that is left of it is a crater 25 feet in diameter.

The fears of a poisonous gas affecting continued till late on Friday due to rumours. “A lot of us were afraid to stay in our houses on Friday and preferred to stay away. There are a lot of people here who are talking about poisonous gas leaks and we don’t know who to believe,” said local resident Raju Nalawade.

On Friday, a panchnama of buildings whose window panes were shattered due to the blast was carried out to gauge the extent of damage and compensation. Locals, meanwhile, insisted that chemical factories be moved out of the area. “The area was cordoned off throughout the day, so nobody could see what was going on. However, this unfortunate incident is a real eye-opener for the administration in Dombivli. We hope that all these dangerous chemical factories will be moved out,” said Madhukar Bele, a resident.

According to the police, the incident occurred around 11.45 a.m. in a plant owned by the Acharya Chemicals group in Dombivili (east), which manufactures industrial chemicals. The complex also has a laboratory, Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical and Research Laboratory.

The police and the fire brigade have initiated a probe into the cause of the explosion.

The explosion was so powerful that window panes in buildings located as far away as a km from the site were shattered.

The blast has forced the government to consider shifting hazardous industries out of inhabited areas. Thane’s Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, who visited the site of the chemical factory blast on Thursday, said steps will be taken to shift factories to avoid similar tragedies.

Chemical industries in Dombivali are likely to be shut down for a week to carry out an inspection and combing operation to ascertain implementation of various safety and security measures.

While propargyl alcohol burns when it comes into contact with fire, it is not volatile enough to cause an explosion

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 28, 2016 at 4:30am


'Homes shake' after Whitstable gas main explodes

An open gas mains fire caused homes to "shake" after it exploded on the Kent estuary, witnesses have said.

Stephanie Harris said there was a "sudden" and "huge explosion" at Estuary View Business Park in Whitstable which was felt nearby.

Crews from Kent Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene tackling the blaze, which is now under control.

One man has been taken to hospital while another was treated at the scene, the service said.

All persons have been accounted for, it added.

The exact cause of the fire is yet to be established.

However, Ms Harris said "construction workers have been working on the gas pipes" in the area.

Southern Gas Networks is working to isolate the gas supply. Roads in the area remain closed and local gas supplies are likely to be affected, the fire service said.

A safety cordon has been set up and fire crews are using jets of water known as ground monitors to prevent the fire from spreading.

Comment by SongStar101 on May 26, 2016 at 6:27am

Hundreds of natural gas leaks identified in major US cities – study


From Boston to Dallas, hundreds of methane leaks were detected by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) during a 30-month pilot research project on the gas and its contribution to greenhouse emissions.

EDF released its latest map for Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, which showed the locations of hundreds of underground gas leaks.

For research data, EDF partnered with Google Earth Outreach and Atmos Energy, which operates local gas pipelines in Dallas. By placing gas sensors on cars that provide mapping for Google Street View, EDF gathered data for more than a year. The testing was conducted in 17 Dallas neighborhoods, though not citywide, covering 700 miles between January and February of 2015.

“Smaller or more remote leaks can go undetected or unrepaired for long periods,” said EDF in a statement.

The Dallas map shows dots of yellow, orange and red. Yellow dots mean the methane leak is low, orange indicates a medium leak, and red dots show large leaks.

While such leaks don’t pose immediate health hazards, the emissions are not good for the environment. Methane is 84 percent more potent than carbon dioxide and makes up about 25 percent of all emissions. Apart from the environmental destruction, there is a cost to residents.

“This is absolutely not a safety issue,” Jennifer Altieri, an Atmos spokeswoman told the Dallas Morning News. “We really don’t want to scare the public.”

The company said it has invested in a capital project to the tune of more than $1 billion a year, over 80 percent of which is directed toward improving the safety and reliability of its system, while reducing methane emissions. Atmos is planning to replace all of its cast iron and bare steel pipes by 2021. Those materials make up about 13 percent of the gas mains and are prone to leaking. About half the company’s mains are more than 50 years old.

Altieri said the company traced the paths of the Google cars to confirm the readings and make sure major leaks were repaired. She didn’t know exactly how many leaks had been fixed as a result of the project’s findings, but said it would have been a small number.

EDF said the sensors are “designed to find and measure leaks that wouldn’t necessarily turn up or warrant repair based on safety concerns alone.”

In 2012, the non-profit environmental group started a research project to gain a better understand of how much and from where methane escapes by looking at how much was emitted during oil and gas activities, especially during production, while taking into account the few regulations aimed at keeping air pollutants in check.

The program was developed with scientists from Colorado State University. Dallas is one of nine participating cities, which include Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Jacksonville, Florida.

It was EDF that released infrared aerial footage showing a huge plume of methane gas leaking from the SoCal Gas Company’s Porter Ranch site into the affluent San Fernando Valley community. The leak continued unabated for over two months, and its fumes made many residents sick, causing many to leave for temporary housing.

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