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 March 22, 2019 at 6:42am


Dozens killed in massive explosion at Chinese chemical plant

Date created : 22/03/2019 - 05:04

The death toll from a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China surged to 47 on Friday, making it one of the country's worst industrial accidents in recent years.

More than 600 people are receiving medical treatment following Thursday afternoon's blast at the industrial park in Yancheng, said the city government on its official Twitter-like Weibo account.

Among them, at least 90 are seriously injured. City officials had previously said that at least 12 people were killed and 30 injured in the explosion in Jiangsu province.

The explosion was so powerful that it apparently triggered a small earthquake, knocked down several factory buildings and shattered the windows of homes a few kilometres away.

"We knew we'd be blown up one day," said one 60-year-old woman surnamed Xiang.

She said she had harboured concerns about safety and pollution at the site for a long time.

Hundreds of rescuers have been dispatched to the scene, local authorities said, and more than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the blast site.

The blaze from the explosion has been extinguished, said local officials Friday, after firefighters battled raging flames through the night. Three chemical tanks and five other areas had been on fire.

Authorities, who are investigating the cause of the accident, said an unspecified number of people were taken into police custody.

The chemical facility involved in the explosion belonged to Tianjiayi Chemical, a firm with 195 employees established in 2007.

According to local officials, the Jiangsu-based company mainly produced raw chemical materials, including anisole, a highly flammable compound.

Abandoned homes

The force of the explosion blew out windows and dented metal garage doors of buildings as far as four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the site, said AFP reporters at the scene.

Nearby residents -- many of them elderly -- have started sweeping up glass, and in some cases, seemed to have abandoned their homes entirely. Black smoke could still be seen rising from the chemical plant on Friday morning before dissipating.

On the road where Xiang lived, consisting of basic two-storey homes, almost all the windows and some window frames were blown in.

The woman was sitting at home when the explosion occurred and said the force rocked her house and badly damaged her front door.

There was no immediate government help, she said, and residents were clearing the street themselves.

Workers trapped

Images broadcast on local media showed how the blast toppled factory buildings, trapping workers inside. State broadcaster CCTV showed rescuers pulling a survivor from the wreckage.

Workers covered in blood were seen running out of the factory, said official news agency Xinhua on Thursday, citing witnesses.

An aerial view of the blast area showed a large swath of destruction in the industrial park, where multiple fires had initially raged.

Deadly industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced.

In November, a gas leak at a plant in the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics killed 24 people and injured 21 others.

A report published by local authorities last month revealed that the Chinese chemical firm responsible for the accident had concealed information and misled investigators.

In 2015, China saw one of its worst industrial accidents when giant chemical blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin killed at least 165 people.

The explosions caused more than $1 billion in damage and sparked widespread anger at a perceived lack of transparency over the accident's causes and its environmental impact.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 16, 2019 at 6:06pm


Fire burns out of control at Phillips 66 oil refinery in Carson

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 1:09AM
CARSON, Calif. (KABC) -- Firefighters battled a raging blaze at an oil refinery in Carson on Friday. 

Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the massive fire at about 7:20 p.m. at the Phillips 66 oil refinery in the 1500 block of E. Sepulveda Boulevard. 
Refinery officials told firefighters the blaze was a reported seal fire in a crude oil pump. 

L.A. County fire officials said the fire involved three of four crude oil pumps with flames in the seals. The pumps have been shut down. 

LACoFD Incident Alerts@lacfd

REFINERY FIRE | FS127 #Carson | 1520 E Sepulveda Blvd | UPDATE: BC7 is now in command. Fire involving 3 of 4 crude oil pumps with fire in the seals on the pumps. All units in offensive mode. Pumps have been shut down. No exposures to adjacent crude oil tanks. #PhillipsIC #LACoFD

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In addition to trying to put out the flames, extra attention had to be given to adjacent components. As the firefight continued, the blaze appeared to be contained to the origin of the fire. 

No injuries were reported, and no evacuations were put in place. 
After more than two hours, fire officials declared a knockdown shortly after 9:30 p.m. 

LACoFD Incident Alerts@lacfd

REFINERY FIRE | FS127 #Carson | 1520 E Sepulveda Blvd | UPDATE: Incident Commander declaring Knockdown on all active fire after 2 hours and 47 minutes. No injuries reported. #PhillipsIC #LACoFD

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After the knockdown, firefighters stayed on scene to try and cool things down. 

A hazmat team with the L.A. County Fire Department was called to determine the air quality in the area. 

No alerts were immediately sent from the city of Carson.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 8, 2019 at 5:49am


Witnesses recall refinery explosion: ‘It felt like there was an earthquake’

It’s a calm Thursday evening in Great Falls after an explosion and fire at the Calumet refinery.

Emergency crews were called to the refinery along 10th Street and Smelter Avenue at around 1:15 p.m. Responders worked for about three hours to put out two fires following the explosion.

Witness reactions flooded social media with firsthand accounts calling the immediate aftermath chaotic.

Ryan Johannesen was working at Mountain View Co-Op directly across the road from the refinery when he felt the explosion.

“It felt like there was an earthquake in the building,” he said. “The windows were rattling and stuff and I looked up and there were flames probably eighty feet in the air.”

Johannesen said he was afraid for the safety of anyone who might have been near the explosion.

“It scared me. I mean, that’s a pretty close call. It could have been a lot worse with the two gas stations. I’m just glad nobody got hurt,” he said.

Dawn Wood, owner of HCL Equipment and Country Boys Welding located along Old Havre Highway, told MTN News she was talking to her employees when they heard a loud boom.

“My front door, my office door, opened and closed and my dog started barking so I went out and I was looking,” she said. “I thought somebody hit my building with the car, but it wasn’t. I seen the smoke and the fire coming from the refinery and I was like, ‘Oh my god, the refinery’s exploded.’ I was terrified because I know what they make there.”

Calumet Montana Refining released a statement at 2:39 p.m. confirming all plant personnel were accounted for and no injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion is being investigated.

The Montana Department of Transportation reported all roads within a half-mile radius of the refinery were blocked during the incident. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, all roads were open.

Fire and police units cleared the scene around 4 p.m.

Both North Middle School and Sacajawea Elementary School were under a shelter in place during the incident.

Businesses close to the refinery were evacuated including the Montana Club, the Mountain View Co-Op stores, and the Great Falls Animal Shelter. Mountain View Co-Op employees were allowed back in the store around 4 p.m.

Responding agencies included Great Falls Fire Rescue, the Great Falls Police Department, the Montana Highway Patrol, and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.

We will update you with any new information.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 3, 2019 at 12:52am


More than 50 people missing after explosion in Nigeria

Dozens of people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria.

More than 50 people are feared missing following the blast, local officials said.

The Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, said that the blast caused a massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state.

The Nembe trunk line is operated by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group and carries crude to the Bonny export terminal.

Video from the scene shows a large blaze from the ruptured pipeline as villagers look on

One person can be heard in the background saying: "If they turn off the oil well from the station, the pressure inside the pipeline would reduce, causing the flame to burn out."

It is not immediately clear if the pipeline has been shut down. Aiteo is yet to comment on the explosion.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 2, 2019 at 6:45am


Scores ‘missing’ in Bayelsa gas explosion

Published Date Mar 2, 2019 4:46 AM

Some indigenes of Nembe communities including Nembe Creek 1, 2 and 3, Jalungo, Fatuo and Kalablomi are said to be missing when a gas exploded from the Nembe Creek Trunk, operated by Aiteo Company occurred early morning of Friday.

It was gathered that the explosion caused panic among the communities.

The incident, which occurred at about 4a.m. near Oil Well 7, sacked indigenes of the affected communities and many are reported missing including women and children.

According to a source, the company had shut the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) for emergency repairs following the detection of an oil leakage.

The spokesman of the Nembe Chiefs Council, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, confirmed the development and described it as massive destruction of the area with air and water heavily polluted.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 25, 2019 at 4:57am


Wellhead explosion seriously burns one person in southwest Wyoming

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 20, 2019 at 2:23am


No injuries from explosion at ArcelorMittal plant in Mexico: company

February 19, 2019 / 12:11 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An explosion at slag tanks at ArcelorMitall’s steel plant in Lazaro Cardenas in western Mexico on Tuesday caused no injuries, the world’s biggest steel-making said in a statement.

“There was a thermal reaction in our slag pools, which produced a roar that was perceived by the city, without causing harm to people,” the company’s Mexican unit said in a tweet.

Video footage published Mexican media showed an explosion and large flames reportedly at the site.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 12, 2019 at 8:30pm


Center City underground explosion under investigation

Firefighters in Philadelphia are investigating an underground explosion in Center City on Tuesday afternoon.
It's happening on 20th Street between Chestnut and Ranstead streets.
Fire officials tell Action News that just before 7:45 a.m. a large noise was heard underground. Firefighters arrived on scene with smoke coming up from a manhole cover.
Firefighters have evacuated a nearby building after received strong carbon monoxide readings.
There have been reports of damage to a dry cleaning shop and a nearby coffee shop.
No injuries have been reported at this time.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 12, 2019 at 7:48pm


Residential building collapses in Turkey after explosion

An explosion collapsed a residential building in Turkey's Gaziantep Province.

Axar.az reports citing Anadolu News Agency.

According to preliminary information, three people got injured and the condition of one victim is critical. Reportedly, the cause of the explosion was a gas leak. Firefighters and rescuers work at the explosion site.

Other details of the incident are not reported.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 12, 2019 at 3:01am


3 injured in industrial explosion at energy plant west of Edmonton

February 11, 2019 8:38 pm

Three people were hurt — one critically — in an explosion and fire at a renewable energy plant near Entwistle, Alta., on Monday.

“I felt the explosion,” said Kyle Wickstrom, who was one kilometre away. “It was nuts.”

It happened at Pinnacle Renewable Energy, which is about 100 kilometres west of Edmonton.

“There was an industrial explosion and a fire,” Parkland County Fire Chief Brian Cornforth said.

Emergency crews were called at around 2:30 p.m. There were about 20 fire, EMS and incident support unit vehicles at the plant at 5 p.m.

“We had fire on the industrial area and several injured people,” Cornforth said. “We treated the folks that were injured as well as began our fire-fighting operations.”

A spokesperson for STARS said a man, about 28 years old, was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in critical condition.

Cornforth couldn’t provide details on the other patients’ conditions, the nature of their injuries or their ages and genders.

“Parkland County crews are evaluating the situation and the first priority is life safety,” said Rebecca Lewicki, a senior communications officer for Parkland County.

By 5 p.m., fire crews were focused on containing the scene, which presented some challenges during the initial response.

“It’s an industrial setting and there’s a lot of structural steel that was damaged. We’re worried about debris,” Fornforth said. “The cold is very hard on the firefighters. We’re making sure they make rotational changes on their shifts.”

The CFO for Pinnacle told Global News she couldn’t say how many people were hurt but said nobody’s injuries were life-threatening. She said the company is working with Occupational Health and Safety to determine what caused the incident.

Alberta Labour confirmed Occupational Health and Safety had been notified and a team was heading to the scene.

No further details were provided.

On its website, Pinnacle is described as “one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial wood pellets, which are used by large-scale thermal power generators as a greener alternative to produce reliable baseload renewable power.”

The company currently operates eight wood pellet production facilities in Western Canada.

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