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 July 15, 2014 at 2:51am


Power Plant Explosion in Puerto Rico kills one, three wounded

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 13, 2014 at 6:16am


Three killed, eight injured in İstanbul gas explosion

Three killed, eight injured in İstanbul gas explosion

Firefighters try to extinguish fire after a blast in İstanbul. (Photo: Cihan)

July 12, 2014, Saturday/ 22:48:01/ REUTERS / ISTANBUL

Three persons were killed and eight were injured, one critically, in a gas explosion at a packaging workshop in İstanbul on Saturday, local media reported.

"It's not certain whether one person remains under the debris. Rescue teams are searching meticulously," İstanbul police chief Selami Altınok told reporters at the blast site.

Rescue teams dug bodies from the debris some seven hours after the explosion, media reports said.

The accident was caused by either a gas leak or an exploding gas canister, İstanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu said, ruling out the possibility of a terrorist attack.

On Friday, one person died and 36 were injured in a gas explosion at a bakery in the city of Denizli, southwestern Turkey, the disaster management agency said. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2014 at 10:01pm


Fire crews called after explosion at electricity substation in Millstone Lane, Leicester

By Leicester Mercury  |  Posted: July 11, 2014

By Samantha Fisher

The five-storey building in Millstone Lane, Leicester, after the blast

The five-storey building in Millstone Lane, Leicester, after the blast

A second substation has exploded in Leicester in the space of 11 days.

The blast happened at about 10pm yesterday in Millstone Lane, in the city centre, wiping out power to 260 nearby properties.

The explosion followed a similar incident at a substation in Sanvey Gate, off St Margaret’s Way in the city, on Monday, June 30.

In both cases, the blast was due to an electrical fault.

However, Western Power Distribution said it did not think the two explosions were linked.

The substation in the latest incident is on the ground floor of a five-storey disused office block, opposite the Criterion pub.

The explosion blew a window and a piece of metal grating out of the building, and caused smoke damage to the facade.

Mark Etchells, 27, was working in the Spar shop opposite the substation when the blast happened.

He said: “I was serving a customer then all of a sudden we heard a large bang. We went to the door and the building opposite us was ablaze.

“I could see a huge amount of smoke coming out of one side.”

He said metal grating, about 3m x 4m, had shot out of the building.

Mark, who lives in the city centre, added: “For about five or 10 minutes a bright orange glow was coming out of the building.

“It was getting choky with all of the smoke around. It was like a burning plastic smell, really thick, and it was really hard to breathe. I tried to hold my breath.”

He said that when the police arrived, the building he was in was evacuated.

Criterion pub manager Russell Hunt said that at about 10pm, all the power in his building cut out.

“It sounded like something was winding down, like a system was going down,” he said.

“The first thing we saw was the smoke. We had to evacuate everyone - we had 30 or 40 people to get out.

“It looked quite serious. My main concern was getting everyone out of the building.”

The blast happened on the opposite side of the building to the one which faces the Criterion.

“There was no heat from this side,” said Russell. “But a couple of hours later you could still smell the traces - it was an electrical smell, rather than burning. It was very much the smell of electrical damage.”

He said that when emergency services arrived, the area around the building was cordoned off.

”The streets were full of residents who had been in their accommodation with no power,” said Russell.

“It was quite disconcerting to have no street lights, no traffic lights and all the buildings out.”

As spokesman from Western Power said: “The cause of the incident is being investigated, but it is believed that it was caused by the failure of a cable component in the substation.

“It is not thought to be linked to the incident a couple of weeks ago.”

The company’s engineers worked to re-route the supply and 50 minutes after the explosion had happened 130 buildings had power restored.

The remaining buildings, as well as the traffic lights on Vaughan Way, had their power back by 5am, supplied by a generator.

“Our engineers worked through the night to restore power supplies to those affected as quickly as possible and to minimise disruption, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“We have around 1,100 substations across Leicester - all of which are covered by a regular programme of inspection and maintenance.

“The equipment at the substation in Millstone Lane had been inspected within the last 12 months as part of our routine programme and no problems were identified.

“Once the outcome of the investigation is known, we will be able to determine whether any further actions are required.”

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2014 at 11:17am


Several injured as gas leak triggers blast in western Turkish city

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 8, 2014 at 8:14am


July 8 2014 03:58am

Gas pipeline explosion injures six in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: At least six people were injured as a gas pipeline at the Laraib Inn hotel located in G-9 Markaz, Islamabad, exploded early on Tuesday morning, Express News reported.

According to initial reports, leakage from a gas pipeline at the hotel led to the explosion.

Bomb Disposal Squad was rushed to the site soon after the explosion to inspect and investigate the cause of the blast. An official who inspected the site said “no traces of gunpowder were found.”

The injured were shifted to PIMS hospital for treatment.

Rescue efforts are under way.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 6, 2014 at 6:34am


State media: 17 miners trapped underground after gas explosion in western China mine

July 05, 2014 - 11:55 pm EDT

BEIJING — Rescuers on Sunday worked to free 17 miners trapped following a gas explosion at a coal mine in western China, the country's official news agency reported.

The blast at the mine 120 kilometers (70 miles) from Urumqi, the capital of the sprawling Xinjiang region, happened on Saturday evening, according to the Xinhua News Agency. It said three other people working inside the mine at the time had been rescued.

China has the world's deadliest mines, although the safety record has been improving in recent years as regulators have strengthened enforcement of safety rules.

Xinhua said the pit is mined by Dahuangshan Yuxin Coal Mining Co. Ltd., owned by the sixth agricultural division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. It is a paramilitary organization that was revived by the central government in the 1980s to aid the region's construction and development.

Calls to the organization rang unanswered on Sunday. A duty officer at Xinjiang work safety bureau said he had no information about the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 3, 2014 at 9:30am


Crowd looks on in terror as emergency crews tackle manhole blast in Piccadilly

An investigation was today launched into the cause of a dramatic pavement explosion in the West End.

Flames and thick black smoke spewed from a manhole outside BAFTA’s Piccadilly HQ following a series of small explosions said to have been sparked by an underground electrical fault at 11pm.

Crowds of revellers gathered at a police cordon as a five-strong team of firemen dragged a white box-van away from the manhole to prevent flames from engulfing the vehicle.

Eyewitnesses today told of their fear at the fire yards from celebrity hotspot Le Meridian Hotel and upscale food store Fortnum and Mason’s and the Royal Academy.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 3, 2014 at 9:27am


Multiple underground explosions close parts of Broad Street

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 30, 2014 at 7:10pm


No injuries reported in ethanol plant explosion
Monday, 30 June 2014 09:49

Fire trucks and other emergency responders arrive at Conestoga Energy’s Arkalon Ethanol Plant shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday after reports of an explosion in a natural gas burner on the plant’s feed dryer system. No one was injured in the incident, according to authorities. L&T photos/Chris Linenbroker

Firefighters responded to an explosion Sunday evening at Conestoga Energy’s Arkalon Ethanol Plant. Fortunately, no one was injured from the blast or subsequent fire, according to Seward County Fire Chief Mike Rice.

“We got the page at 7:04 p.m. (Sunday) about a possible explosion at the plant at 8000 Road P,” Rice said earlier today. “Preliminary reports from plant staff is they had a natural gas explosion in a combustion burner in the feed dryer system on the second floor.”

Firefighters had contained the fire and left the scene at 3:18 a.m. today, but were called back out at 5:23 a.m.

“We’re, basically, on standby right now (9:27 a.m.) while plant staff cuts some holes in equipment so they can get to some smoldering insulation that’s around some of the piping and duct work in that area,” Rice said.

Though no injuries occurred in the incident, Rice said preliminary reports indicate significant damage was caused by the explosion.

“Early, early damages  – from reports of the plant’s staff – indicate damages could be in the $1- to $2-million range,” Rice said.

The exact cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, and Rice said further investigation is under way.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 28, 2014 at 11:21pm


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Some scary moments for a couple of highway department workers Friday morning in Pikeville.

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a gas explosion that sent a portion of the garage's concrete floor flying into the air.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office and Highway Department spent much of the day investigating after they believe methane caused a small gas explosion inside the garage.

It happened sometime around 6 a.m. at the garage on North Mayo Trail right next to Pikeville High School.

Mary Westfall-Holbrook says, "This is our main equipment building....where we work on snow plows, dump trucks....just all of our equipment in District 12."

Two workers, who are the safety coordinator and facilities manager, were inside the building. After making sure they each were okay they immediately called for help.

Pikeville Public Safety Director Paul Maynard says, "We immediately had all utilities shut off to the building...including gas and electric...and started to do our assessment of what had happened."

Most of the damage is contained to the floor, which the workers inside say flew up at least 3 feet in the air.

Crews dealt with high gas levels throughout the morning but eventually could get inside to investigate.

Maynard says, "Once we got the building ventilated and could remove the concrete debris from the explosion, we discovered there was an abandoned room that had been concreted over for several years. It was flooded...once we got that out we discovered this was not a natural gas leak."

Instead officials discovered a methane build up inside of that room.

Maynard says, "Anytime you have a gas explosion it is a volitile situation. In this case, it was contained but it could have been much worse."

Highway officials do not know at this point how long they will keep this garage closed but are planning to disperse the mechanics who are based here throughout the other garages in their district if needed.

Investigators have not determined what caused the methane buildup to ignite. 



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