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 7, 2017 at 9:34pm


Phoenix Fire: Gas explosion at laundromat throws 2 people into parking lot

6:57 PM, Mar 5, 2017
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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 4, 2017 at 1:02am


BREAKING: Soho Evacuated After Gas Explosion in London

A gas explosion in the heart of London’s Soho has evacuated pubs and offices this evening.

Police cordoned off roads and asked people to leave pubs and bars in the area of Archer Street, acceding to The Sun. 

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the explosion was due to gas.

People panicked by the sound of the explosion as they left work and poured into the area ahead of Friday night socialising took to social media.

Transport for London said the area had been closed off as part of a “major emergency services incident”.

The area in the centre of London is popular with tourists and people heading to the many theatres and restaurants in the West End.

Another person working on Rupert Street posted their office had been evacuated.

People reported a large number of police arriving in the busy area immediately after the explosion.

A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said there was no record of the service being called to the incident, which happened just after 6pm.

It is not clear exactly which building the explosion – which is thought to be from gas or electricity – came from.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on March 2, 2017 at 2:51pm

At least 8 dead, 20 missing in methane explosion at mine in western Ukraine

At least 8 dead, 20 missing in methane explosion at mine in western Ukraine

FILE PHOTO. Stepnaya mine. © miningwiki.ru

A methane gas explosion happened at a coal mine in western Ukraine. At least eight miners have been killed and dozens remain unaccounted for, local authorities reported.

The explosion happened at the Stepnaya mine in Lvov region.

The local emergency service put the number of fatalities at eight, with six workers escaping with injuries and 20 still unaccounted for. It added that of the 172 miners at the site, 34 worked in the shaft affected by the explosion.

A union head put the number of the dead at 11. 

There is a disaster at Stepnaya. Methane explosion. 11 dead,” Mihaylo Volinets, the head of the independent miners union of Ukraine, wrote on Facebook. 

The mine is part of Lvovugol, and has been in operation since 1978. It is rated as highly dangerous due to the high amounts of methane gas in the coal mined there.

Ukraine is currently in a state of emergency in the energy sector due to a shortage of coal needed for electricity and central heating.

Read more: https://www.rt.com/news/379173-ukraine-mine-methane-explosion/

Comment by M. Difato on February 28, 2017 at 4:05pm

Nigeria LNG, the operator of the 22 mtpa liquefied natural gas plant on Bonny Island, reported a pipeline explosion on Wednesday, February 22.


According to the company’s statement, the explosion went off “on a section of the Right of Way housing two gas transmission pipelines, one of which belongs to Nigeria LNG, about 3 kilometers from Rumuji in Rivers State.”

So far the cause of the explosion has not been determined NLNG sai, adding that no injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Nigeria LNG continues the investigation into possible reasons for the explosion that rocked its gas transmission system.

The company further urged the communities closest to the explosion site to stay clear for safety purposes while the investigation continues..."


Gas export threatened as explosion hits NLNG gas pipelines


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 26, 2017 at 7:16pm


Building Collapses After an Explosion in South Italy

Storyful26 February 2017

A three floor building collapsed in the city of Catania during the night of February 26 because of a gas leak, according to reports. One 84-years-old woman died and many people were injured and hospitalized.

The blast happened at 2.30 PM and caused severe injuries to a 10-months-old infant. An investigation for manslaughter was opened, but the explosion is believed to be accidentally cause

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 25, 2017 at 9:12pm


Explosion at Oklahoma gas well critically injured 3 people

By The Associated Press | 

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) - Four people were injured when a private natural gas well exploded in eastern Oklahoma.

Wagoner County Emergency Manager Heath Underwood says the explosion happened on Thursday night as contract workers were repairing a gas line near Wagoner, about 125 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Underwood says three workers were critically injured and two of them were flown from the scene by air ambulance.

The Tulsa World reports the gas line had been damaged by a truck earlier in the day.

Underwood says emergency responders cut off the gas line to the well and allowed the fire to burn out. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze despite high-risk wildfire conditions that sparked a grassfire in nearby Coweta.

and another in Nigeria:


Four die in Rivers gas explosion

25 February 2017   |   4:25 am

About four persons have been confirmed dead in the explosion that occurred at a gas pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Evekwu community in Emohua Council of Rivers State.

While counting their losses yesterday, residents of the communities, blamed the incident on neglect by the oil firm. They lamented that the company had failed to carry out maintenance of its equipment as stipulated by law, alleging that the explosion may have resulted due to bad leakages.

Speaking, Chris Idika, one of the community leaders in Evekwu, regretted that despite the loss of lives, the incident also destroyed the economic life of the people.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 19, 2017 at 10:57pm


Explosion, fire reported at oil refinery near Los Angeles

TORRANCE, Calif. — An explosion and fire erupted Saturday at a California oil refinery, exactly two years after a blast that crippled the plant and led to higher gasoline prices, authorities said.

No injuries were reported from the Torrance Refining Co. near Los Angeles, and there were no evacuations or damage to any buildings outside the refinery, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Treskes said.


A smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif.


Three dozen firefighters using heavy streams of water battled flames that rose 40 feet in the air, and the fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes, Treskes said.

“All safety systems at the refinery operated properly, and all personnel are safe and accounted for,” Betsy Brien, a spokeswoman for the refinery owner, New Jersey-based PBF Energy Inc., said in a statement.

There was no immediate word on damage or the cause of the blast.

However, most of the refinery continued to operate, Brien said.

The blast came on the anniversary of a Feb. 18, 2015, explosion that slightly injured four contractors, destroyed a large part of the refinery, rocked the neighboring community 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles and sent a fine white ash raining down on nearby homes and cars.

Later in the day, about 400 people gathered at the refinery in a previously planned protest to mark the anniversary and demand a ban on the use of a highly toxic and volatile chemical, modified hydrofluoric acid, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported (http://bit.ly/2lwBWri ).

The 2015 explosion involved a pollution-control device called a precipitator. Federal regulators later concluded that the explosion could have been prevented if managers had taken into account aging safety equipment and shut down a key, spark-generating part of the refinery before attempting repairs elsewhere.

The blast tossed an 80,000-pound piece of equipment within feet of another unit where tens of thousands of pounds of modified hydrofluoric acid were stored in tanks.

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board concluded that there was a potential to release a toxic cloud and cause “serious injury or death to many community members.”

California regulators also fined ExxonMobil — then-owner of the refinery — more than $500,000 for safety violations.

Most of the refinery was shut down for more than a year, leading to a shortage of gas that meets California’s stricter pollution regulations and higher prices at the pump.

Two other incidents were reported in the fall of 2015. One involved a leak of modified hydrofluoric acid and the other a leak in a pressurized pipe that created a large steam cloud. No injuries were reported.

The refinery sits on 750 acres and produces 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline a year, which accounts for about 8.3 percent of the state’s total refining capacity.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 18, 2017 at 1:56am


Six dead in gas explosion at Durban harbour

 / 17 February 2017, 2:07pm

A gas explosion at Durban harbour has claimed the lives of six men.

* This story has been updated.

Durban – Six men have died and 26 were injured in a freak gas leak in a sewer pit at the naval base in Durban harbour on Friday morning.

Paramedics arrived as rescue teams retrieved the bodies of six men from the sewer pit. Paramedics assessed all six men and declared them dead on the scene.

Twenty six others were treated and taken to various hospitals for gas inhilation injuries Of those who died in the "freak accident", three are army officials and three are civilians.

Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi said the three South African Defence Force members who died were trying to rescue three contract workers screaming for help at the bottom of a sewage pit after a gas leak. He said workers from the Department of Public Works were working in the sewage pit at the base. 

Read the full statement from the SANDF here

Mgobozi said the soldiers who heard the cries went into the pit to help but they were overcome by the fumes.

"The contract workers were working underground when they started encountering breathing problems. It has now been established that the members succumbed to a methane gas leak in the pit.

"The three uniform members rushed to the pit to try and assist but also succumbed to the harmful gas." 

He said the Military Police and SAPS would investigate.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 16, 2017 at 7:19am


Thousands lose power in Grant Co. due to substation 'explosion

EPHRATA, Wash. – About 10,000 people were without power in the Grant County area after a reported explosion at Grant County PUD substation.

People in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata were all impacted by the outage. At around 8:00 p.m. Grant County PUD said customers in Quincy and Soap Lake have had their power restored. Crews are still working to restore power to Ephrata. There's no estimation on when power will be restored to Ephrata, though officials did estimate it would take "several hours."

PUD officials said the reported explosion was an arc flash, meaning that there was a fault in the power line. It caused an explosion of light and sparks and multiple fires in the substation yard in Downtown Ephrata at Nat Washington and A Street. They said it last for about 45 seconds and they believe it was due to the weather.

Later, PUD officials said the explosion was caused by equipment failure at one of the substations, specifically the transformer, but they were not sure what caused the equipment failure.

Crews are on scene working to restore power and put out the fires. No injuries were reported. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 15, 2017 at 4:47pm


Massive explosion lights up the skies over Refugio

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 06:08AM

Officials tell ABC13 that the blast in Refugio, about 45 minutes southwest of Houston, has been extinguished and was a result of a natural gas pipeline explosion.

The Office of Emergency Management said crews were doing work on the property owned by the Kinder Morgan plant. Officials say there are no injuries, but the fire could be seen at distances of 30 miles or more.

Dispatchers told ABC13 that every member of the county sheriff's office was at the scene of the blast.

Resident Jake Ramirez posted video to Facebook showing the massive blaze illuminating the clouds above.

"It looks wild, it's pulsating," Ramirez says in his video. "Not really sure what that is...it looks beautiful, but it looks like a [expletive] fire."

Images sent in by a cousin of ABC13 producer John Carreon show the fire at a distance of about 30 miles away, showing the intensity and size of the explosion.

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