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 2, 2017 at 4:19am


2 dead, 1 missing after Columbia County explosion

'It's a large three or four story building that doesn't exist anymore,' Cambria Village President Glen Williams says

Updated: 12:25 PM CDT Jun 1, 2017
Two people were killed and several others injured in a late Wednesday explosion and fire at a corn milling plant in Columbia County. One of two employees who had been missing was found dead about 5:50 p.m. Thursday.

A search and rescue mission continued Thursday night for the other employee who had been on shift at the Didion Milling plant on Highway 146 in Cambria who was still missing as of 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff Dennis Richards said during a news conference.

Richards said crews would be working throughout the night, but the structure of the building was dangerous.

More than 35 police, fire and medical service agencies responded to the explosion and subsequent fire that caused a portion of the building to collapse. Two med flight and two Flight for Life helicopters were called.

"It's a large three or four story building that doesn't exist anymore," Cambria Village President Glen Williams said about the rubble.

The cause of the explosion was unknown as of Thursday night.

Divine Savior Hospital spokeswoman Haley Gilman said the hospital in nearby Portage received six people injured in the explosion. She said one was transferred to the burn unit at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, one was admitted to the intensive care unit and four were treated and released.

University of Wisconsin Hospital spokeswoman Emily Kumlien said five people were air-lifted to her facility. She said four were in the hospital's burn center, while the fifth was in the hospital's trauma and life support center. She declined to release further details.

The company, which produces corn and ethanol products, began in 1972 and now has about 175 employees that work around the clock.

"This is a pretty close community. Several of our team members are involved in this community," said the company's president, Riley Didion. "On behalf of the company and behalf of all of our team that’s going through this, (we ask) for your prayers, for your support, for your respect for the families that are going through some tough and challenging times right now."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 15, 2017 at 8:18pm


Explosion hits Schaeffler factory in Bavaria, 13 injured

German police say 13 people have been injured in an explosion in a factory in Bavaria.

Police said four of those injured in the Monday morning explosion at the Schaeffler factory in the town of Eltmann suffered from serious wounds and were flown by helicopter to a hospital.

Firefighters, police and rescue crews were on the scene but authorities say there appears to be no wider danger for people living in the surrounding area.

The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined.

Schaeffler is a global automotive and industrial parts supplier and the plant in Eltmann produces rolling bearing components. The plant is located in an industrial area of the town, 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of Nuremberg.

Comment by M. Difato on May 13, 2017 at 7:45pm

Lightning strikes oil tankers in Texas, prompting evacuations (May 12)
 BEACH CITY, Texas – One hundred homes have been evacuated in Beach City, east of Houston, after lightning struck crude oil tankers at a plant, triggering a fire, CBS affiliate KHOU reports.

The Chambers County Sheriff's Office says homes within a half mile radius of the fire were evacuated as a precaution. Officials later halted evacuations, KHOU reports.

The tankers were hit by lightning as storms passed through Houston and then our coastal communities early Friday, the station reported.

Firefighters were setting up sensors to test the air quality as a precaution, KHOU reported.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 3, 2017 at 6:40pm


12 people killed after Methane gas explosion in railway tunnel

12 people killed after Methane gas explosion in railway tunnel

In China, 12 people were killed and another 12 suffered injuries after a suspected methane gas explosion. The blast hit an under-construction railway tunnel in the southern province of Guizhou.

Officials said those killed had been trapped inside the tunnel after yesterday’s blast. The tunnel is designed to enable the construction of a high-speed railway connecting Sichuan province with Guizhou.

Comment by jorge namour on May 3, 2017 at 6:03pm

Coal mine explosion leaves casualties in NE Iran

May 3, 2017

At least two miners have lost their lives and scores of others been injured in a coal mine explosion in the northeastern Iranian province of Golestan.


This photo shows the aftermath of a mine explosion in the northeastern Iranian province of Golestan on May 3, 2017.

Sadeq-Ali Moqaddam, head of the emergency department of Golestan Province, has been quoted as saying that up to 26 people are believed to be trapped in the mine following Wednesday explosion.

Ambulances and rescue teams have been dispatched to the location of the mine blast, which is near the city of Azadshahr in Golestan Province, he added.

The official stated that a secondary tunnel is being dug to facilitate access to trapped miners, noting that huge amounts of accumulated methane gas have made rescue operations difficult.

Officials have blamed accumulated methane gas for the blast, which happened at 12:45 p.m. local time (0945 GMT). CONTINUE...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 3, 2017 at 2:47am


May 01, 2017

Police say explosions in downtown Toronto caused by a hydro vault fire

Hamilton Spectator

TORONTO — A busy intersection in Toronto's financial district was shut down Monday evening after a series of explosions that police said were caused by a hydro vault fire.

The first explosion was heard shortly after 5 p.m. and heavy black smoke was seen billowing from a set of grates outside a Royal Bank office building near King Street and Yonge Street.

The incident, which took place during the evening rush hour, resulted in police herding crowds away from the scene.

"Did you hear those sounds? Those are explosions," an officer was heard yelling to bystanders. "We don't know what's happening. So if you please head east,

head north, head south, just come off of King Street."

Police said no injuries had been reported.

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said the incident was related to a hydro vault fire that had been contained and controlled. Crews were dealing with smoke migration, he said.

Toronto Hydro spokesperson Florence Gabriel said the utility was aware of a power outage at the building outside where the blasts took place and crews were dispatched to the scene.

The incident shut down a nearby subway station and caused several streetcars to take detours. Police cruisers blocked off streets in the area and officers were seen wearing surgical masks as smoke hung in the air.

The Royal Bank office building and parts of an underground shopping concourse were evacuated due to heavy smoke, fire officials said.

Platoon Chief Kevin Shaw said the area would remain blocked off until the hydro vault is de-energized and the fire is fully extinguished.

"We don't know the cause, it could be dampness, water or an aging hydro vault, or all of the above," Shaw told reporters at a news conference at the scene Monday evening. "It all leads up to one of these fires."

He said he has seen worse hydro vault fires downtown, but added that crews had to take precautions because it happened at the beginning of rush hour.

Comment by KM on April 29, 2017 at 2:42pm


Staggering moment a road catches FIRE as flames as high as houses burst from a gas main in incredible footage shot by a fireman

  • Roaring as high as rooftops and reaching 1,000 degrees, these staggering images capture enormous flames 
  • Brave fireman battled the raging inferno in Farnborough, Hampshire in the early hours of Thursday morning
  • 20ft flames burst from a hole in the road after a gas mains fire underground and residents were evacuated 

Roaring as high as rooftops and reaching 1,000 degrees, these staggering images capture enormous flames engulfing a road after a gas explosion.

Brave firemen battled the raging inferno as the sun rose on a quiet street in Farnborough, Hampshire in the early hours of Thursday.

Panicked residents called them at 4am when huge 20ft flames burst from a hole after a gas mains fire underground. 

Stunning footage, shot by the fire brigade, shows the brave men putting out the flames with a cooling spray as the sun rose

Stunning footage, shot by the fire brigade, shows the brave men putting out the flames with a cooling spray as the sun rose

Roaring as high as rooftops and reaching 1,000 degrees, these staggering images capture flames engulfing a road after a gas explosion

Roaring as high as rooftops and reaching 1,000 degrees, these staggering images capture flames engulfing a road after a gas explosion

Brave fireman battled the raging inferno on a quiet street in Farnborough, Hampshire in the early hours of Thursday morning

Brave fireman battled the raging inferno on a quiet street in Farnborough, Hampshire in the early hours of Thursday morning

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 27, 2017 at 5:00am


Home Explosion Rocks St. Louis Neighborhood

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A St. Louis home was leveled by an explosion Wednesday and emergency crews evacuated nearby residents as a precaution.

UPDATES with new details.

April 26--ST. LOUIS -- A vacant home explosion that rocked the Baden neighborhood Wednesday miraculously injured no one on the street, despite the shards of glass, window casings and chunks of rubble sent flying at a normally busy time of day, a fire captain said.

"It's miraculous for 8:30 in the morning, not to have any injuries, no one walking by," said Capt. Garon Mosby of the St. Louis FireDepartment. "It's a good day for us."

The brick bungalow in the 8600 block of Oriole Ave. was flattened. The cause of the blast is under investigation, but the leading theory is that it was a gas explosion.

Firefighters believe the home had been vacant. However, the St. Louis Fire Department's Collapse Rescue Task Force was still searching through the debris nearly two hours later. Mosby said the task force is using a sensitive listening device that can detect the faintest of movements and sounds.

Crews worried about a potential gas leak evacuated neighbors on the block. Firefighters first to arrive were unable to shut off the gas at the curb, so they dug through the rubble to turn it off from inside the leveled home.

The brick homes on either side of it are essentially untouched, other than a few blown out windows. Part of the roof of the home that exploded fell onto the roofs of the adjacent homes. One of those adjacent homes was occupied at the time of the explosion, Mosby said.

David West lives eight or nine houses away. "I heard it and felt it," West said of the explosion. "It was like North Korea had dropped a bomb on us."

West thought something had happened to his own home, so he scrambled into the attic, fully expecting to

see something caved in. Then, he looked outside and saw a neighbor pointing up the alley. West said he then went up the street and saw neighbors approach the debris, trying to see if anyone was trapped.

West said he didn't smell anything that might signal a natural gas leak as he got close. He said the home had been undergoing rehab.

Mosby said investigators are looking at a gas explosion as a likely culprit.

"It's not really the fault of the gas company," Mosby said. "We have a vacant-structure challenge in the city. This could be a gas leak or ... people take pipes, and if somebody takes a pipe and it's gas piping, that could lead to issues as well."

Mosby said the Fire Department gets calls frequently for gas leaks due to missing pipes.

The theory is that someone could have broken into the home and stolen a pipe to sell as scrap metal. Mosby urged city residents to report anything suspicious in their neighborhoods, such as someone going in and out of a vacant home. He said he had heard of no reports of such crimes on Oriole Ave.

and another:


Steam explosion knocks out power unit at Lakeland Electric

LAKELAND — No one was injured by an explosion at Lakeland Electric’s C.D. McIntosh Power Plant on Tuesday, but the older, second-line unit will remain out of operation for an indeterminate amount of time as engineers look for the cause of the failure, city officials said.

The high-pressure explosion on Unit 2 happened at 1:17 p.m., launching debris and steam as superheated water was rapidly released from the high-pressure system.

Two contract workers in the vicinity of the blast were covered with mud and soot, but there was no evidence of burns or injuries, Lakeland Electric General Manager Joel Ivy said. Regardless, the workers were sent to the city’s in-house clinic for checkups.

“There were some things blown away a pretty good ways,” he said. “Hopefully, they’ll be OK, that’s our first concern.”

Had anyone been closer to the explosion, it likely would have been fatal, Ivy said. Everyone is counting their blessings.

“Thank God we didn’t have any working in that near proximity,” said City Manager Tony Delgado.

The 110-megawatt, gas-burning power unit is approximately 40 years old, Lakeland Electric spokeswoman Cindy Clemmons said, part of the first set of generators constructed at the power plant.

Though it is primarily used during high-demand periods of the day and as a backup when the utility’s two main generators are not operational, recently it has been operating more steadily.

The failure occurred in the “feeder pipes” low on the boiler where water is heated into steam which then turns a turbine. The water is liquid at the point in the steam circuit but only because the pressure in the system prevents it from expanding into steam. With the failure, the rapid decompression created the explosion as the water flashed into steam.

Though dangerous, it was a “minor explosion,” Delgado said, “meaning it didn’t blow the whole unit up but it blew up the head on one of the pipes.”

Ivy said he didn’t want to speculate on whether the failure constitutes a gut shot for the older power unit. That’ll be determined when engineers are able to examine the cause of failure, such as whether heat fractures, bad welds, or water chemistry and corrosion caused the weakness.

The failure on Unit 2 follows a string of three outages at C.D. McIntosh’s 370-megawatt natural-gas burning Unit 5, events which caused some members of the Utility Committee, an advisory board that oversees the utility, to question whether there are maintenance issues at Lakeland Electric.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 24, 2017 at 1:41am


Explosion occurs at Armenia village natural gas station

  • Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:14:37 +0100

Explosion occurs at Armenia village natural gas station
18:34, 23.04.2017
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YEREVAN. – The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia received a report, on Sunday at 5:17pm.
Accordingly, there was an explosion at the natural gas station in Arpi village of Vayots Dzor Province, there were affected, and rescuers were needed.
A firefighting squad and a rescue team were dispatched to the scene.
According to preliminary information, one person is dead and two others are injured in this blast.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 15, 2017 at 10:29pm


1 dead in Egypt gas pipeline explosion

April 15, 2017

Egypt's Civil Protection Authority is attempting to put out a fire that erupted after a gas pipeline exploded in the upscale satellite Cairo neighbourhood of New Cairo on Saturday, with one person dead and 10 injured.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement that seven of the victims were released after receiving first aid treatment while the rest remain hospitalized.

Health ministry officials said that at least one person was killed and 17 others injured in the explosion.

General Tarek Attia, a communication aide to the interior minister, told the TV channel that a loader operator working at a construction site in the area accidentally broke the pipe.

The accident led to a huge jam traffic at 90 Street.

Security sources said that a loader used in maintaining the sewerage system in the area had broken the gas line at the Fifth Settlement and sparked a fire.

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