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 October 4, 2011 at 1:57pm

Around 3000 people evacuated after storage yard fire last night near Belmont Circle

AROUND 3000 people were evacuated from their homes in Harrow last night following a huge fire at a storage yard.

The storage area round the back of Belmont Service Centre, in Kenton Lane, was completely destroyed with six cars and around 100 tyres being damaged.

A small part of the car workshop was also damaged after a gas cylinder exploded before firefighters were called around 6.30pm.

It is believed there were around 25 gas cylinders at the site, including a number of propane cylinders and around five acetylene cylinders, which can be hazardous when exposed to heat.

The fire was brought under control at around 11.30pm.

Station manager Turan Turan, from Northolt fire station, who was at the scene, said: “There was quite a large explosion but fortunately it was contained within the storage area."

The brigade worked with Harrow Council and police to evacuate between 500 to 600 homes in the area.

People were relocated to nearby community centres and St Anselm's Church, in Clifton Avenue, just off Kenton Lane.

Mr Turan added: “The explosion and fire caused extensive damage but fortunately no one was injured. Because of the danger posed by the gas cylinders, around 3000 people were evacuated from nearby homes as a precaution.

“It was a difficult job but crews worked incredibly hard to prevent the fire from spreading and managed to cool down the other gas cylinders and in doing so prevented further potential explosions.”

Firefighters stayed in the area for the rest of the night as fire investigators this morning work with police to establish the cause of the blaze.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 3, 2011 at 8:12pm

Eight workers injured after massive explosion at ink cartridge recycling factory

Eight workers were injured after a fire broke out following a massive explosion on an industrial estate this morning.

Three employees were airlifted to hospital with burns while five others were driven to hospital to be treated for burns and smoke inhalation after gas canisters exploded at the building near Lingfield in Surrey.

The blast - believed to have started in an ink cartridge recycling factory - shook nearby buildings and workers were evacuated from across the Newchapel business park.

A huge plume of black smoke was seen rising from the plant in Newchapel, Surrey

A huge plume of black smoke was seen rising from the plant in Newchapel, Surrey

Choking fumes: Fire crews wearing masks head into clouds of smoke at the industrial estate near Lingfield

Choking fumes: Fire crews wearing masks head into clouds of smoke at the industrial estate near Lingfield

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2044705/Surrey-industrial-e...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 3, 2011 at 8:11pm
Rescuers: Emergency services raced to save people trapped in the estate as debris rained from the sky

Rescuers: Emergency services raced to save people trapped in the estate as debris rained from the sky


One worker said he saw cartridges flying from the sky as employees gathered at the nearby Peacock Lodge pub and police guarded a cordon at the entrance of the industrial estate.

The worker, who did not want to be named, said: 'I heard a great big explosion and thought, what on earth was that?

'Then I looked out the window and there was all this debris coming down in the sky. It turned out to be stuff that looked like cartridges and bits were flying off the roof.'

He said he had seen one person with burns to his hands, and another with a cut ear.

Christine Brooks, 59, a waitress at the pub, said she had felt a 'huge vibration' and added: 'Everything just shook.'

Burning building: At least eight people were injured in the fire which followed a 'massive explosion'

Burning building: At least eight people were injured in the fire which followed a 'massive explosion'

Firefighters have been battling to put out the flames since 11.30 this morning

Firefighters have been battling to put out the flames since 11.30 this morning


Where the fire took place


An engineer working on a roof near the blast site said: 'There was a massive, massive bang, a large bang, with a little after-bang, but that was it.

'Just a few minutes after, that's when smoke started to appear.

'I'm actually working on a roof on part of our boundary and I could see the smoke starting to billow up.

He added: 'The amount of ambulances would indicate something quite serious.'

Three seriously injured workers were airlifted to major trauma centres in the region by helicopters from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Ambulance Service.

One was taken to King's College Hospital in London and two to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where they are stable in A&E and waiting to be transferred to a nearby burns unit.

Five people have been admitted to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill with minor burns and smoke inhalation.

There are reports that there may be six more people missing.

Peter Burns, who works for Trichem, just two doors away from the suspected source of the explosion, described

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 3, 2011 at 8:08pm

Lingfield fire: Eight injured in factory explosion

Fire crews have been tackling the blaze at the Hobbs industrial estate since about 11:30 BST

Eight people have been injured, four seriously, in an explosion and fire at a Surrey factory.

Fire crews were called to the Hobbs industrial estate in Newchapel, near Lingfield, shortly before 11:30 BST.

The patients are being treated for burns, respiratory problems and head injuries.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said there were gas cylinders at the site and progress was "difficult" but the fire had been brought under control.

Officials said the cause of the fire was not yet known and firefighters would remain at the scene overnight.

There was a massive, massive bang, a large bang, with a little after-bang but that was it


One casualty was airlifted to a London hospital, five were admitted to the East Surrey Hospital at Redhill and two were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

'Bits flying off'

Ian Thomson, of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, said all those in the building at the time of the blaze had been accounted for.

Surrey Police has asked people to stay away from the area for the rest of the day.

One employee at the industrial estate, who did not want to be named, said: "I heard a great big explosion and thought, what on earth was that?

"Then I looked out the window and there was all this debris coming down in the sky.

"It turned out to be stuff that looked like cartridges and bits were flying off the roof."


The explosion was heard by people at the nearby London England Temple, a Mormon place of worship.

One engineer, who did not want to be named, said he was working on a roof near the boundary of the temple's 32-acre grounds, when he heard a loud bang.

"There was a massive, massive bang, a large bang, with a little after-bang but that was it," he said.

He said a lot of smoke could be seen near the industrial estate, which is located about 10 miles (16km) east of Gatwick Airport.

The fire began in a unit at the industrial estate being used by a company that recycles electrical equipment.

About 75 people were evacuated from surrounding businesses.

The Environment Agency is supporting the fire service after it emerged there was a run-off of water used to dampen the flames.

Christine Brooks, 59, a waitress at the Peacock Lodge pub in Newchapel, said workers from the industrial estate had been evacuated from the site to the pub.

She said there had been a "huge vibration" and "everything just shook".


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 2, 2011 at 3:24am


A mandatory evacuation was issued in Wellsburg Saturday morning when a high-pressure transmission gas line was ruptured at the corner of Fourth and Yankee streets.The Brooke County Sheriff’s Office called for everyone in homes and businesses from Eighth to Third streets to leave their buildings for shelter around 8:45 a.m."As soon as I got out of the house, I could smell it though because it was the next street over,” said Stephanie Kins, a resident in Wellsburg. “It's kinda of scar. It was like a big geizser."Gas fumes leaked through about a four-block radius, and the fumes were at least 40 feet in the air. The Brooke County Emergency Management Agency responded to the scene along with Wellsburg Fire Department and other area crews. Responders said a worker was digging with a backhoe to find a sewer line, then struck a high-pressure gas line for the entire area."We basically need everyone to get out of the area in case the gas finds an ignition source, and there's an explosion. That's our greatest fear right now," said Bob Fowler, the Brooke County EMA Director.Responders set up a shelter at the Wellsburg Banquet Center while they waited for Mountaineer Gas Company to shut off the gas line."They're actually going to have to make a couple of digs to be able to crimp the line off to stop the gas flow," said Fowler. With the evacuation order lifted around 11:40 a.m., people were free to go home."We've advised everyone that if they go into their homes, and they smell any type of natural gas, to call into 9-1-1, so we can get in the fire department to come and evacuate any fumes that may be in their home,” said Fowler.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 1, 2011 at 6:16pm

Here we go again.....another Middle Eastern Gas Explosion.  Zetas Right Again.  With constant plate movement occurring worldwide, gas rich countries are bound to blow.  So much for liquid gold.

4 killed in Kuwait refinery blast
Kuwait: 43 minutes ago


An explosion killed four Asian workers at Kuwait's Ahmadi refinery on Saturday but it was not immediately clear whether production was affected, a spokesman for Kuwait National Petroleum Company said.

Several workers were injured at refinery, the KNPC spokesman added, without giving further details.

Media reports quoting officials said the explosion was caused by a leak in a gas pipe.

Mina al-Ahmadi is the largest of three refineries in Opec member Kuwait, with a refining capacity of over 460,000 barrels per day. It was not immediately clear if the explosion would hit the country's crude exports.-Reuters


Blast kills four at Kuwait’s largest refinery

1 October 2011, 7:39 PM

Four workers were killed and three firemen injured in a gas pipe explosion on Saturday at Kuwait’s largest refinery of Mina Al Ahmadi, an industry source told AFP.


‘Based on initial information, the four workers are Asian,’ said the source who asked not to be named. ‘The explosion was caused by a leak in a gas pipe.’

Mina Al Ahmadi is the largest of three refineries in OPEC member Kuwait, with a refining capacity of over 460,000 barrels per day. The other two at Shuaiba and Mina Abdullah have a combined capacity of around 450,000 bpd.

It was not immediately clear if the explosion would affect Kuwait’s crude exports. 


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 30, 2011 at 10:16pm

7 dead, 1 injured in China mine explosion

Seven people were killed and one injured in a coal mine explosion in central China’s Hunan Province Thursday evening, local work safety authorities said Friday.

The explosion occurred at about 7 p.m. Thursday at the Qiyi Coal Mine in the city of Changning, the provincial coal mine safety bureau said in a press release.

Explosives set off by workers to excavate mine shafts triggered explosion of high levels of gas in wake of bad ventilation, the initial investigation showed.

The mine is under technological renovation to expand annual output to 60,000 tonnes


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2011 at 6:33am

Explosion near Crewe Railway Station - two injured

Two people have been treated for minor burns after some small explosions near Crewe Railway Station.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital for treatment to burns after the incident at around 8.22pm on Nantwich Road.

Witnesses reported manhole covers being blown up into the air by an explosion thought to have been ignited by underground electricity and gas supplies.

Emergency services closed off the station to tackle the incident, although it has since reopened.

The National Rail Enquiries website said delays of up to 60 minutes could be expected by passengers. Normal services expected by 11.30pm.

An investigation into the cause of the explosion has started, although a spokesman for British Transport Police said it was thought to have been sparked by a combination of underground gas and electricity supplies.

He said: "Emergency services are there making it safe."


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 28, 2011 at 7:48am


They maintain that a windstorm on Sunday blew a tree into a power line near 127th Street Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast, and a surge of electricity somehow reached PSE's pipeline. They believe that surge caused several leaks, including one that filled the home with gas. A spark ignited the home Monday morning.

PSE officials say they've found at least four BB- to finger-sized holes in the neighborhood gas lines that appeared to be caused by an electrical surge, PSE spokesman Martha Monfried said.

"That's what our experience is telling us," she said.

This phenomenon — referred to as arcing, because electrical currents can actually jump from one conduit to another — is rare. Puget Sound Energy can find only 17 instances of it throughout their distribution system during the past nine years.

But it has caused other accidents around the country. In one Virginia case in the 1990s, according to Associated Press accounts, corroded underground electrical wires buried too close to a natural-gas service line arced, energizing the gas pipeline. A house exploded, killing a wife and mother and severely injuring her husband.

Getting a powerful enough jolt of electricity to reach underground pipelines isn't as easy as it might seem, said Rick Kuprewicz, a Bellevue-based independent pipeline safety consultant. It requires a source of enough voltage and a pathway — tree roots or the right soil consistency — linking it to a nearby pipe.

But when it happens, "all those underground pipelines basically function like wires," he said. "Usually you see it in the Midwest, with lightning. I've seen it where the power was so great it actually left a track in the pipeline."

Once the surge hits all that steel, the current can head in many directions at once. If the electrified pipeline comes close to an adjacent metal water or sewer line, it may arc to the new line. Near one of the gas-line holes this week, Monfried said, an even bigger hole appeared in an adjacent water line.

"It could have jumped from our line to another," she said. Or the other way around.  Continued...



Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 28, 2011 at 1:20am

Man, 64, injured in gas blast at Crumpsall house

A 64-year-old man is seriously ill in hospital after suffering burns in a gas explosion at a house in Manchester.

Fire crews were called to the incident at a semi-detached house on Brynorme Road, Crumpsall, at about 11:45 BST.

The blast led to debris from the building being scattered across the street and the house suffered significant structural damage.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the man was taken to hospital for treatment.

He had been led out of the property by neighbours before fire crews arrived, a spokesman said.

About 20 nearby houses were evacuated until the scene was confirmed as safe.

A joint investigation has been launched between specialist fire officers and a number of other agencies, the spokesman added.



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