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 May 15, 2020 at 5:14pm


World NewsMay 15, 2020 / 6:41 AM / Updated 4 hours ago
Blast hits chemical plant near Italian city of Venice

MILAN (Reuters) - An explosion at a chemicals plant in an industrial zone in Venice sent clouds of black smoke and flames into the sky on Friday, prompting local authorities to order residents to stay inside and close doors and windows.
The local Corriere del Veneto newspaper reported that a worker had been injured in the blast, which occurred in the Porto Marghera area on the mainland, a few kilometres from the historic centre of the lagoon city.
Ambulances and fire services were at the scene and television footage showed clouds of thick black smoke visible from several kilometres away.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 14, 2020 at 5:30am


Two Killed In Reactor Blast At Zaheerabad Bio-Diesel Plant

HYDERABAD: Two workers were killed and another injured in a reactor blast at a bio-diesel plant near Zaheerabad town in the Sangareddy district of Telangana on Wednesday
The incident happened when workers were carrying out repair works at the reactor in the bio-diesel plant which is being readied to resume its operation after the lockdown.
According to the police, the reactor's roof exploded and the workers were blown away under the impact of the blast. Identified as Ghousuddin (35) and Shabeer (33), the two workers died on the spot while injured Krishna Reddy was admitted to a hospital.
The bodies were shifted to a government-run hospital for a post mortem examination.
Infuriated by the explosion and the loss of life in the incident, local residents staged a spontaneous protest outside the plant and demanded compensation for the victims' families.
Later, legislators Manik Rao and Mohammed Fareeduddin visited the plant and assured the families of the victims of all possible support from the state government.
The industrial accident in Telangana comes close on the heels of the LG Polymers plant gas leak tragedy at RR Venkatapuram in Visakhapatnam last week. The gas leak industrial tragedy claimed 12 lives and affected a few hundreds of people living in the adjoining villages of the polymer plant on May 7.
In all, people of about five villages were affected by the styrene gas which leaked from the LG Polymers plant. Incidentally, the Vizag gas leak incident also happened at a time when the plant was being prepped up for the resumption of production after being closed for over 40 days due to the lockdown.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 11, 2020 at 7:31am


Gas line explosion reported in Berea

7:25 PM, May 10, 2020

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Madison County fire crews responded to an explosion and fire in Berea.
WBON-TV has confirmed reports of an explosion at the Allen Company blacktop plant on Highway 21 East.
The TV station is reporting that Delta Gas officials say the gas line involved in the explosion is a part of the Allen Company's infrastructure, and it is not a Delta line. They have shut off gas in the area.
People nearby say heavy black smoke could be seen for miles.
According to WBON-TV, local fire officials had to ask for more manpower while they try to get the flames under control.
The fire has since been contained. There's no word yet on what might have caused the explosion

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 10, 2020 at 4:15am


Australian mine explosion leaves five workers with horrific injuries
9 May 2020
Five coal mine workers suffered severe injuries in a gas explosion on Wednesday at Anglo American’s underground Grosvenor Mine in central Queensland’s Bowen Basin. Four of the injured workers are in critical conditions and fighting for life while another is reportedly in a very serious condition. All sustained horrific burns to their upper torsos and airways.
Unable to receive adequate treatment in the Isaac local government region, which has limited hospital facilities, the victims were flown to Brisbane in a complex medical evacuation involving five separate planes, with retrieval doctors and nurses working on patients. Four of the injured workers were intubated and ventilated.
While emergency services were called to the mine site at 3 p.m., the aeromedical services needed to transport the injured did not arrive at the local Moranbah hospital to organise the flights to Brisbane until about 6 p.m.
Moreover, there was potential for a catastrophic loss of life to have occurred because hundreds of workers were underground at the time of the blast. Such an outcome would have overwhelmed the region’s medical facilities, as well as the aeromedical services.
Isaac authorities had already raised grave concerns about the inability of the region’s medical resources to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak after the mining industry was exempted from lockdowns. The Queensland state Labor government did not act on these concerns.
Workers at the mine had raised concerns about dangerous gas levels in the days before the explosion. Anglo American had been forced to stop work at the mine repeatedly, but only for up to two hours at a time, after high methane levels triggered underground sensors.
Anglo American said the workers were hired through labour hire company One Key Resources. The mine reportedly had about 400 labour hire employees on site. The region has 26 active coalmines employing 10,000 out-of-region workers, along with local mineworkers.
There is a rising toll of deaths and injuries in Queensland mines and quarries, including eight fatalities in the 18 months to last December. In desperate damage control, designed to cover up her government’s responsibility for these disasters, state Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the media she took any failings to protect regional workers’ “extremely seriously.” story continues...

Comment by Tracie Crespo on May 8, 2020 at 1:30am


11 die, 300 hospitalised in Vizag after styrene gas leaks from polymer factory

In the villages closest to the LG plant located on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam city, visuals on social media early this morning showed people lying motionless on the streets, at least two had fallen into the drains.

INDIA Updated: May 07, 2020 20:18 IST

Hindustan Times, Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam: An affected woman being taken for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village on May 7, 2020.
Visakhapatnam: An affected woman being taken for treatment at King George Hospital after a major chemical gas leakage at LG Polymers industry in RR Venkatapuram village on May 7, 2020. (PTI)

A gas leak at a polymer plant in Visakhapatnam has killed 11 people and forced the evacuation of thousands of people in the 3-kilometre radius. The leakage of styrene gas, which causes nausea and dizziness, took place early on Thursday when the plant was preparing to resume production later today in view of the eased Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

In the villages closest to the plant located on the outskirts of the city, visuals on social media early this morning showed people lying motionless on the streets, at least two had fallen into the drains.

Elsewhere also, there were videos of parents carrying unconscious children in their arms on the streets and running to get medical help. Many others were seen dazed sitting on the pavements. Some more lay on the roads, a young woman among them was seen collapsing.

The municipal corporation tweeted that people in an area within approximately 3-kilometre radius of the plant were vulnerable.

The incident evoked memories of the gas leaked from a pesticide plant in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal in 1984. That incident, counted among one of the world’s worst industrial disasters, had killed 3,500 people.

In Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and promised all the help that he would need. Jagan Mohan Reddy left Visakhapatnam soon after.

PM Modi also called a meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority that he leads. “I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being in Visakhapatnam,” PM Modi said in a tweet before the meeting started.

According to news agency ANI, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief SN Pradhan said about 1,000 to 1,500 people had been evacuated by the authorities and more than 800 taken to hospital.

Most of the people taken to hospital were later discharged.

Visakhapatnam District Medical and Health Officer Tirumala Rao told reporters, around 2 pm that 300 people were still admitted to various hospitals.

Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced Rs 1 crore compensation for the next of kin of the dead besides Rs 10 lakh to people who have been put on ventilator and Rs 25,000 to those who were treated as outpatients. The chief minister also announced that a committee has been set up to probe the incident and the government was prepared to have the company shift to a different location if recommended by the panel.

Gas leaked at 2.30-3 am

The gas leak is reported to have been spotted around between 2.30am and 3 am at LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd facility at RR Venkatapuram area near Gopalapatnam.

Assistant commissioner of police Swaroopa Rani said many people who woke up to the pungent smell of the gas ran out. Many, mostly children and old people, fainted at home. Police teams that went to the villages initially had to retreat for fear of being poisoned.

Andhra industries minister M Goutham Reddy said styrene gas appeared to have leaked from the storage tank of the plant. It seems the cap of the storage tank came off and by the time the engineers sealed the gap and neutralised the liquid, the damage was done.

The company had been told to adhere to all safety protocols before reopening the plant after lockdown relaxations. “It is for the company to prove that there was no negligence on its part,” Reddy said.

South Korea-headquartered LG Chem said operations at the plant had been suspended because of a nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and was preparing to resume operations.

“We are currently assessing the extent of the damage on residents in the town and are taking all necessary measures to protect residents and employees in collaboration with related organizations,” LG Chem, the owner of LG Polymers, said in a statement, according to news agency Reuters.

It said the spokesman separately said a night shift maintenance worker had discovered the leak from a tank. The cause of the leak is being investigated, the spokesman said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 17, 2020 at 7:19am


Gas leak tied to Bloomington sewage district plant explosion; injured worker released from hospital

BLOOMINGTON — An explosion ripped through a boiler room Thursday morning at a Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District processing plant, leaving one worker with minor injuries. It took firefighters three hours to extinguish parts of the fire.
District Executive Director Randy Stein said an apparent gas leak inside the control and boiler room, between two digesters, tripped monitors at 25% below the explosive limit. An employee planned to take an air sample and check the monitors, but the building exploded as the employee opened the door, destroying much of the room and some wiring. The fire spread through the room and into the roof.

Investigators don't yet know what caused the leak or the explosion, said Randolph Township Fire District Fire Chief Randy Richards.
The injured employee was treated at a local hospital and released later Thursday. Two other employees at the plant were not injured.

“We’re still looking into what happened this morning, but we’re grateful that our employee was not seriously injured. That is the most important thing right now,” Stein said. “I also want to thank the multiple first-responders for their quick response.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 17, 2020 at 6:24am


1 killed, 6 injured in Baddi chemical unit blast

TNN | Apr 17, 2020, 07:57 IST

Chandigarh: One person died while six others injured in a blast that occured at a chemical unit in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh during  the night on Wednesday

“The incident occurred at a leading adhesive manufacturing unit. One person died and 6 were injured. Explosion under investigation. Story continues

and another:


Maha: Two killed in explosion at chemical unit in Palghar
Press Trust of India | Palghar
Last Updated at April 13, 2020 14:24 IST

Two workers were killed and one

was seriously injured in an explosion and subsequent fire at a chemical unit in Maharashtra's Palghar district on Monday, an official said.
The mishap took place around 12 noon in the premises of Galaxy Surfactants, located in the Boisar industrial area, district disaster control cell chief Vivekananda Kadam said.

"Two workers were killed and one was seriously injured," Kadam said.
Some locals said they heard a loud sound from the unit around noon.
The injured worker was rushed to hospital, Kadam said.
On getting information about the mishap, a couple of fire engines rushed to the spot and efforts were underway to douse the flames.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately known, Kadam said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 17, 2020 at 5:55am


No major injuries reported after explosion at Maine paper mill

Updated 5:15 PM ET, Wed April 15, 2020 

An explosion at Androscoggin Mill was reported Wednesday.
(CNN)A few people suffered minor injuries Wednesday after a large explosion at a paper mill in Jay, Maine, sent debris and plumes of smoke into the air.
The explosion at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, about 70 miles north of Portland, occurred at the mill's digester area and caused a fire on the roof of that building, Sgt. Joel Davis of the state fire marshal's office told reporters.
"Fortunately nobody works in that area directly," Davis said.

No major injuries were reported, but a few people in the vicinity were treated for "minor respiratory issues" and released, he said.

A spokeswoman for the mill's owner, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, said more than 160 people were working at the time of the explosion but no one was injured.
Gov. Janet Mills acknowledged the explosion earlier Wednesday.

"I ask the people of Maine to join me in praying for the safety and wellbeing of all those in and around this historic mill. In this already difficult moment, let us summon the strength and resilience which has defined us as Maine people throughout our history and which has sustained us and carried us through our most challenging times," the governor tweeted.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 10, 2020 at 8:33pm


Natural gas explosion in Istanbul: there are 4 injured, 1 seriously
April 9, 2020
The incident occurred on the 4th floor of the 6-storey building located in Güngören Akıncılar Mahallesi Horhor Sokak around 21.00. According to the information obtained, after a violent explosion caused by natural gas, it was poured into the street of the neighborhood.

4 people were injured in the explosion at home. Upon notification, many firefighters, health and police teams were sent to the scene. Firefighters saved the injured in the explosion and handed it over to the medical teams
A woman, who had been taken out of the building where the fire broke out, waited for the ambulance to arrive at the scene for a while. Meanwhile, fire crews intervened in the worsening woman. When the ambulance could not enter the scene, the firefighters carried the injured woman to the ambulance. He was hospitalized with 4 injured ambulances. It was reported that 1 of the injured were life-threatening.
Police teams struggled to disperse the crowd gathered, regardless of the danger of coronavirus. Police teams, pulling the lane to the scene, warned the crowd to gather. Investigation into the explosion continues. DHA

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 10, 2020 at 8:22pm


Explosion, fire at Valero plant in St. Bernard Parish rocks area
St. Bernard Parish Fire Chief Thomas Stone said one of the units at the plant exploded and they were battling what he called a small fire.
Published: 2:01 AM CDT April 10, 2020
Updated: 10:01 AM CDT April 10, 2020

ST. BERNARD PARISH, La. — An explosion at the Valero plant in St. Bernard Parish rocked the area and could be felt across the river in Algiers as homes shook and some car alarms were set off.
St. Bernard Parish Fire Chief Thomas Stone said one of the units at the plant in Meraux exploded around 1 a.m. and they were battling what he called a small fire throughout the morning.

Stone said the fire was contained by 3:10 a.m.
He said that one person was injured in the incident but it was non-life threatening. The nature of those injuries was not immediately known.
Flames were no longer visible in the sky by 5 a.m. as several fire units remained on the scene.

Several viewers sent in emails and made posts to the station's Facebook page to report an explosion. They said their homes shook and their car alarms were set off.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene and will update the story as more information becomes available.


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