Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 - DEC - Infrastructure Collapse

2017-12-01 - Pipe ruptures, sewage spills into harbor in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2017-12-02 - Concrete river footbridge collapses in Prague (Czech Republic), 4 injured:

2017-12-02 - Building partially collapses in coastal Chennai (India):

2017-12-02 - Water main breaks, street floods, in Woburn (Massachusetts):

2017-12-03 - Gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon leaks methane again near Porter Ranch (California):

2017-12-03 - Concrete waste oil tank leaks oil into Myall Creek in Dalby (Australia):

2017-12-04 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, on I-694 in Oakdale (Minnesota):

2017-12-05 - Three-story building under construction partially collapses in Beitar Illit (Israel), 6 injured:

2017-12-05 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2017-12-06 - Gas well blows out, spews foul odor over Missouri City (Texas):

Quote: "Houston Office of Emergency Management officials described the smell as being similar to petroleum or rotten eggs."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide in natural gas is what makes it 'sour', so there's probably some hydrogen sulfide in the gas that escaped from this well. There must not be a lot though, since everyone in town hasn't gone insane or dropped dead...this time!

2017-12-06 - School building collapses in Puducherry (India), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2017-12-06 - Water main breaks, street floods, in El Paso (Texas):

2017-12-07 - Building partially collapses in coastal Durban (South Africa):

2017-12-07 - Sewer main breaks, sinkhole opens, in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2017-12-07 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in El Paso (Texas):

2017-12-08 - Hole opens on I-35 bridge in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2017-12-08 - Bridge collapses under truck in Thakurgaon District (Bangladesh):

2017-12-08 - Our crappily-stored radioactive waste is probably definitely going to explode:

Note: It's definitely going to explode, once there are too few people/resources to maintain all those places, which is just a matter of time...

2017-12-09 - Well blowout continues spewing hydrogen sulfide in Missouri City (Texas):

Quote: "Workers continue to clean up an oil well blowout in Missouri City that had residents worried Wednesday. The blowout, which is an uncontrollable release of oil, was reported in the vicinity of Texas Parkway and the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road, city officials said. A worker told KPRC 2 that a crew was drilling for oil when it began to spew. The odor impacted area communities, but is not considered dangerous, officials said. Residents were asked to remain inside until the odor dissipated. After four days, the foul smell of rotten eggs continues to linger in several areas, which leaves residents frustrated and demanding answers."

Quote: "Officials said the spill wasn't an oil, but rather a chemical compound called hydrogen sulfide, a gas used at the site. Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas and depending on the amount of its exposure, could be poisonous with a wide range of health effects. 'Depend on how much hydrogen sulfide you breathe and for how long,' Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials said."

Note: They hadn't mentioned that it was hydrogen sulfide when this first occurred, but I said then that that is probably what it was, in the 2017-12-06 update. This definitely means that the gas in the ground that they're drilling for there is very 'sour' and contains significant amounts of hydrogen sulfide. They're smart to get it out of the ground before it becomes MORE sour and comes out of the ground on its own, but obviously the drilling process isn't always perfectly safe and thus living in areas where there's a lot of gas in the ground can be dangerous...

2017-12-09 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Riverside (California):

2017-12-10 - Tank leaks 850 gallons of magnesium hydroxide into the Patapsco River in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2017-12-10 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Ottawa (Canada):

2017-12-11 - Power outage disables gas platform in the North Sea near Norway:

2017-12-11 - Balcony collapses at school in Bac Ninh Province (Vietnam), 13 injured:

2017-12-11 - Warehouse roof collapses in Hyderabad (India), 12 injured:

2017-12-12 - Roof collapses at home in Punjab (Pakistan), 4 killed, 2 injured:

2017-12-12 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in coastal Koloa (Hawaii):

2017-12-13 - Five-story building and two other buildings collapse in Cairo (Egypt), near the Nile River, 2 killed, several injured:

Quote: "A five storey building first collapsed, incurring the total collapse of a three storey building, and the partial collapse of another three storey building."

2017-12-13 - Water main breaks, streets flood, in Louisville (Kentucky):

2017-12-14 - Bridge over river between India and China collapses near Gangotri (India):

2017-12-14 - Water main break closes Avent Ferry Road near NC State in Raleigh (North Carolina):

2017-12-15 - Water main leaks, sinkhole opens on sidewalk, in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-12-16 - Sidewalk collapses, woman falls into hole, in coastal Manhattan (New York), 1 injured:

2017-12-16 - Balcony collapses at home in coastal Melbourne (Australia), 2 killed, 17 injured:

2017-12-17 - Building partially collapses in coastal Mumbai (India), 4 killed:

2017-12-18 - Gas leak hits Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, again, in Porter Ranch (California):

Quote: "In a community alert, the company said the leak occurred about 4:55 p.m. and didn’t pose any health risks, though it did produce a noticeable odor. But Andrew Krowne, a Northridge resident who developed a cellphone application for those within 18 miles of the facility to report health issues, said 34 people reported symptoms including headaches, nosebleeds, and burning of the eyes and throat."

Note: There's an odor, so this is not just natural gas or methane. If this is sour gas then it contains hydrogen sulfide, which will have an odor and cause those symptoms. If it's clean gas but has had methyl mercaptan added then the CDC says to treat methyl mercaptan as if it were hydrogen sulfide since it's made with hydrogen sulfide and has the same symptoms. It's one of the two or it would be odorless, so either way these people are being hit with poison gas, again...

2017-12-18 - Residents still sickening from hydrogen sulfide from well blowout in Missouri City (Texas):

Quote: "Despite assurances from state officials that air emissions from a recent oil well blowout in Fort Bend County pose no danger, residents say fumes from the spill are making them sick. 'Something is going on out here. I can't breathe. I'm coughing all the time and I feel like I'm smothering,' Coca Dawson said. A resident of nearby Quail Glenn subdivision, Dawson babysits her 2-year-old grandson during the week and voiced concerns he was also getting sick."

Quote: "Residents near the site complain of a foul smell that causes headaches, nausea and burning eyes, reportedly caused by Hydrogen Sulfide emissions from the blowout. Students and teachers at Blue Ridge Elementary School, located less than four miles from the site, have also reportedly voiced concerns about the air emission."

Note: Virtually identical symptoms as the people are experiencing in Porter Ranch...

2017-12-18 - Hanford Nuclear Site leaks plutonium in Hanford (Washington):

2017-12-18 - Three-story building collapses in Qena Governorate (Egypt), 2 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-18 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Sherman (Texas):

2017-12-19 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Cahuenga Pass between Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (California):

2017-12-20 - Home collapses in Menoufiya (Egypt), 1 killed, 1 injured:,-woman-seriously-wounded-in-building-co.aspx

2017-12-20 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens, in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-21 - Around 25 water mains break in 2 months in James City County (Virginia):

2017-12-21 - School partially collapses in coastal Tambora, West Jakarta (Indonesia), 2 injured:

2017-12-22 - Water main breaks in Tucson (Arizona):

2017-12-23 - Two water mains break in Kalamazoo (Michigan):

2017-12-23 - Water main breaks in coastal Naples (Florida):

2017-12-23 - Water main breaks in Portland (Oregon):

2017-12-23 - Water main breaks in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-26 - Six-year-old concrete bridge collapses in Jhabua District (India):

2017-12-26 - Building partially collapses in Elizabeth (New Jersey):

2017-12-26 - Water main breaks, street floods, in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-27 - Building partially collapses in coastal Jakarta (Indonesia), 3 killed, 3 injured:

2017-12-27 - Water main breaks, sinkhole forms, in Austin (Texas):

2017-12-27 - Water main breaks, sinkhole forms, in Boone (North Carolina):

2017-12-28 - Crane collapses onto bus in Seoul (South Korea), 1 killed, 15 injured:

2017-12-28 - Water main breaks, huge sinkhole opens, in Bern Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-29 - Roof collapses at All-Weather Roofing in Erie (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A large section of roof collapsed Friday night at the All-Weather Roofing Co., 1248 W. 17th St., in Erie, authorities said."

Note: Erie's where they got 53 inches of snow in two days, so not surprising. Still, pretty ironic!

2017-12-29 - Hole opens on I-70 bridge near Floyd Hill (Colorado):

2017-12-29 - Hole opens on I-40 bridge in Del City (Oklahoma):

2017-12-30 - Three-story building partially collapses in Kolkata (India), 3 injured:

2017-12-31 - Water main breaks, homes flood, in Fox Chase section of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-31 - Power outages hit Greenbrier County and Pocahontas County (West Virginia):

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