posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 06:46 PM
The issue with people thinking the crater seems to prove an impact event of some sort, e.g., plane, UFO, meteorite or otherwise, is troubling. There
are craters created by impact events and by explosives. Craters can form from explosions above, at or below the ground. Ever seen a crater from an
underground nuclear explosion or a volcano? A crater does not mean it was an impact event.
a link where you can even calculate the crater size for explosions and
A few posters have brought up other specific gas line explosions as well as lists of the frequency of these explosions that also support this and seem
to get passed over. As mentioned, the aging infrastructure, previous related issues with PS&E and the smell of gas in the area over the last couple
of weeks certainly lend credence to it simply being a gas line explosion. There's a large diameter transmission gas line below the area that has
potential for a lot of damage. I think I read somewhere that it's pressure was 900psi. The length of time the fire was obviously fueled and the
mention by many of the whooshing sound also support it being a gas line explosion. I saw pictures of what supposedly was a part of the pipe when it
initially blew apart.
Trying to relate it to an earthquake certainly makes sense given the area it's in. I had though the same and my initial reaction was to check for
any but didn't see any listed on USGS at the time it happened. The lack of that could also possibly be used to help conclude an impact event or not
as they often register, I believe. Someone posted a webicorder link to the presumed point of the explosion although I'm guessing it was a micro quake
below what USGS would list. Maybe someone more knowledgeable could expand on this if any of it has any merit one way or the other.
I truly haven't seen enough corroborating information yet for me to think that this was anything but a gas line explosion.
edit on 9/10/2010 by Three_moons because: Removed reference and link to picture that changed