Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, was not a particularly good day for the residents of Sochi, Russia, a city on the coast of the Black Sea. A gas pipeline explosion rocked the city in the early morning, followed by a 5.5 earthquake a little later. This morning’s earthquake was one of three quakes felt in Sochi since December 10.
- A shallow 5.5 (possibly 5.6) quake hit Sochi early Wednesday, Dec 26
- A quake of the same magnitude rattled Sochi Sunday, Dec 16.
- A quake of 4.8 felt in Sochi struck near Novorossiysk Monday, Dec 10
Authorities say the quakes caused no damage in Sochi, but there were reports of homes shaking, dishes clinking, and furniture sliding, sending panicked residents into the streets. A loss of power added to the panic.
Since Dec 23, there have been dozens of tremors in the Black Sea at the depth of 10 km, the most powerful of which were 5.7, 5.0, and 5.5 magnitude quakes.
According to local fishermen, fish have left the coastal waters, perhaps an omen of a more powerful earthquake to come. Quake rumors spread after tremors early on Wednesday damaged dozens of homes on the Black Sea coast. Thousands of terrified Georgia residents remained outdoors for several hours for fear of a devastating earthquake, and Georgian television reported the evacuation of Batumi hospital patients, who insisted on evacuation.
In fact, rumors of a strong earthquake about to strike the city became so prevalent that Sochi’s administration issued a statement urging residents “not to succumb to panic,” threatening police action against those spreading earthquake rumors.
As this area usually does not have frequent earthquakes, what could be causing this?
According to ZetaTalk, this region, including the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, and the rivers feeding them, is in a stretch zone. Tectonic plates are moving and converging. To those who know of ZetaTalk, gas explosions and earthquake activity here come as no surprise.
In fact, in September 2011, something amazing happened in this area – land rose from the sea. Huge beds of clay and stone rose about 5 meters above the Sea of Azov in the Temryuk district of Krasnodar region forming a peninsula. A huge strip of land, 800 meters long and 50 meters wide, grew up on the very spot where just a week before the waters of the Sea of Azov had been.
Again, to those familiar with ZetaTalk and Poleshift.ning, the cause of the rising seabed comes as no surprise. Tectonic plates converged and squeezed out a layer of clay. The earthquake swarms in the Black Sea area and Sochi are only a few hundred miles (374 km) from the Temryuk Peninsula, where land rose from the Sea of Azov..
Are these stretch zone incidents? You bet! Expect more of the same.
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