1927 Crimean earthquakes

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Coordinates: 45°N 35°E / 45°N 35°E / 45; 35

The 1927 Crimean earthquakes occurred on June 26 and September 11–12, 1927 in the waters of the Black Sea, hitting the Crimean peninsula. The June earthquake hit with a force of 6-7 on the Richter scale,[1] while the one in mid-September was reported to have been up to 9 on the Richter scale near the city of Yalta.[2]

During the September earthquake, observers reported seeing large fiery flares erupting from the Black Sea ranging from 20 to 500 metres high.[3] These flames were probably caused by the combustion of methane eruptions triggered by the earthquake.[3]

One of the earthquakes is mentioned in the novel The Twelve Chairs by Ilf and Petrov.


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  3. ^ a b Pelinovsk, E. (2007). "Asteroid impact in the Black Sea: tsunami and toxic gas emission". European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2008-02-23.