1927 Crimean earthquakes

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1927 Crimean earthquakes
1927 Crimean earthquakes is located in Crimea
1927 Crimean earthquakes
UTC time1927-09-11 22:15:51
ISC event909503
Local dateSeptember 12, 1927 (1927-09-12)
Local time00:15
Magnitude6.7 Mw [1]
Depth35 km (22 mi) [1]
Epicenter44°25′41″N 34°25′19″E / 44.428°N 34.422°E / 44.428; 34.422Coordinates: 44°25′41″N 34°25′19″E / 44.428°N 34.422°E / 44.428; 34.422 [1]
Areas affectedYalta, Crimea
Max. intensityMSK-64 VIII (Damaging)
TsunamiYes [2]
Foreshocks6.0 (est) June 26 at 11:20 UTC [3]
Aftershocks4.9 (est) Sept 16 at 08:21 UTC [3]
Casualties12 [4]

The 1927 Crimean earthquakes occurred in the month of June and again in September in the waters of the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula. Each of the submarine earthquakes in the sequence triggered tsunami. The June event was moderate relative to the large September 11 event, which had at least one aftershock that also generated a tsunami. Following the large September event, natural gas that was released from the sea floor created flames that were visible along the coastline, and was accompanied by bright flashes and explosions.

June 26 event[edit]

The June shock was a strong event with a magnitude of 6.0 that caused a nondestructive tsunami along the coast. The shock occurred at a depth of 27 kilometres (17 mi) on the submarine slope near Yalta. The shock's intensity was gauged to be VII–VIII (Very strong–Damaging) on the Medvedev–Sponheuer–Karnik scale. Tide gauge stations recorded waves with a maximum amplitude of 16 centimetres (6.3 in) at Yalta, 14 centimetres (5.5 in) at Yevpatoria, and 8 centimetres (3.1 in) at Feodosia.[3]

September 11 event[edit]

The September event struck the Crimean Peninsula with a moment magnitude of 6.7 at a depth of 35 kilometres (22 mi). This destructive earthquake occurred at 22:15 UTC and was recorded by several early seismographs. The shock was centered about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of Yalta and had a maximum perceived intensity of VIII (Damaging) on the Medvedev–Sponheuer–Karnik scale. Near the epicentral region, fishermen reported disturbance of the sea, with tidal gauges recording 53 cm (21 in) waves at Yevpatoria and 35 cm (14 in) waves in Yalta.[1][3]

Numerous, very large flames were seen offshore Sevastopol, Cape Lucullus, and Yalta in the early morning following the September event. Several types of fire and flame were described by witnesses. Pale flames were up to 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) wide and up to 500 metres (1,600 ft) in height, and were visible for several minutes at a time. Other flames began with a whitish glow and became bright red; this style of flame sometimes burned for more than an hour. Bright flashes and explosions were also reported. The flames and explosions were attributed to methane or other hydrocarbon gasses that had been released from the seabed and spontaneously combusted in Phosphine (a self-igniting gas).[5]

September 16 event[edit]

An aftershock that was estimated to have a magnitude of 4.9 occurred on September 16 at 08:21 UTC. The shock was described as weak, but the sea receded at Balaklava Bay.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d ISC (2014), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2009), Version 1.05, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ Dotsenko, S. F.; Konovalov, A. V. (1996), "Tsunami waves in the Black Sea in 1927: Observations and numerical modelling", Physical Oceanography, 7 (6): 389–401, doi:10.1007/BF02509653, S2CID 130574452
  3. ^ a b c d e Yalçiner, A.; Pelinovsky, E.; Talipova, T.; Kurkin, A.; Kozelkov, A.; Zaitsev, A. (2004), "Tsunamis in the Black Sea: Comparison of the historical, instrumental, and numerical data", Journal of Geophysical Research, 109 (C12): 5, 6, Bibcode:2004JGRC..10912023Y, doi:10.1029/2003JC002113
  4. ^ Significant Earthquake, National Geophysical Data Center
  5. ^ Daudina, D.; Tari, G. (2014). Description and interpretation of the 1927 earthquakes and catastrophic methane outbursts offshore Crimea, northern Black Sea, by Soviet geoscientists. AAPG International Conference & Exhibition – The Spirit Between Continents: Energy Geosciences in a Changing World, September 14–17, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, Search and Discovery Article #90194. American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

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