Earthquake, pipeline explosion rattles Russia's Black Sea coast

Posted Dec 26, 2012 by Greta McClain
A gas pipeline explosion and mild earthquake has struck near the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the second earthquake in the area in the past three days.
A gas pipeline explosion
A gas pipeline explosion
On Sunday, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded 47km (29mi) southwest of Och'amch'ire, Georgia. The epicenter of the earthquake was 170.2 km (106.2 miles) off the coast of Sochi according to Earthquake Track.
The epicenter of Wednesday's earthquake, which measured 5.3 in magnitude, was roughly 20 miles east of Sunday's epicenter. Striking at 0242 local time (2242 GMT), the quake caused little or no damage to buildings.
Epicenter of earthquake that struck off the coast of the Black Sea.
Epicenter of earthquake that struck off the coast of the Black Sea.
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Russian Emergencies Ministry official, Irina Gogoleva, told Reuters:
"The Emergencies Ministry servicemen scoured through the city districts, bridges and electrical cables, there was no damage," Gogoleva said, adding that the epicentre of the quake was some 150 kilometres (93 miles) off Sochi in the Black Sea."
Shortly before the earthquake, a gas pipeline ruptured and exploded near Sochi. Gogoleva told the Moscow Times that the cause of the explosion is unknown at this time. The city's power plant switched to fuel oil to power the city's electrical grid.
Sochi is located on the Black Sea coast of Georgia. It is the first Russian city to be awarded a Winter Olympics.