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I'm reading about Sodom and Gomorrah on Wikipedia when I come across this: "One such idea is that the Dead Sea was devastated by an earthquake between 2100 and 1900 BCE. This might have unleashed showers of steaming tar."

What is a "tar shower?" Are there any documented cases of this? When I googled this, it went to the visual dictionary referenced in the Wikipedia article, which didn't explain the concept either.

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Natural oil seeps are not unusual, the light components evaporate leaving "tar". Then an earthquake could cause a release of gas which if in just the right location could blow the tar into the air. Normally the gas escapes through the tar and throws it only a very shot distance, like an inch.

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