posted on Oct, 17 2004 @ 02:19 PM
Well, no towns have been found that were named Sodom or Gomorrah.
There are some sites that SOME Biblical archaeolgists feel were "Sodom" and "Gomorrah" and these cities on the plain were destroyed by fire
after/around/subsequent to an earthquake:
However, some of the theories are skirting the edge of the ridiculous:
There is ample evidence of subterranean deposits of a petroleum-based substance called bitumen, similar to asphalt, in the region south of the Dead
Sea. Such material normally contains a high percentage of sulfur. It has been postulated by geologist Frederick Clapp that pressure from an earthquake
could have caused the bitumen deposits to be forced out of the earth through a fault line. As it gushed out of the earth it could have been ignited by
a spark or surface fire. It would then fall to earth as a burning, fiery mass.
...which is pretty bad geological reasoning, actually. Earthquakes don't cause road tar to suddenly leap into the air and start burning, and this
line of reasoning is pretty weak.
The website that referred me to the above essay then links to another website that proclaims that there's "considerable evidence" that Sodom and
Gomorrah are located under the Dead Sea:
So the answer is: nobody knows. There's the Biblical story, but no local stories and no other written/carved/archaeological evidence to determine if
any of the above cities are the ones mentioned in the Bible or whether the Bible stories are simply retold and amplified versions of something else.