Great Rift Sound
The Great Rift Sound (Dagelandic: Grote Soen) is an estuary of the Northern Ice Sea, located in central Uletha. The estuary is one of the largest in the world and borders or flows through the countries of Pretany, Unie der Dagelanden, and a Suria to the south. The mouth of the Sunada, Croxton, Ostia, Turpis, and the Antigo rivers within the Great Rift Deltas of Pretany, empties into the sound. The sound is split into four arms emptying into the Great North Sea through the Strait of Utta and the Glynian Sea at Krone in Dagelanden. For an estuary, it has one of the oldest economic international trade usages in the world, continuously since the 7th century AD.
Several major cities are situated along Great Rift Sound and more than 150 million people in 4 countries live within its watershed, making it one of the most populated drainage basins in the world. Major pretanic cities on the Sound include Port Emporia, Port Royal, Port Augusta, Port Dash, Port Southsmith, Port Welsh, Port Treva, and Port Battle. Dagelandic cities on the Sound include Krone, Utta, and Rulhaven.
Mansions, beaches and wealthy neighborhoods characterize a good portion of the Southwest coast of the sound from Port Emporia, Shadowfen Beach out to the partially Dagelandic speaking Brugge, and Grimchester Beach; and major port cities dominate the southwest pretanic arm in a semicircular area from Port Battle, Port Welsh, on to Port Emporia. Property values in eastern Blackumbria Shire, are among the highest in Pretany, due to the proximity to Port Emporia and their location on "The Sound". Suria is located On the two southeast arms. The northern part of the sound, northwestern arm, is called the Soen.
Climate and Geographical History
The great rift sound is part of the Great rift event geological area. It is a continuous geographic trench within a Graben, approximately 1,100 kilometres (726 mi) in length, that runs from deep within the continent to the Pogorian Bay. The name continues in some usages, although it is today considered geologically imprecise as it combines features that are today regarded as separate, although related, rift and fault systems, including the Pretanic Lake in the Inara Basin, an ancient volcanic caldera that was involved in the splitting of the continent. The great rift is subject to large but rare rift earthquakes. The largest of which being 8.2 in magnitude. In 2005, the 8.2 magnitude Port Emporia Rift Earthquake, centered on the Great Rift Sound caused $12 billion USD in damage. Port Emporia was nearly completely destroyed in an ensuing firestorm that burned over 70% of the city and required a massive rebuilding of the city. On 18 March 2006, a Pretanic Royal Police Agency report confirmed 9,800 deaths, 4,012 injured, and 1,100 people missing across twenty suburbs in Port Emporia, as well as 120,163 people living away from their home in either temporary housing or due to permanent relocation. A 11 March 2008 agency report listed 100,150 buildings totally collapsed, with a further 392,450 buildings 'half collapsed', and another 811,019 buildings partially damaged. Large earthquakes measuring between 5.0-6.0 in magnitude have done minor to marginal damage to the cities of Port Emporia, Port Augusta, and Mirgorod in 1432, 1544, 1670, 1840, and 1901 respectively. Earthquakes 7.0 and higher have hit only at a frequency of 1400 years. The last earthquake of that size happened before history was recorded in the area, with the last major quake being in 605AD.