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106 Years Ago, A Mysterious Explosion 1000x More Powerful Than The Hiroshima Bomb Rocked Siberia
BI ^ | 6-30-2014 | Sam Ro

Posted on 06/30/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT by blam

Sam Ro
June 30, 2014

Today is the 106th anniversary of a historic explosion that still has no clear explanation.

It happened in Tunguska, a remote forest area in the middle of Siberia.

The blast had the power of 15 megatons of TNT, roughly a thousand times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima Japan. The event was so powerful that it was felt and heard a thousand miles away.

Locals believed the blast was supernatural, caused by a god that was punishing people for their wickedness.

Scientists, on the other hand, believed it was a meteor.

Here's Where It Gets Weird

20 years passed before the first Russian scientists went to the site to investigate.

If it was a meteor, there would be a crater and meteorite fragments.

However, there was no crater. And there were no fragments.

In fact, at the epicenter of the explosion was a grove of untouched, fully grown trees. Surrounding that tiny grove was around 800 square miles of leveled trees

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: meteor; siberia; tesla; tunguska; ufo
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It's Always Something. IAS

1 posted on 06/30/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Tunguska Event

2 posted on 06/30/2014 10:12:26 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

3 posted on 06/30/2014 10:12:47 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: blam

I thought Nikolai Tesla was blamed for that.


4 posted on 06/30/2014 10:13:28 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: blam

I remember The Ghostbusters talked of this...


5 posted on 06/30/2014 10:14:14 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please Support Free Republic.)
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To: blam

First Time Machine experimental prototype trial run.
Catastrophic destruction of unit and pilot.......................


6 posted on 06/30/2014 10:14:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,748 threads and 84,975 replies..)
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To: blam

A huge gas bubble ignited by lightning?


7 posted on 06/30/2014 10:14:33 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary 2016! Really??? That's Retarded Sir.)
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To: blam
Turns out that a meteor doesn't have to actually hit the ground to cause lots of damage. And airburst of a meteor can cause that damage without leaving a crater.

Turns out that airbursts are much more common than previous suspected. The recent Russian meteor did lots of damage (broken windows, collapsing weak structures) without leaving a big crater.

/johnny

8 posted on 06/30/2014 10:16:31 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
"A huge gas bubble ignited by lightning?"

Wouldn't gas have caused a large number of asphyxian deaths?

9 posted on 06/30/2014 10:18:12 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

It is strictly a Noory’s Coast to Coast AM topic, also know as
George Noory’s Wacko to Wacko AM.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Tunguska,&rlz=1T4GGNI_enUS523US523&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=qpuxU7bsBIWOqAaix4Bg&ved=0CDYQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=585
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event


10 posted on 06/30/2014 10:21:43 AM PDT by BilLies ( it isn't the color of the skin, but culture that is embraced that degrades.)
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To: blam
It could be seen from space. fart photo: FART!!! 10.jpg
11 posted on 06/30/2014 10:22:00 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Dr. Sivana

That was my understanding per History Ch. (?)


12 posted on 06/30/2014 10:23:59 AM PDT by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
I remember The Ghostbusters talked of this...

Yup. But Dr. Stantz got the year wrong...

13 posted on 06/30/2014 10:26:20 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: JRandomFreeper

It has long been known that it was not a meteor; absolutely no fragments. One long held idea is that it was an ice comet airburst which seems to make a lot of sense.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 10:27:17 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: blam

Bush’s fault © ™ ®


15 posted on 06/30/2014 10:29:06 AM PDT by Larry381 (“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Turns out that a meteor doesn’t have to actually hit the ground to cause lots of damage. And airburst of a meteor can cause that damage without leaving a crater.


The damage caused by the meteor over Russia a few years ago proved that.

/laplata


16 posted on 06/30/2014 10:29:15 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: RJS1950
There were very few fragments of the recent Russian meteor that caused damage. And that's with modern technology that used videos from surveillance cameras at businesses to triangulate on the exact path of the meteor.

No fragments of Tunguska were found. That doesn't mean there weren't some.

/johnny

17 posted on 06/30/2014 10:30:28 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: laplata

Super-Duper Bigfoot?


18 posted on 06/30/2014 10:30:53 AM PDT by Radagast the Fool (At my signal, UNLEASH PALIN!!)
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To: Radagast the Fool

LOL He was looking for tree tooth picks.


19 posted on 06/30/2014 10:32:57 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

The fragments were spread out over a large area.

/laplata


20 posted on 06/30/2014 10:37:35 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: laplata
I've had Monday mornings like that....

/johnny

21 posted on 06/30/2014 10:39:26 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Fragments from the recent Russian meteor are few for now because there have been no long term searches for the fragments and also the fact that despite the explosion, it was a small meteor.

Tunguska was a very large event, many times bigger than the recent Russian meteor. The fact that it flattened such a massive area and nothing has been found from multiples searches and explorations says pretty definitively that it was not meteoric in nature. Even the huge rock that hit the Yucatan millions of years ago left plenty of fragmentary evidence.


22 posted on 06/30/2014 10:41:29 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Maybe Torchwood got there first?


23 posted on 06/30/2014 10:43:55 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: RJS1950
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Newer research into meteor strikes is calling into question the historical explanation for Tunguska.

The recent Russian event restarted research into the phenomenon.

Airbursts don't leave evidence like earthstrikes do.

I'll see if I can find some of the modern research for you.

/johnny

24 posted on 06/30/2014 10:45:54 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: blam
In fact, at the epicenter of the explosion was a grove of untouched, fully grown trees. Surrounding that tiny grove was around 800 square miles of leveled trees

A huge ball of ice plummets through the atmosphere. The side closest to earth sees the most intense friction. The underside heats up to the point where ice transforms from solid to gas in nearly an instant and finally explodes. Intuition says that the side closest to earth is the hottest where the top is much cooler. Upon exploding the blast would have pushed away from the hot side. The cool side would have resisted and pushed the blast downward like a shaped charge.

We must take into account that upward air pressure resisting the fall would have resisted the downward blast pushing the blast away from the sides where the pressure of the slip stream is minimal. This would have tended to redirect the explosion radially. How much, I don't know.

Trees at the epicenter would have felt a downward pressure whereas the trees to the side would have felt a lateral pressure. I would have guessed that the trees at the epicenter would have been stripped of their branches.

I'm not fully satisfied with the ice ball theory. I'm not a believer in the spaceship theory. Any intelligence that can cross the galaxy should have better quality control against failure. The UFO guys have too many alien crashes for my taste to be believable.

I'm going for a natural event. One that can explode radially with minimal downward blast.

25 posted on 06/30/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Couldn’t be a gas explosion. It was too large a concentrated explosion.


26 posted on 06/30/2014 10:52:35 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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Fascinating. BFL


27 posted on 06/30/2014 10:53:43 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: blam

bump


28 posted on 06/30/2014 11:04:25 AM PDT by angelsonmyside
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To: Bringbackthedraft

“A huge gas bubble ignited by lightning?”

What. . .Michael Moore was in Russia?


29 posted on 06/30/2014 11:13:51 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

” I would have guessed that the trees at the epicenter would have been stripped of their branches.”

If the trees were not killed, a lot of new branches would likely grow in 20 years making the “grove” appear untouched.


30 posted on 06/30/2014 11:19:29 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: blam
Wouldn't gas have caused a large number of asphyxian deaths?

Fortunately the event was in a sparsely populated area.

31 posted on 06/30/2014 11:25:52 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Turns out that airbursts are much more common than previous suspected.”

Only to the idiots in universities that don’t get out much. NORAD has tracked countless airbursts since they first started tracking objects from space. Most are small, maybe could level a house or a city block, but a few could level a city.


32 posted on 06/30/2014 11:31:24 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I thought Nikolai Tesla was blamed for that.....He never should’a ponted that thing up there.


33 posted on 06/30/2014 11:31:43 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
New York Times, March 19, 1907

TESLA'S WIRELESS TORPEDO
Inventor Says He Did Show That It Worked Perfectly

To the Editor of The New York Times:

A report in the Times of this morning says that I have attained no practical results with my dirigible wireless torpedo. I have constructed such machines, and shown them in operation on frequent occasions. They have worked perfectly and everybody who saw them was amazed at their performance.

It is true that my efforts to have this novel means for attack and defense adopted by our Government have been unsuccessful, but this is no discredit to my invention. I have spent years in fruitless endeavor before the world recognized the value of my rotating field discoveries which are now universally applied. The time is not yet ripe for the telautomatic art. If its possibilities were appreciated the nations would not be building large battleships. Such a floating fortress may be safe against an ordinary torpedo, but would be helpless in a battle with a machine which carries twenty tons of explosive, moves swiftly underwater, and is controlled with precision by an operator beyond the range of the largest gun.

As to projecting wave-energy to any particular region of the globe, I have given a clear description of the means in technical publications. Not only can this be done by the means of my devices, but the spot at which the desired effect is to be produced can be calculated very closely, assuming the accepted terrestrial measurements to be correct. This, of course, is not the case. Up to this day we do not know a diameter of the globe within one thousand feet. My wireless plant will enable me to determine it within fifty feet or less, when it will be possible to rectify many geodetical data and make such calculations as those referred to with greater accuracy.

NIKOLA TESLA
New York, March 19, 1907

More about Tesla and his wireless torpedo

34 posted on 06/30/2014 11:40:59 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: blam

Eyewitnesses, the ones who at least heard it, reported more than one explosion.


35 posted on 06/30/2014 12:37:10 PM PDT by odawg
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To: blam
Close up view of the impact site. If google maps would give you Wikipedia links, you could see better. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event Just off the top left is Lake Cheko, that is speculated to be where a chunk of the comet/meteor did hit.
36 posted on 06/30/2014 4:15:03 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian
Well dang, that didn't work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

https://www.google.com/maps/@60.9053408,101.9557506,7481m/data=!3m1!1e3

37 posted on 06/30/2014 4:16:12 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: blam

I think this was already covered on the X-Files.


38 posted on 06/30/2014 4:16:15 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: blam
It's Always Something. IAS


39 posted on 06/30/2014 4:20:27 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Red Badger
First Time Machine experimental prototype trial run.
Catastrophic destruction of unit and pilot.......................

It does take a lot energy to bend spacetime.

40 posted on 06/30/2014 4:23:13 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sounds like the most plausible explanation.


41 posted on 06/30/2014 4:52:51 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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