Skip to comments.106 Years Ago, A Mysterious Explosion 1000x More Powerful Than The Hiroshima Bomb Rocked Siberia
Posted on 06/30/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT by blam
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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I thought Nikolai Tesla was blamed for that.
I remember The Ghostbusters talked of this...
First Time Machine experimental prototype trial run.
Catastrophic destruction of unit and pilot.......................
A huge gas bubble ignited by lightning?
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.
Wouldn't gas have caused a large number of asphyxian deaths?
It is strictly a Noory’s Coast to Coast AM topic, also know as
George Noory’s Wacko to Wacko AM.
That was my understanding per History Ch. (?)
Yup. But Dr. Stantz got the year wrong...
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.
Bushs fault © ®
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.
No fragments of Tunguska were found. That doesn't mean there weren't some.
LOL He was looking for tree tooth picks.
The fragments were spread out over a large area.
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.
Maybe Torchwood got there first?
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.
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.
Couldn’t be a gas explosion. It was too large a concentrated explosion.
“A huge gas bubble ignited by lightning?”
What. . .Michael Moore was in Russia?
” 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.
Fortunately the event was in a sparsely populated area.
“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.
I thought Nikolai Tesla was blamed for that.....He never should’a ponted that thing up there.
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.
New York, March 19, 1907
Eyewitnesses, the ones who at least heard it, reported more than one explosion.
I think this was already covered on the X-Files.
It does take a lot energy to bend spacetime.
Sounds like the most plausible explanation.