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Posted on 10/05/2002 12:02:00 PM PDT by blam
Asteroid 'hit northern Russia'
A large meteorite is thought to have smashed into a forest in a remote area of Russia.
Residents in the town of Bodaibo, in the Irkutsk region of Siberia, saw a large luminous body fall from the sky.
They say the impact caused the ground to shake and made a sound like thunder.
Flashes of bright light could be seen above the impact site, which was a long way from any settlements according to the Russian newspaper Pravda.
"Locals felt a strong shock, which could be comparable to an earthquake," said the report. "In addition to that, the people also heard a thunder-like sound."
Asteroid expert Dr Benny Peiser, from Liverpool John Moore's University, said: "If the eyewitness accounts are confirmed, this fact of an earth tremor together with thunder-like explosive sounds would indicate a rather significant impact event."
He said the incident occurred on the same day as the US House of Representatives debated the need to search for smaller asteroids and the danger of mistaking impacts for nuclear attacks.
At least 30 times a year, asteroids smash into the Earth's atmosphere and explode with the force of a nuclear bomb.
These smaller asteroids, between 200 and 500 metres wide, could potentially demolish a city with a direct hit or cause tsunamis - giant waves - capable of wiping out entire coastal areas if they land in the ocean.
Astronomers estimate there could be between 900 and 1,300 large asteroids measuring one kilometre or more in our part of the solar system, while the number of smaller bodies could amount to 50,000.
Story filed: 18:25 Friday 4th October 2002
Also, the Manicouagan Reservoir is a peculiar circular body of water surrounding a large land mass that was formed behind the Daniel Johnson Dam in northeastern Quebec.
Have you ever been to Meteor Crater in Arizona? An unbelievably impressive sight/site.
I've never been to Meteor Crater in Arizona, but from pictures I've seen I would guess it is much smaller than this.
Thanks for the very interesting photo. It almost looks like a giant caldera. I'll do a Google search to find out more.
I've seen one... Over PA a few years ago.
I know one hit in the Mediterranean sea a few months ago and in Greenland in 1997 but 30 times a year? I know at least 30 get absorbed into our atmosphere but to explode like a nuclear bomb?.
You seen one blow up over PA?
We're talking high altitude bursts here, not ground-strikes, like in Greenland.
Thanks for the post. I'm sort of new to all of this. What is your opinion of Velikovsky? Also did you see the show about Venus on the Science channel last night. Very interesting stuff.
He got a lot of thing correct, however, his biggest problem was that he tried to explain everything.
No I didn't see the program on Venus.
Venus' atmosphere circles the planet at a much faster rate than Venus' rotation. (I forget the exact figures, and don't have time to look them up, but it was something like 5 days for the atmoshere to rotate once versus a couple hundred days for Venus to make one revolution)
Venus rotates backwards relative to the rest of the solar system.
The most interesting tidbit was the information about the surface of the planet. They said that the planet was evenly covered with around only 1,000 craters. They made the point that this was very unusual because it implied that the surface was much "younger" than they expected to find. They pretty much stated as fact that the planet was over 4 billion years old and this meant that the surface had been molten and then solidified in the recent past (the number that was thrown around was 1/2 billion years ago). I'm sure Velikovski would have had a field day with this information. I'm sure he would have taken issue with their conclusions as far as the age of the surface- and the "planet" itself. The scientists reeled off a list of puzzling facts about the planet, but never once mentioned Velikovski or that these puzzling facts just support his theories even more.
Test for radiatation. Could be a nuclear test.
Just updating the GGG info, not sending a general distribution.
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I had a dream of this.
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