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SIBERIA METEORITE FLATTENS 40 SQ MILES
The Times ^ | 7 June 2003 | Robin Shepherd

Posted on 06/09/2003 5:25:21 PM PDT by Mike Darancette

IF IT had hit Central London, Britain would no longer have a capital city. The force of the meteorite that hit eastern Siberia last September destroyed 40 square miles of forest and caused earth tremors felt 60 miles away.

An expedition from Russia's Kosmopoisk institute has only recently reached the site in a remote area north of Lake Baikal because of bad weather and difficult terrain, the Interfax news agency said yesterday.

Fragments of the meteorite had apparently exploded into shrapnel 18 miles above the Earth with the force of at least 200 tonnes of TNT.

At the time, Russian media reported that villagers 60 miles away had witnessed a gigantic fireball screeching down from the sky, causing windows to rattle and house lights to swing as they were hit by blast waves on September 25. There were no reported casualties.

Copyright 2003, The Times


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baillie; bibical; catastrophism; civilizations; comet; comets; destruction; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; impact; irkutsk; kaboomski; levy; meteorite; meteors; mikebaillie; myth; russia; shoemaker; siberia; tales; tunguska; velikovsky
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Or it could've hit Paris.

Though 200 of TNT Tons seems a little light.

1 posted on 06/09/2003 5:25:21 PM PDT by Mike Darancette
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To: Mike Darancette
tons Of TNT
2 posted on 06/09/2003 5:26:10 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soddom has left the bunker.)
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To: Mike Darancette
Like a mini Tunguska, cool.
3 posted on 06/09/2003 5:34:09 PM PDT by Notforprophet (Everything is true. Even false things are true.)
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To: Mike Darancette
You know, all kidding aside, it is amazingly lucky that the thing didn't come down over a more populated area. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
4 posted on 06/09/2003 5:34:58 PM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: Mike Darancette; blam
.2 kilotons is way small for a city buster.
5 posted on 06/09/2003 5:38:46 PM PDT by RightWhale (gazing at shadows)
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To: Mike Darancette
Last September and they only know reached it?

It wouldn't be like that here, by now there would already be a burger joint shaped like a flying saucer on the spot,
and a trailer from the Area 51 society, Art Bell would be
broadcasting from the smoking hole, and Peta would be protesting the loss of some obscure animal.
6 posted on 06/09/2003 5:39:14 PM PDT by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: Mike Darancette
Anybody got before/after satellite pics?
7 posted on 06/09/2003 5:40:04 PM PDT by rmmcdaniell
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To: Rebel_Ace
....."I Wouldn't Wish that on Anyone!"...

Come On!!-- Not Even "Mecca??"

Doc

8 posted on 06/09/2003 5:40:09 PM PDT by Doc On The Bay ( 2)
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To: tet68
...........and at least one reality TV show.
9 posted on 06/09/2003 5:40:25 PM PDT by breakem
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To: Mike Darancette
What is it about Siberia that attracts these weird explosions? Is Siberia accursed?
10 posted on 06/09/2003 5:41:49 PM PDT by LibKill (MOAB, the greatest advance in Foreign Relations since the cat-o'-nine-tails!)
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To: Rebel_Ace
You know, all kidding aside, it is amazingly lucky that the thing didn't come down over a more populated area. I wouldn't wish that on anyone

Well, the earth is 70% water, so chances are these things will hit in the middle of an ocean. Then, most areas of land are unpopulated still believe it or not. Take the land mass of the North Pole, Northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, the South Pole, etc...

Chances are good that these won't make direct hits on a populated area. But, there always is a chance, and somebody wins the lottery.

If this sucker hit downtown L.A. or hit about 2 miles off in the ocean in L.A. Harbor, we would still be talking about the damage. Direct hit of this thing in L.A. would make 9-11 look like a small death count in comparison.

11 posted on 06/09/2003 5:43:31 PM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: Mike Darancette
Sorry.

Can I have my meterorite back now ?
12 posted on 06/09/2003 5:45:21 PM PDT by PoorMuttly (I was cleaning it, and it just sort-of "went off")
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To: tet68
and Peta would be protesting the loss of some obscure animal.

ROTFL!!!

13 posted on 06/09/2003 5:45:41 PM PDT by cardinal4 (The Senate Armed Services Comm; the Chinese pipeline into US secrets)
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To: Mike Darancette
An apropos time to repeat my favorite one line post:
The sky is falling!
14 posted on 06/09/2003 5:46:14 PM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: LibKill
"Is Siberia accursed?"

Sort of like a trailer park with a tornado?

15 posted on 06/09/2003 5:48:06 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: Doc On The Bay
>>>....."I Wouldn't Wish that on Anyone!"... <<<

Not even on a Hillary book signing...?

16 posted on 06/09/2003 5:48:54 PM PDT by HardStarboard
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To: breakem
Tunguska Survivor.
In which three members of the politbureau, an Italian
socialist weather forcaster, two brainless french bimbos
and vladimir the vodka salesman struggle to survive the
effects of the rain of meteorites.

Last week one member of the politbureau,and the Italian were incinerated, and the rather hairy french bimbo
was killed by mosquitos.

Who will fall next?
17 posted on 06/09/2003 5:51:37 PM PDT by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: tet68
Not a bad idea to be voted out of Siberia.
18 posted on 06/09/2003 5:54:57 PM PDT by breakem
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To: Mike Darancette
SIBERIA METEORITE FLATTENS 40 SQ MILES, yadda yadda yadda
19 posted on 06/09/2003 5:55:31 PM PDT by putupon (Hi, my name is put, and i'm a FReepaholic)
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To: Mike Darancette
Didn't this happen in 1908? Worlds in Collision.
20 posted on 06/09/2003 5:56:47 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Mike Darancette
Interesting, I wonder how big it was? It's probably small enough to have went undetected even if we knew where to look.
21 posted on 06/09/2003 5:58:34 PM PDT by Brett66
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To: Mike Darancette
I thought if one of these things hit the earth it was supposed to end all life, you know, end the world, as supposedly happened in the dinosaur days. And if it hits an ocean the whole world is supposed to be flooded, you know, all that catastrophic stuff. Why didn't the world end from this one?
22 posted on 06/09/2003 6:05:00 PM PDT by Contra
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To: LibKill
What is it about Siberia that attracts these weird explosions? Is Siberia accursed?

No, it's just $(_@#!@#!@ huge.

It's the largest land area under a specific name on Earth.

23 posted on 06/09/2003 6:06:31 PM PDT by John H K
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To: Contra
There are much bigger ones out there.
24 posted on 06/09/2003 6:06:43 PM PDT by Sam Cree (HHDerelict)
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To: Contra
I thought if one of these things hit the earth it was supposed to end all life, you know, end the world, as supposedly happened in the dinosaur days. And if it hits an ocean the whole world is supposed to be flooded, you know, all that catastrophic stuff. Why didn't the world end from this one?

The world didn't end because it wasn't very big.

25 posted on 06/09/2003 6:07:49 PM PDT by John H K
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To: HardStarboard
I wanted to say what you said , but decided it wouldn't be nice, so I am glad you said it so I didn't have to! LOL
26 posted on 06/09/2003 6:08:49 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Sam Cree
And one of them has my name on it! I just know it! Help!
27 posted on 06/09/2003 6:10:43 PM PDT by Nathaniel Fischer (Mark Sanford in '08)
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To: Nathaniel Fischer
/sarcasm
28 posted on 06/09/2003 6:11:00 PM PDT by Nathaniel Fischer (Mark Sanford in '08)
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To: Mike Darancette
Its been almost a year, and still no pics..............*sigh*
29 posted on 06/09/2003 6:16:45 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Mike Darancette
All your asteroid are belong to us!
30 posted on 06/09/2003 6:18:55 PM PDT by Michael_Michaelangelo
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To: Contra
I thought if one of these things hit the earth it was supposed to end all life...

Depends how big it is, the BFR that got the dinos was 6 miles across, this one may have been 50-100 feet. And besides it started to come apart 18 miles above the earth.

31 posted on 06/09/2003 6:21:13 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soddom has left the bunker.)
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To: RightWhale; Billthedrill; Little Bill
".2 kilotons is way small for a city buster."

I remember this being reported, dang if I didn't forget all about it. 40 square miles, I wonder what kind of wave that would have made in the Gulf Of Mexico?

32 posted on 06/09/2003 6:21:49 PM PDT by blam
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To: HardStarboard
Where'd you get the name?
33 posted on 06/09/2003 6:24:42 PM PDT by Sam Cree (HHDerelict)
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To: Mike Darancette
the BFR that got the dinos

A few months ago, my seven year old said to me at bedtime "Dad, I think God used an asteroid to kill the dinasaurs to make room for the people." My wife and I thought it was a very profound statement for a youngster to make. It makes for a good story, eh? :)

MM

34 posted on 06/09/2003 6:24:53 PM PDT by Michael_Michaelangelo
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To: Contra
The Dark Ages: Were They Darker Than We Imagined
35 posted on 06/09/2003 6:25:49 PM PDT by blam
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To: Rebel_Ace
You know, all kidding aside, it is amazingly lucky that the thing didn't come down over a more populated area. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

Would have been seen as terrorism.

36 posted on 06/09/2003 6:25:52 PM PDT by Lazamataz (POLICE TAGLINE DO NOT CROSS POLICE TAGLINE DO NOT CROSS POLICE TAGLINE DO NOT CROSS POLICE TAGLINE D)
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To: Michael_Michaelangelo
"Dad, I think God used an asteroid to kill the dinasaurs to make room for the people."

That is profound and that is exactly the way it worked out.

37 posted on 06/09/2003 6:28:12 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soddom has left the bunker.)
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To: LibKill
What is it about Siberia that attracts these weird explosions? Is Siberia accursed?

No, just very, very big.

38 posted on 06/09/2003 6:30:45 PM PDT by Russian Sage
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To: LibKill
Is Siberia accursed?

No, just big. Which means the oceans had to have been hit more often. Makes me wonder if some mysterious ship disappearances, and some "rogue waves" are not explainable by asteroid impacts.

39 posted on 06/09/2003 6:32:21 PM PDT by eno_
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To: Contra
Why didn't the world end from this one?

Because my truck isn't paid off. Duh.

40 posted on 06/09/2003 6:37:02 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Mike Darancette
"----this one may have been 50-100 feet-----"

Can that size be detected, and if so ---why wasn't it news?

41 posted on 06/09/2003 6:37:39 PM PDT by Exit148 (Just added another $3.06 to the Loose Change Club collection bag for the next Freep-a-thon!)
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To: blam
40 square miles, I wonder what kind of wave that would have made in the Gulf Of Mexico?

This old sot?

42 posted on 06/09/2003 6:38:41 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Bumperootus!)
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To: Exit148
The size of the meteorite can be inferred from the size of the explosion
43 posted on 06/09/2003 6:41:09 PM PDT by Sentis
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To: dogbyte12; All
"Then, most areas of land are unpopulated still believe it or not. Take the land mass of the North Pole, Northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, the South Pole, etc..."

.....or even the US of A.

It never ceased to amaze me, during my days as a pilot, crisscrossing the country, how much wide open space there is in this country. The morons who complain about 'overpopulation' have apparently never bothered to fly a commercial airline and actually look out of the window.

We have a very, VERY large country, folks, and it is overwhelmingly un- or under-populated.

44 posted on 06/09/2003 6:42:53 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: blam
The 40 square miles of devastation is probably an overstatement. Damage over 40 square miles is possible, but devastation is not likely unless the forest caught fire.
45 posted on 06/09/2003 6:54:08 PM PDT by RightWhale (gazing at shadows)
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To: eno_
Evidence Of Tunguska-Type Impacts Over The Pacific Basin In 1178AD
46 posted on 06/09/2003 6:56:19 PM PDT by blam
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To: RightWhale
".2 kilotons is way small for a city buster."

The area mentioned is only about 6.2 miles square. Not very big! Not sure how that relates to Nagasaki area and size.

47 posted on 06/09/2003 7:04:36 PM PDT by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried.)
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To: eno_
That is an interesting point. We know that a really big meterorite struck Siberia in 1908, and now this smaller one. How many meteorites big enough to destroy a city have struck the oceans in the past decades? Every once in a while a ship seems to vanish without a trace. Once in a great while a ship survives some huge, unexplained wave. Sooner or later a populated area will be struck -- this could start a war if it is mistaken for an attack (imagine what might happen if a meteorite struck India or Pakistan).
48 posted on 06/09/2003 7:05:40 PM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (Lurking since 1997!)
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To: RightOnline
"We have a very, VERY large country, folks, and it is overwhelmingly un- or under-populated."

I agree 100%

We could turn Texas into a 'bedroom like community' and all the world's 6 billion people could live there.

49 posted on 06/09/2003 7:08:47 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
In year 1178 A.D., as related by Clube and Napier in their book The Cosmic Serpent, a strange event was observed to affect the Moon, which may be explained by a large impact on the hidden face, originating the Giordano Bruno crater.

In your "Dark Ages" post of yesterday it was suggested that there is a periodicity of 700-900 years to events that effect civilizations. Supposing that there was such an event at about 540 AD there seems to be no event following that time.

I submit that the Moon may have saved the Earth from an impact on or shortly after 1178 AD.

50 posted on 06/09/2003 7:13:03 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Soddom has left the bunker.)
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