The mysterious Tunguska Event

1908 7:17 am A giant fireball impacted in Siberia.

The mass of the unidentified object has been estimated at around 90,000 tonnes (about 100,000 tons) and the force of the explosion at 40 megatons of TNT. This is 2,000 times the force of the bomb exploded over Hiroshima in 1945. Even today, the exact cause of the explosion is unknown, but a widely proposed theory is that an asteroid's impact though the atmosphere caused the devastation, even before hitting the ground.

As old photographs show, and modern research confirms, an area as big as a large city had all its trees flattened by the awesome blast. The 'event' was so enormous that it has been estimated that had such an explosion occurred over Europe instead of the sparsely populated region of Siberia, the number of human victims might have been 500,000 or more.

Surprisingly, scientists of the day showed little interest in this extraordinary event and its consequences. Russia for the first two decades of the 20th Century was embroiled in war, revolution, and civil war, so it wasn't until the 1920s that anyone performed a serious investigation of what had happened on that fateful day at Tunguska ...


Read on at the Tunguska page in the Scriptorium

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