- (EFE News) -- Residents of several villages in the Russian
region of Irkutsk watched, with a mixture of awe and fear, the fall of
an enormous luminous object in this southern Siberian area. Scientists
have identified the object as a meteorite.
- Several witnesses to the skyfall immediately sounded
the alarm and contacted the Institute of Solar Physics of the Western Siberian
Department of the Russian Academy of Science. In turn, the Emergency Situations
Ministry was notified due to the commotion that the object's fall caused
among the region's population.
- According to residents of the villages of Bodaibo, Balajniniski,
Mama and Kropotkin, the alleged meteorite left a long trail in the sky
before crashing violently against the taiga or Siberian forest.
- Witnesses some 100 to 150 kilometers away from the point
of impact noted that when the object collided, it caused a huge tremor
similar to that of an earthquake, amid a deafening noise. They also remarked
that following the impact, sporadic flashes of light were seen in the forested
hills. Guelii Zherebtsov of the aforementioned Institute of Solar Physics
noted that the celestial body must have been a very large meteorite. He
added that preparatios are being amde to explore the impact site, located
between Baljninski and Kiajta.
- This meteor strike was reminiscent of the Tungunska incident,
which occurred in another Siberian region located to the north. On June
30, 1908, an unknown object crashed against the taiga and razed thousands
of hectares of forest. The alleged meteorite--the explanation given by
conventional scientists--had a mass of approximately 100,000 tons and impacted
with a force of 40 tons of TNT: 2000 times the power of the Hiroshima A-bomb.
The Tungunska object, identified by some as an extraterrestrial spacecraft,
razed nearly 2150 sq. km of forest and, as occurred with today's phenomenon,
lightning and strange lights were seen at its epicenter hundreds of kilometers
- Translation (C) 2002. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic
Ufology. Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi.