Large Meteor Strikes
Southern Siberia

From Scott Corrales

(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 away.
Translation (C) 2002. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi.


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