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#1    Owlscrying

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 05:33 AM

Villagers in southern Peru have been struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area.

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was a plane crashing near their remote village, in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a "strange odour."

Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being taken to hospital.

Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene where the meteorite had left a crater 30m wide and 6m deep, said local official Marco Limache.

Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby.
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Posted 18 September 2007 - 07:07 AM

Oh could it be an alien biological weapon ??? ohmy.gif


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Posted 18 September 2007 - 11:20 AM

Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits village


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The impact that the meteorite left. (AAP)



Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said today.

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a "strange odor," local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.

Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said.

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Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 30-metre-wide and six-metre-deep crater, said local official Marco Limache.

"Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby. Residents are very concerned," he said.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 11:51 AM

you would think there would be some mention about some sort of follow up?
couldnt something like that potentially be dangerous ?

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 02:24 PM

Weird. Maybe it's some type of alien virus, that will plague mankind for the next 5 years. Untill the last human being dies from it on december 21st 2012.  huh.gif

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 03:30 PM

Maybe it was something in the ground that caused it, which was released after the meteorite hit?  It could be all sorts of things, I doubt it was directly caused by the meteorite.

Edited by Rowan! At The Disco, 18 September 2007 - 03:30 PM.


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Posted 18 September 2007 - 04:52 PM

eek, that sounds quite serious?? dontgetit.gif
i hope they're treating it as so..

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 06:59 PM


sounds like mass hysteria!
C'mon a backward village... do we of the scientific-minded west.. actually need to add anything else?



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Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:41 PM

WHOA!!  Thats a huge hole of a crater!  ...and that it was boiling the water inside it giving out toxic fumes!?  

Anyone here thinks it could be radioactive?


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Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:52 PM

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sounds like mass hysteria!
C'mon a backward village... do we of the scientific-minded west.. actually need to add anything else?

Comments like this are absolute proof of the lack of a scientific mind set of many in the west. Where is your evidence? Simply saying "it is so, no more to be said" is about as far away from scientific method as it is possible, it does show a rather bigoted attitude towards other cultures though.

There are any number of reasons that this object could have caused illness. Viruses from space are highly unlikely to be the cause, however this "meteorite" could easily be a part of a satellite or spent rocket stage that has survived re-entry. Some rocket fuels and oxidisers are highly toxic.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:54 PM

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Comments like this are absolute proof of the lack of a scientific mind set of many in the west. Where is your evidence? Simply saying "it is so, no more to be said" is about as far away from scientific method as it is possible, it does show a rather bigoted attitude towards other cultures though.

There are any number of reasons that this object could have caused illness. Viruses from space are highly unlikely to be the cause, however this "meteorite" could easily be a part of a satellite or spent rocket stage that has survived re-entry. Some rocket fuels and oxidisers are highly toxic.


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Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:01 PM

The Andromeda Strain.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:06 PM

when i see stories like these I always think of a virus that would turn the world into nothing but flesh eating zombies  gunsmilie.gif

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:34 PM


Do we have any empirical data to support such claims?
If not, in the absence of evidence I'd like to deploy occam's razor.


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Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:53 PM

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when i see stories like these I always think of a virus that would turn the world into nothing but flesh eating zombies  gunsmilie.gif


Hmmm...do you play a lot of video games?  wink2.gif

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