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Siberia crater accompanied by big bang, glow

June 8, 2016 | Comment icon 6 comments



What is responsible for the Siberian permafrost craters ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Adha65
New details have emerged about the mysterious crater which opened up in a remote part of Siberia in 2013.
Originally discovered by reindeer herders, the huge crater, which was initially reported to be around 4 meters across and 100 meters deep, has since grown in size by as much as 15 times.

Now according to Dr Vladimir Epifanov, the only expert to have ever visited the site, the appearance of the hole was actually accompanied by reports of an explosion and a glowing light in the sky.

"There is verbal information that residents of nearby villages - at a distance of 70-100 km - heard a sound like an explosion, and one of them watched a clear glow in the sky," he said.
"It was about one month after the Chelyabinsk meteorite."

Several more of the craters would go on to appear across the region in the months that followed including one in the Yamal peninsula - a name which means "end of the world".

Scientists believe that the holes are opening up due to explosions of natural gas, however it isn't clear if this is what is happening in every case as some of the craters appear different.

"It is not like the work of men, but it also doesn't look like natural formation," said Dr Epifanov.

Source: Siberian Times | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Interesting.  I wonder why only one expert has examined the site.  If the holes are being caused by natural gas, it might be worthwhile for a company in Russia to go see if the gas pocket is big enough to be commercial and tap it before the whole thing goes BOOM!  Of course they'd have to make sure the pocket isn't on fire first.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Nnicolette 6 years ago
Well... Remember that hole that they lit on fire which never went out in turkmenistan? Hmmm....
Comment icon #3 Posted by djfxw 6 years ago
Is there any video of the inside?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Zalmoxis 6 years ago
I think it's a simple answer. Permafrost is what, ice? Dense ice. Dense ice could be melting and subliming beneath the surface, creating an underground spring or aquifer. The cracks created could become cavernous and as various sizes of chunks break apart and sink further into the permafrost they would create a crater on the surface. If such an underground landslide of crashing ice occurred with intense enough pressure you would get an ice volcano with a mist of ice ejecting into the atmosphere at the moment of the shift. Such volcanic activity is theorized on Saturn's moon Titan.
Comment icon #5 Posted by GreenmansGod 6 years ago
One thing Titan doesn't have that Siberia does is the biomass that makes methane as it thaws and decays. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
It's in a pretty remote area. My guess is it's not that easy to get there.  It's pretty creepy though isn't it?


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