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The Long Read: The 1908 Tunguska Mystery Explosion

Old 05-19-2018, 10:18 PM
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BBC - Earth - In Siberia in 1908, a huge explosion came out of nowhere

"At that moment there was a bang in the sky and a mighty crash… The crash was followed by a noise like stones falling from the sky, or of guns firing."

This "Tunguska event" remains the most powerful of its kind recorded in history – it produced about 185 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb (with some estimates coming in even higher). Seismic rumbles were even observed as far away as the UK.



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Read the article; interesting. Surprised no one wants to totally investigate what actually happened using today’s technology.
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earth farted.
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Originally Posted by Jimm View Post
Read the article; interesting. Surprised no one wants to totally investigate what actually happened using today’s technology.
if that hit a metropolitan area it would have been quieter a different story!

imagine 185 times the power of Hiroshima!
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Perhaps it is the harbinger of the return of dragons.
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yep, certainly AWAWBIG
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Pre- Global warming..
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I can't imagine it being a comet, not sure how ice would make an explosion. I'm more inclined to go with the lake theory.
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
I can't imagine it being a comet, not sure how ice would make an explosion. I'm more inclined to go with the lake theory.
Ice being water when rapidly superheated would create a massive explosion of steam and energy, that is one reason why steam explosions of boilers et cetera are so dangerous.

That said I'm with you.
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I can't imagine it being a comet, not sure how ice would make an explosion. I'm more inclined to go with the lake theory.
Anything entering the atmosphere at 9-19 miles per second (47,000 fps -100,000 fps) is going to pack quite a wallop.
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earth farted.
Yeah, but who lit it?
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Originally Posted by Seacat FL View Post
Anything entering the atmosphere at 9-19 miles per second (47,000 fps -100,000 fps) is going to pack quite a wallop.
Agreed.

Purely from a kinetic perspective, then you through in the vaporization of water or ice and you've got a megaton event!
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Originally Posted by Seacat FL View Post
Anything entering the atmosphere at 9-19 miles per second (47,000 fps -100,000 fps) is going to pack quite a wallop.
Especially when it's bigger than a football field. There was another air burst in Russia caught on video a few years ago.
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