Monday, January 10, 2005

Why have I not heard of the Tunguska Event before?

Evidently, on June 30, 1908, there was a huge aerial explosion over the Siberian Taiga. They called it the Tunguska Event. The size of the blast was estimated to be between 10 and 15 megatons. It knocked down 60 million trees.

Early in the morning that day, Siberian tribesmen observed a huge fireball moving across the sky. They said it was about as bright as the sun. Minutes later, there was a brilliant flash, and then a huge shock wave that knocked people off their feet over 400 miles away. In the weeks following the explosion, the night skies glowed brightly enough for people in Europe and western Russia to read by.

They're not sure what caused this thing, but the leading hypothesis is that of a meterorite.

Why have I not heard of this before? If you have an explosion THAT BIG, shouldn't everyone have learned about it in high school? Maybe I was asleep that day...


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