July 1, 2012
Today is the 104th anniversary of a historic explosion that still has no clear explanation.
It happened in Tunguska, a remote forest area in the middle of Siberia.
The blast had the power of 15 megatons of TNT, roughly a thousand times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima Japan. The event was so powerful that it was felt and heard a thousand miles away.
Locals believed the blast was supernatural, caused by a god that was punishing people for their wickedness.
Scientists, on the other hand, believed it was a meteor.
Here’s Where It Gets Weird
20 years passed before the first Russian scientists went to the site to investigate.
If it was a meteor, there would be a crater and meteorite fragments.
However, there was no crater. And there were no fragments.
In fact, at the epicenter of the explosion was a grove of untouched, fully grown trees. Surrounding that tiny grove was around 800 square miles of leveled trees.
This article was posted: Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 4:34 am