Monday, February 04, 2008

Another theory on the Tunguska Event

The Tunguska Event was a massive explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya (Lower Stony) Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia, at around 7:17 a.m. on June 30, 1908 Julian (July 13 on Gregorian calendar). [Snatched from Wikipedia because I'm too lazy to write my own explanation]. It has been variously blamed on a meteoroid or a comet. The meteoroid proponents point out the problems with the comet theory, and the comet proponents point out the problems with the meteoroid theory. The cause of the explosion has never been conclusively explained.

Here's a new theory that it was the cause was geophysical in origin, rather than extra-terrestrial. A combination of tectonic forces and atmospheric conditions.

Interesting, long and technical, but worth reading if you're a strange phenomena buff.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting stuff. I always just accepted the comet exploding in the atmosphere theory.