posted on Oct, 26 2003 @ 03:36 PM
"Legend: Scientists drilling in Siberia went too far and ended up punching a hole through to Hell, where the screams of the damned drifted up to
Example: [Brunvand, 1993]
Geologists working somewhere in remote Siberia had drilled a hole some 14.4 kilometers deep (about 9 miles) when the drill bit suddenly began to
rotate wildly. A Mr. Azzacov (identified as the project's manager) was quoted as saying they decided that the center of the earth was hollow.
Supposedly, the geologists measured temperatures of over 2,000 degrees in the deep hole. They lowered super sensitive microphones to the bottom of the
well, and to their astonishment they heard the sounds of thousands, perhaps millions, of suffering souls screaming. "
"Though it's impossible to pinpoint when the news story about a well in Russia transformed into a story about scientists breaking into Hell or who
was responsible for that transformation, we do know that in 1989 the TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK (TBN) aired a "Scientists Discover Hell" story and
placed the event as happening in the Kola Peninsula. A Norwegian schoolteacher visiting California heard that broadcast and took the story back to
Norway with him. He then mailed it to a Christian magazine in Finland. In the form of a letter from a reader, it reached a Finnish missionaries
newsletter. From there it returned to the United States, reaching both the TBN people and other evangelists who then claimed they had gotten it from a
respected Finnish scientific journal.
In the spring of 1990, the legend as we now know it appeared in both Praise The Lord (February) and Midnight Cry (April). Debunkings of it showed up
in Christianity Today (July) and Biblical Archaeology Review (November). Even so, the Weekly World News ran the story in 1992, this time setting it in
Alaska and claiming thirteen oil rig workers were killed when the Devil came roaring up out of the ground. "