Siberia is a region in Russia that covers almost all of North Asia, it stretches from the Arctic Ocean all the way to Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China.
It makes up 77% of Russia's territory and has a population of approximately 40 Million (28% of Russia's population)
Most of the population live in the South along the Trans Atlantic Railway.
The Siberian taiga is a vast stretch of barren coniferous forest, unspoiled by humans and the least explored place on earth, more than 100,000 sq km
in western Yakutia are completely uninhabited. With no trails and a terrain of mostly thick forest, uprooted trees, sprawling swamps and swarms of
This vast, wild, impassable land contains all kinds of unexplained mysteries..
(The first part of the thread will cover the Tunguska event and some of the theories surrounding the event, those that choose to skip this part can do
so by going straight to the 2nd post)
The Tunguska Event
June 30th 1908 at 07:14am in a remote region of Russia, an explosion was equivalent to 40 megatons of TNT or 1,000 times the force of the atomic bomb
dropped on Hiroshima was recorded in the Siberian region of Tunguska. It is estimated the event knocked down some 80 million trees over an area of
2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi) in a radial pattern, and that the shock wave from the blast would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale.
Yet there was no crater or any evidence of what had exploded.
"I was sitting on the porch of the house at the trading station, looking north. Suddenly, in the north... the sky was split in two, and high above
the forest the whole northern part of the sky appeared covered with fire. I felt a great heat, as if my shirt had caught fire. At that moment, there
was a bang in the sky, and a mighty crash. I was thrown twenty feet from the porch. The earth trembled."
Whatever happened, the resulting devastation was enormous. A huge fireball as bright as the sun was seen streaking across the sky, people that were
more than 300 miles away heard deafening bang, Seismic vibrations were recorded by instruments as far away as 600 miles, fires burned for weeks on
end, forty miles from the impact people were thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious. The explosion sent an atmospheric shockwave twice around
the world and turned night into day across Europe.
Britain was lit for several days by a beautiful white and yellow sky, bright enough for midnight games of cricket and golf across the country.
In a letter to a newspaper, one reader wrote: “I myself
was aroused from sleep at 1.15am, and so strong was the light at this hour, that I could read a book by it quite comfortably. At 1.45am, the whole sky
was a delicate salmon pink, and the birds began their morning song.”
Afterwards there were several effects recorded some of which include:- disturbances in the Earth's magnetic field, geomagnetic storms, reversal of
soil magnetization, aurora displays before and after the event, an electromagnetic pulse, bright night sky before and after, genetic mutations in
plants and animals, accelerated growth of plants, radiation burns to exposed people.
Although unproven what caused the explosion there are many theories. The most likely and widely accepted theory is a comet or meteorite, mainly
because it is the most logical explanation. Although the area has had many expeditions, no one has ever found a crater.
Before this event, it was never considered that an asteroid could explode in the atmosphere before striking the ground. Because no crater was ever
found it is hypothesised this is what happened, the fragments of the asteroid would have been reduced to gravel and dust thus leaving little or no
evidence. The only fragments that have been found from the event are tiny glass nodules embedded into the fallen trees. It is estimated the asteroid
would have weighed in excess of 100,000 tons to cause such devastation.
If it were an asteroid and happened to strike the planet just 4 hours and 47 minutes later (because of the Earth's rotation), it would have wiped out
St. Petersburg, which was the Russian capital at that time.
But... It would be no fun here on ATS if we just stuck to the most widely accepted theories especially since many other possible causes have emerged,
some of which are slightly wacky and some are completely plausible.
This one is a plausible explanation, it states that a 100,000 ton fragment of Encke's comet exploded in mid air. Because no debris was ever found the
explosion would be consistent with a comet which are usually a mixture of loose ice and stone. The explosion would have left very little evidence,
which does add weight to the theory it was a comet that day in june.
An unusual techtonic event
This idea was theorised by Russian scientist Andrei Yu. Ol'khovatov. It is an interesting idea that the Tunguska event was a geophysical event which
was associated with tectonic processes. In other words a powerful earthquake in which the enormous pressures caused the recorded atmospheric
A methane gas explosion
This theory is the brainchild of a physicist at Bonn university in Germany, Wolfgang Kundt. He suggests that 10 million tons of methane gas from deep
within the Earth could have erupted in a massive explosion. Kundt believes a similar eruption could have occured off the seabed of Norway at Blake
A black Hole
This idea is not one of the most popular, were not even sure whether such small black holes exist, even if they did we wouldn't have a clue what the
effect would be if one entered our atmosphere.
Another idea readily dismissed by mainstream scientists, as it is unlikely that antimatter would be able to transverse space and reach our planet
without already encountering some matter and annihilating.
A crashed UFO
A big theory in the conspiracy world but highly unlikely. There is no evidence or fragments of an alien spacecraft.. Unless all the evidence was
destroyed in the explosion...
Another unlikely scenario that is widely rubbished, it suggests we were attacked and an explosion caused in a highly unpopulated area as a warning to
the people of Earth.
2000 year old spacecraft
This is one of the more wackier theories that a Japanese nuclear space craft returning home after 2000 years missed the runway and exploded. The less
said about this one the better..
A Tesla experiment
A Tesla experiment gone wrong? As I'm sure alot of you know about Tesla and his experiments with electricity. There are conspiracies that the this
event was caused by an experiment of one of his super weapons.
An Earth defence system
One of my favourite theories which although extremely unlikely is one of the most entertaining. It is the idea that people believe the Earth is being
defended by a protection system in this region, that is some kind of super weapon that protects the Earth from whatever may threaten us. i.e
asteroids, comets, ET attacks.
Which brings us nicely to the next part of the thread and another mystery from the region which has helped fuel this theory of us being protected by
aliens or people from inne