Scientists probe mysterious Siberian forest explosion

July 2nd, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

A group of maverick Russian scientists gathered in a conference in Moscow this week to find out what caused the huge explosion in a Siberian forest that lit up the night sky as far away as London.

Whether it was a gigantic meteorite, a tremendous bolt of lightning or perhaps the crash of a UFO the size of Tokyo…the doubt has not been clarified about the 20th century’s greatest scientific mysteries — the “Tunguska Event” 100 years ago.

A conference gathered by a group of maverick Russian scientists in Moscow this week left no doubt that they share a singular passion to find out what caused the huge explosion in a Siberian forest. the fact.

“The facts collected over 100 years disprove the hypothesis of a meteorite or comet. The sooner we understand that the better,” said physicist Boris Rodionov to applause from the around 30 scientists at the conference.

“If it was just a meteorite, we wouldn’t be sitting here 100 years later,” Rodionov told the conference, held exactly a century after the June 30, 1908 explosion, which destroyed a vast swathe of Siberian forest.

The theory which is commonly held is that the blast that is hundreds of more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. And it was caused either by the impact of a meteorite or by its explosion above the Earth’s surface.

Some of the Russian scientists, whom have travelled to the site 4,000 kilometres east of Moscow, made an argument that the theory does not make sense since there are no fragments of the meteorite and no crater from the impact.

“Tunguska Event” is brought into the main topic in the conference. Andrei Olkhovatov, an amateur scientist with a doctorate in physics and an expert on Tunguska said; “Tunguska Event” last year nearly came to blows between the “meteoreticians” and the “alternativists,”, “The meteorite theory is the main one. We’re like the poor relatives.”

Rodionov assumed that the explosion was likely caused by US physicist Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) detonating an underground volcano in Siberia by harnessing electric charges in the air from his laboratory tower outside New York.

Ranged from the theory a particularly powerful bolt of lightning to the proposition that it was the result of interaction between yin and yang energy fields in the universe are the others theories that were outlined in the conference.

In the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily published photographs on Monday showed that some of the 80 million trees felled by the explosion over an area of some 2,000 square kilometres (770 square miles) are still visible today.

“There are no answers to our questions. It can’t be explained by traditional physics…. There are always new theories coming up, there are about 100 theories. No one knows the truth. We have to be patient.” said Sergei Sukhonos, the author of physics books.

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