the Tunguska Event

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Sometimes, we sit at home and trouble finds us there. A long time ago, an extra-terrestrial body flew into Earth, gracing the Russian territory with its glory and light showers. The asteroid event, later known as the Tunguska Event made a record of being the loudest explosion recorded by Man in recent times. This record may be second to that made by the Indonesian Volcano, Krakatoa, in 1883. An explosion heard 3000 miles away from ground zero. This version of the Tunguska Event was from a unique perspective; as I culled it from a Jehovah’s Witnesses’ magazine, Awake™, some years ago.

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Early one morning in 1908, a man was sitting on the front porch of a trading post in Vanavara, Siberia, when an explosion flung him from his chair. The heat was so intense that he felt as though his shirt were on fire. Ground zero for that explosion was some 65 kilometers away. The blast was caused by an asteroid that was about 35 meters in diameter and weighed approximately 100 million kg. After entering earth’s atmosphere, the asteroid exploded as a result of the pressure and the heat of its descent. The explosion released energy equivalent to 1000 Hiroshima sized bombs and flattened some 2000 square km of Siberian forest. Now this is one heck of an Explosion! :O

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