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The Tunguska Event. Nigel Watson recalls a mysterious explosion that occurred in deepest Siberia in June 1908.

The Tunguska Event

Fallen trees at Tunguska in 1927At 7.17am on June 30th, 1908, a huge object exploded six miles above the Stony Tunguska River area, central Siberia, causing an atmospheric shockwave that circled the Earth twice. For the following two nights the skies of Europe and Asia were unusually bright. The glare in the sky was compared to the atmospheric effects that followed the volcanic eruption at Krakatoa in 1883. In 1921, Leonid Kulik, a geologist at the Mineralogical Museum of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, came across an old newspaper clipping about the explosion. He travelled to Kansk hoping to find a giant meteorite that the newspaper said was buried nearby, but on examination it was merely a natural rock that was wrongly attributed to the event. As they got closer to the epicentre of this devastation Kulik’s guides abandoned him, overcome by superstitious fears.


Egypt. Dinosaurs. The British Museum Images. Strange Maps. Internet History Sourcebooks. Internet Medieval Sourcebook Full Text Sources Guide to Contents The structure of this section of the Sourcebook is as follows.

Internet History Sourcebooks

You can browse through the entire list, or jump directly to the part that interests you by selecting the underlined links. Main Page will take you back to Sourcebook main page. Full Text Sources for Medieval History Note: It may also be worth checking out the slightly mistitled Early Church Documents page of the ECOLE Project. The Early Church Fathers Series - Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post Nicene For texts in the Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers series, see below NOTE: The texts at this site here are public domain English translations from the Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers series for the first Seven ecumenical councils and from H.J. See also Ecumenical Councils - a useful, if denominationally partisan, article from the Catholic Encyclopedia. First Ecumenical: Nicea I. 325. Jump Back to Contents Tatian: The Diatessaron, [At New Advent]. Maps. Home page Down to: 6th to 15th Centuries | 16th and 19th Centuries | 1901 to World War Two | 1946 to 21st Century The Ancient World ... index of places Aegean Region, to 300 BCE Aegean Region, 185 BCE Africa, 2500 to 1500 BCE Africa to 500 CE African Language Families Alexander in the East (334 to 323 BCE)


The World's Best History Writing. Chernobyl Today: A Creepy Story told in Pictures. In the zone of alienation in northern Ukraine, Kiev Oblast, near the border with Belarus.

Chernobyl Today: A Creepy Story told in Pictures

Its population had been around 50,000 prior to the accident. Today, the only residents are deer and wolves along with a solitary guard. Prypiat used to be proud for being home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. But something happened on 26 April 1986… It took three days before all permanent residents of Chernobyl and the Zone of alienation were evacuated due to unsafe levels of radioactivity. Let the story be told by these magical pictures taken ~20 years later after the accident. All the texts put in the quotation-marks are mostly the quotations of comments made by the authors of the photos. (Image credits:Pedro Moura Pinheiro via: BoredPanda)

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