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Meteorite Lands in Puno, Citizens Report Radiation Sickness
Posted: 19 September 2007 11:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I think supersititon, lack of eduaction and a general belief in the supernatural for anything that they don’t understand all contribute to the stories.  You would think that if it was volcanic in origin that they might have seen something like that before.  Something like that just doesn’t appear overnight without warning.

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Posted: 19 September 2007 03:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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eovti - 19 September 2007 08:24 AM

The number of sick people is now around 200. We’re probably talking mass hysteria here.

Almost certainly.

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Posted: 19 September 2007 03:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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gray - 19 September 2007 03:33 PM

I think supersititon, lack of eduaction and a general belief in the supernatural for anything that they don’t understand all contribute to the stories.  You would think that if it was volcanic in origin that they might have seen something like that before.  Something like that just doesn’t appear overnight without warning.

Agreed. 100 years ago, it would have been an infestation of evil spirits.

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Posted: 21 September 2007 07:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Well, now they think it really was a meteorite afterall.

Meteorite Likely Caused Crater in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) - Peruvian astronomers said Thursday that evidence shows a meteorite crashed near Lake Titicaca over the weekend, leaving an elliptical crater and magnetic rock fragments in an impact powerful enough to register on seismic charts.

As other astronomers learned more details, they too said it appears likely that a legitimate meteorite hit Earth on Saturday - an rare occurence.

The Earth is constantly bombarded with objects from outer space, but most burn up in the atmosphere and never reach the planet’s surface. Only one in a thousand rocks that that people claim are meteorites turn out to be real, according to Jay Melosh, an expert on impact craters and professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona.

Melosh was skeptical at first, initially calling it a “non-meteorite” and suggesting that the crater might have possibly come from below as a volcanic eruption. Then scientists learned of more details about the crater, as well as witness descriptions of a thunderous roar and a rain of smaller rocks coming down.

“It begins to sound more likely to me that this object could indeed be a meteorite,” Melosh said Thursday.

Such impacts are rare, and astronomists still want to do other tests to confirm the strike.

Other details don’t add up, they said - such as witness accounts of water in the muddy crater boiling for 10 minutes from the heat. Meteorites are actually cold when they hit Earth, astronomists say, since their outer layers burn up and fall away before impact.

Experts also puzzled over claims that 200 local residents were sickened by fumes from the crater. Doctors who examined them found no evidence of illness related to the meteorite, and one suggested a psychosomatic reaction to the sight and sound of the plunging meteor.

More details emerged when astrophysicist Jose Ishitsuka of Peru’s Geophysics Institute reached the site about 6 miles from Lake Titicaca. He confirmed that a meteorite caused a crater 42 feet wide and 15 feet deep, the institute’s president, Ronald Woodman, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Ishitsuka recovered a 3-inch magnetic fragment and said it contained iron, a mineral found in all rocks from space. The impact also registered a magnitude-1.5 tremor on the institute’s seismic equipment - that’s as much as an explosion of 4.9 tons of dynamite, Woodman said.

Local residents described a fiery ball falling from the sky and smashing into the desolate Andean plain.

Doctors told an Associated Press Television News cameraman at the site that they had found no sign of radioactive contamination among families living nearby. But they said they had taken samples of blood, urine and hair to analyze.

Peasants living near the crater said they had smelled a sulfurous odor for at least an hour after the meteorite struck and that it had provoked upset stomachs and headaches. But Ishitsuka said he doubts reports of a sulfurous smell.

Meteor expert Ursula Marvin said that if people were sickened, “it wouldn’t be the meteorite itself, but the dust it raises.”

A meteorite “wouldn’t get much gas out of the earth,” said Marvin, who has studied the objects since 1961 at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Massachusetts. “It’s a very superficial thing.”

Peter Schultz, a meteor crater specialist at Brown University who is eager to visit the Peruvian site, said the latest details suggest this might be an unusual type of meteor strike, and that given the crater’s size, the original meteoroid had to have been at least 10 feet in diameter before breaking up.

“With everything I see reported now, it seems to me like we just got hit,” Schultz said.

Justina Limache, 74, told the Lima daily El Comercio that when she heard the thunderous roar from the sky, she abandoned her flock of alpacas and ran home with her 8-year-old granddaughter. She said that after the meteorite struck, small rocks rained down on the roof of her house for several minutes and she feared the house was going to collapse.

Modesto Montoya, a member of the medical team, told El Comercio that fear may have provoked psychosomatic ailments.

“When a meteorite falls, it produces horrid sounds when it makes contact with the atmosphere,” he said. “It is as if a giant rock is being sanded. Those sounds could have frightened them.”

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Posted: 21 September 2007 07:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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It’s a US Conspiracy!!!!!  wink

well, that is what Pravda says….

Russian Military Intelligence Analysts are reporting today that one of the United States most secretive spy satellites, the KH-13, targeting Iran was ‘destroyed in its orbit’ with its main power generator powered by the radioactive isotope Pu-238 surviving re-entry and crashing in a remote region of the South American Nation of Peru, and where hundreds are reported to be ill from radiation poisoning.

They attach an elaborate Conspiracy theory to it (including 9/11), so do read the whole 2 page piece!

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Posted: 21 September 2007 08:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Wow, we’ve got cover story after cover story here!  First the official tale is that it’s volcanic.  But that flimsy excuse is too likely to be seen through what with all the witnesses, so now they’re saying that it may have been a meteorite after all, but then try desperately to disassociate that from the illness.  Meanwhile, they have a disreputable news source publish a false article about a spy satellite crashing, so as to make people automatically laugh at and REJECT the idea.  DO NOT BE FOOLED!

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Posted: 21 September 2007 08:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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I wonder, though, if the meteorite (assuming that it was such a thing) might have hit some pocket of volcanic gases when it impacted, and those gases were released and smelled by the people.  That could account for the bubbling water, too.  Something like that could make people feel a bit sick for as long as they were exposed to the fumes.  Once they got fresh air, though, that sort of illness should clear up quickly enough, so if there was anything like that going on still then there would have to be a constant leak of the fumes.  And it wouldn’t be just the people getting sick, either; birds and dogs and alpacas would also be ill.  The critters would also be getting ill if it was radiation.

So if it’s just people getting sick, then it would be either people getting hysterical and making themselves ill, or else there just happens to be some epidemic of flu or whatever going on there at the same time as the meteorite hit.

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Posted: 21 September 2007 04:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Accipiter - 21 September 2007 12:44 PM

I wonder, though, if the meteorite (assuming that it was such a thing) might have hit some pocket of volcanic gases when it impacted, and those gases were released and smelled by the people.  That could account for the bubbling water, too.

That’s what I’d been considering too.

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Posted: 22 September 2007 12:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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MadCarlotta - 21 September 2007 11:19 AM

Well, now they think it really was a meteorite afterall.

Meteorite Likely Caused Crater in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) - Peruvian astronomers said Thursday that evidence shows a meteorite crashed near Lake Titicaca over the weekend, leaving an elliptical crater and magnetic rock fragments in an impact powerful enough to register on seismic charts.

More details emerged when astrophysicist Jose Ishitsuka of Peru’s Geophysics Institute reached the site about 6 miles from Lake Titicaca. He confirmed that a meteorite caused a crater 42 feet wide and 15 feet deep, the institute’s president, Ronald Woodman, told The Associated Press on Thursday.
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Ishitsuka recovered a 3-inch magnetic fragment and said it contained iron, a mineral found in all rocks from space. The impact also registered a magnitude-1.5 tremor on the institute’s seismic equipment - that’s as much as an explosion of 4.9 tons of dynamite, Woodman said.

As long as there are no pictures of the fragment(s) reportedly recovered, and as long as these haven’t been analysed by a reputed meteoriticist (instead of the average geologist or astronomer), I keep having my doubts about a meteoritic origin.

Merely because something contains iron doesn’t make it a meteorite really.

Who knows, perhaps a forgotten bomb stash of Sendero Luminoso detonated. There have been a number of cases in recent years where sudden craters (including big ones) turned out to have been caused by people frolicking with explosives.

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Posted: 22 September 2007 12:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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A 7 meter wide, 3 meter deep crater appeared in Hungary early August this year for example.

Initially thought to be a meteorite crater too, it turned out it was some village boys experimenting with home-made explosives.

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