A HUGE landfall which formed a 500ft mound in Russia was caused by a meteorite or falling UFO, locals have claimed.
Images from the scene show just how packed up the Bureya River has become as “patches of hot rocks and meteorite fragments” have spread across the river bed.
This massive landfall in eastern Russia was caused by a meteorite, locals have claimed[/caption]
Local hunter Anton Ivanov who found the landscape on December 14, recalls seeing “thousands of tons of earth”.
He said: “It smelled like hydrogen sulphide and vapour comes out in some places. We even found a spot on the very top where there are warm stones, we used them to keep our hands warm.”
Another eyewitness insists it “cannot be man-made”. They added: “Either some building works started or a UFO collapsed here.”
Alexey Maslov, the head of Verkhnebureinsky district, believes the “object entered at a sharp angle, pulled down the mound – and spread it along the river bed”.
And fellow expert Dr Evgeny Zubko, from the School of Natural Sciences at the Far Eastern Federal University, said local residents had noted “a blast wave”.
He added: “Whether it will be possible to find the fragments of a meteorite depends on the parameters of the fall – and good luck.”
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Other theories include a landslide caused by an earthquake.
Aleksei Makhinov, regional chairman of the Russian Geographic Society, said: “The cause of the landslide could have been an earthquake,’ he said.
“A meteorite could have been the reason too but it is unlikely.”
Boris Shustov, head of the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said no sizeable meteorite capable of wreaking such havoc had been registered penetrating the earth’s atmosphere.
The Bureyskaya hydro power station reservoir downstream is receiving less water.
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