The Tungusaka Event

You’re walking in the middle of the woods along a river. It’s nice, and peaceful. It looks perfect. Nothing could ever ruin this for you. Except for maybe an energy blast the equivalent of 30 megatons of TNT leveling everything for hundreds of miles.

Luckily, no one was injured when The Tunguska Event occurred in remote Russia on 30 June 1908.The witnesses saw a blueish light in the sky, followed by a bright flash and the sound of “artillery fire”, which produced a shockwave strong enough to knock people over and shatter windows. One eyewitness would later go on to say, “When the sky opened up, hot wind raced between the houses, like from cannons, which left traces in the ground like pathways, and it damaged some crops. Later we saw that many windows were shattered, and in the barn a part of the iron lock snapped.”

Because of the isolation of the area, little interest was sparked by this unusual event at the time. The first recorded attempt to investigate it was many years later, in 1921.

The cause of the event is believed to have been an exploding comet or asteroid as it entered Earth’s atmosphere. In the ’70s a couple physicists believed that it may have been caused by a small black hole passing through Earth, although this theory is considered by many to be flawed. A Science Fiction writer in the ’40s wrote a story titled “The Explosion” which blamed the event on aliens.

Below is a map indicating the effected area

Below are a couple photos of the damage

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About Trevor Boot

I’ve been officially writing since 2004, when I was 15, but I started writing for fun now and then in 2001, when I was 12. I mostly wrote short stories and poems, but then in 2008, I wrote my first novel, titled Xangsburgh. Before this, my writing never really had any direction. I would just write independent stories that had no connection with each other, so I always had to start over from scratch. With Xangsburgh, I had a fictional city I could base all my stories in, with the stories building on each other. For me, that made writing easier, because now I don’t have to start from scratch every time. I could use Sheriff Brock without having to introduce him every time. In 2011, I realized I really enjoyed taking pictures. Several of my friends would comment that my pictures were near-professional quality. So on top of my writing, I’m also an amateur photographer. In 2014, I published Xangsburgh, as well as a photo book with some of my favourite photos I have taken, and a book of poems I’ve written between 2001 and 2013.
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