May 10, 2015 , , , ,

Chelyabinsk Meteorite

After the meteor exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia in February 2013 I was contacted by one person who said there was a connection between this phenomen and something what happened in the sky in February of 1959 when the Dyatlov Group died.

Certain meteor showers occur during the exact same month and days every year (see, for example, the Leonids in November and the Perseids in August which are among the most intense meteor showers of the year). Also in the case of a major meteor shower the ‘radiant’ (the point from where the majority of meteors appear to come from in the sky) is the same every year.

This made one Russian, Michael Budarin to come up with a theory that a celestial body was responsible for the event. Below is his explanation:

Maslinokov remarked “the tent was stretched on skis and sticks that had been planted into the snow, and its entrance faced South. From the South the apex was intact but the apex poles had been ripped out at the North end causing it to collapse and later to be covered by snow.  There was not too much snow, just what had accumulated from snowstorms during the weeks of February”. It is interesting that the weather records for the Ivdel region on the day of the deaths, do not indicate snow. The precipitation was less than 0.5mm. The wind was Northern or North West at less than 1-3 metres per second. There was no recorded snow storm or hurricane. This means that the wind, whose highest peak was 3 m/s (=11 km per hour) could not affect the end poles of the tent, especially since they had so effectively shielded it with snow barriers. In its deep hole the tent caught no wind and could not act as a sail.  The ropes were observed to be strong and would have required a major blast to have knocked them down.

In terms of the seconds and minutes during the start of the catastrophe, Budarin says, it appears that one of the men, possibly Tibeaux, left the tent to urinate.  He saw in the sky an unusual celestial body, asked someone to pass him the camera, took a picture, but realised that the object was approaching so fast that super heating of the air around them occurring and which was also felt inside the tent. It quickly became unbearably hot and this might explains why they evacuated rapidly, creating irreparable damage to the canvas in so doing.

Looking at the experiences and testimony of those who were caught in the Tunguska explosion, Peter Kosolatov said “in June 1908 at around 8am I was leaving to work in the fields, and I needed to get a nail, and I was in my yard trying to remove a nail from my window frame. At that moment something really strong burnt my ears. I covered them with my hands. I thought it was my home burning, maybe my roof, so I rushed towards the house”.

Similarly, C. Simenov who was 65km from the epicentre said: I don’t remember the exact time, but it was summer, I was sitting on the steps of my house facing North. I suddenly noticed that the sky was on fire, and I felt so hot as if my shirt was burning on me, I felt like ripping it off. At the same moment I heard a massive bang and I was thrown off the steps, about 6 metres”. This account appears in the book of Krinov, who investigated the incident.

According Budarin, the climbers experienced the thermal wave preceding discharge, it reached them before any explosion, but probably the speed of this wave was 70km per hour, according to the Beaufort scale for a wave at this velocity it can break branches, and if it is higher than 90 km/hour then trees are scorched and burnt. The theory, which is based on Nevsky’s ideas, suggests that not only is the air heated by this kind of advancing wave, but also objects and people’s skin. Coupled with a flash of high intensity it would be entirely normal that the eyes of anyone caught in the event would suffer severely burnt retinas, and within 45 minutes would be wholly blind. Coupled with this type of thermo-electrical discharge is a strong burst of emitted radiation, which includes ultra-violet, infra-red, x-ray and neutron radiation. This explains why on the exposed parts of the body several students showed signs of a kind of sun burn.  And they could receive blisters and burns from their own clothes, as found on the leg of Doroshenko.

Of course in the Dyatlov case the explosion was much, much less than the one at Tunguska, but probably the tent was closer to the epicentre. It is thought that while the students left everything and descended down the slope, the bright light was on their backs. Probably the final force wave caught them and broke the branches of the cedar because we also have the testimony fro the rescuer that some young Christmas trees around the cedar tree had lightly burned needles.  To Budarin this theory also explains the position in which Dubinina was found, she was with broken ribs and crushed against the hill, as if slammed in her back from behind (by the second blast).  The unexpected finding is that some trees were damaged and some were not.

Boris Vozrozhdenny said that the injuries they got could be caused by the impact of the explosion wave, directly or more likely when their bodies when flung against another object.

The team who studied the Tunguska event were puzzled by one thing about the impact of the radiation of local plant life.  It is recorded that some trees were almost completely destroyed and burnt.  Others were barely touched, and the investigators were almost in despair in trying to explain this.  Ivanov the second Investigator wrote in his article: “I got the impression that after the tourists descended 500m down the slope, some individuals were collapsing. At the time we knew little about UFO’s or about radiation. And the full blanket ban on discussion of such subjects was due a total shutdown of commentary for fear of sensitive information leaking about a new and highly secret military science”.

The first Investigator, Korotaev reported: “Pretty soon I found about ten people that could confirm the presence of flying objects in the sky in that area of that day. These were the Mansi witnesses, Anyamov, Sanbindalov and Kurikov. They not only described it, but they made drawings which were submitted to the criminal case.  But these did not remain in the file. I gave these drawings to Prosecutor Temaplov and he took the to Ekaterinburg. Then I was ordered to present myself to the First Secretary of the Communist Party in Ivdel, Prodanov. He suggested that I should finish the case and close the file. At the time the entire evidence was shown to Moscow.  Soon afterwards the criminal case was given to Ivanov and he terminated it soon afterwards. It wasn’t his fault of course, everything then was in the realm of secrecy, there were visits by several Generals and Colonels, and were tod not to spread any word of it, and no journalists were allowed to cover the case. This is what I told Prodanov at the time: They were killed. They were killed by something which came from the sky, I have no doubt. Obviously there were two explosion waves, the first killed the first part of the group, and the second killed the others”.

I contacted some related institutions in Russia and abroad to check if that was possible and got pretty interesting information which can be found in my book Don’t Go There: A Solution of The Dyatlov Pass Mystery.

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