Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gigantic sinkhole opens up in Yamal Peninsula, northern Russia

Via The Watchers, 16 July 2014

A mysterious gigantic sinkhole has opened up in the peninsula of Yamal, a place which locals call the 'end of the world', Siberia, northern Russia. It was originally thought to be a fake, but the hole has been established as a real phenomenon and is thought to have been formed around two years ago.

The sinkhole appeared close to a forest some 30 kilometers from Yamal's biggest gas field Bovanenkovo. It is approximately 80 meters wide (about 262 feet), and is probably the biggest sinkhole ever spotted in the country. It could also be one of the deepest ever recorded in the world.

A scientific expedition organized by the Yamal authorities arrived at the scene today. It includes two experts from the Centre for the Study of the Arctic, one from Cryosphere Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a specialist from the Emergencies Ministry. They plan to take samples of soil, air and water from the scene.

That's about all the information we have at this time. Speculations of what caused the phenomenon have already started circulating. They include a meteorite hitting the earth, collapsing rock, global warming and a crashed UFO.

A spokesman for the ministry's Yamal branch ruled out a meteorite but said it was too early to say what cause it.

The Yamal Peninsula in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug is a strategic oil and gas bearing region of Russia. It is Russia's main production area for gas and the Bovanenkovo field is of central importance to gas supplies from Siberia to the world.

Source, video and featured image: SiberianTimes

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