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    When i saw that this occurred over Chelyabinsk i got a little bit queasy.

    The Most Contaminated Spot on the Planet

    In the late 1940's, about 80 kilometers north of the city of Chelyabinsk, an atomic weapons complex called "Mayak" was built. Its existence has only recently been acknowledged by Russian officials. Mayak, bordered to the west by the Ural Mountains, and to the north by Siberia, was the goal of Gary Powers's surveillance flight in May of 1960.

    For forty-five years, the Chelyabinsk province of Russia was closed to all foreigners. Only in January of 1992 did President Boris Yeltsin sign a decree changing that. As a result, western scientists who studied the region, declared Chelyabinsk to be the most polluted spot on earth.

    As i understand it, if this thing had come in at a much steeper angle it would likely have exploded at a lower altitude, if not reached the ground more or less intact.

    All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

    by subtropolis on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 04:07:35 PM PST

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