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  •  Russia was hit about the turn of the century (5+ / 0-)

    and it took almost 20 years before the first photos of it made it to the western govts

    http://www.psi.edu/...

    and this 1908 meteor  was tiny compared to this new one

    •  Tunguska June 30, 1908. (2+ / 0-)
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      Cassandra Waites, Adept2u

      I astronomers are still debating whether what exploded in the atmosphere was a comet or a meteor since nothing from the object was found at the site.

      The world was very lucky it exploded in an extremely remote part of Russia.  Had it exploded over a populated center,  the loss of life would have been in the millions.

      An interesting excercise is alternate history - if the Tunguska event had happened over Europe, would WWI happened?

      Countries possibly be still recovering from the effects of the blast to go to war with each other.

      HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

      by HylasBrook on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 03:08:42 PM PST

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