Siberia craters are making headlines today for two disturbing reasons. No one knows what caused them, and they are posing a bizarre danger to baffled reindeer herders in the area where the third crater was found.
At last count, there were three mysterious gaping holes in the ground, and researchers aren’t any closer to an explanation than they were when the first of the Siberia craters was discovered.
There are theories surrounding the formation of the craters, but that’s all they are–just theories. Even the experts are stumped.
One expert in particular told The Siberian Times that the craters don’t appear to be man-made. However, he also said they don’t appear natural. There doesn’t seem to be a third option unless you factor in aliens, which The Siberian Times listed among possible explanations for the craters.
Was there a bright flash of light when the craters in Siberia were formed? Did a celestial body plummet from the heavens and burrow into the Earth? It all depends on whom you ask. Even the locals disagree.
One thing that everyone seems to agree upon is that the Siberian craters share a similar appearance. Unfortunately, that isn’t much of a help when it comes to identifying their source, and holes in the ground do have a certain common look.
Another mystery seems to be why the craters aren’t getting more attention. According to a theory floated by Washington Post, the Siberia craters are not getting quite as much press as they would if the news headlines weren’t focused on airline disasters, as reported here on The Inquisitr, missile strikes and other important international news, but that doesn’t make what’s happening in a remote area of Russia any less compelling.
The latest of the gaping craters was discovered in the Taz district, which is located near Antipayuta, the Siberian village where the first crater was found. It measures a whopping 45 feet across. Amazingly, that’s still smaller than the first discovery, but it’s the smallest crater of all that’s causing the most concern among locals.
At 13 feet across, the third crater is situated in a village called Nosok. Reindeer herders found the hole in the ground when they nearly fell into its depths, and that could pose a dangerous problem for the people who rely on keeping the animals safe from harm. After all, even if 13 feet sounds relatively small compared to the other Siberian craters, its remarkable depth of 200-330 feet should be enough to give anyone pause.
For those who are keeping count, that’s one crater measuring hundreds of feet in diameter in the Siberian village of Antipayuta; a second, smaller crater in Antipayuta; and the smallest crater located in Nosok where the reindeer herders make their home.
Do you think researchers will ever determine the cause of the mysterious Siberia craters?
[Image courtesy The Siberian Times]