When the Sky Exploded

On June 30, 1908, the largest asteroid impact in recorded history occurred in remote Siberia, Russia and because of this, every June 30 is celebrated as International Asteroid and Meteor Day.  This mysterious explosion in Siberia leveled an area nearly the size of Tokyo, and debate continues over what caused it, as some people question whether it even came from space at all, or whether it erupted from the ground instead.  There are others that speculate that it was caused by a UFO and others link it to a death ray invented by Nikola Tesla.

Tesla teased that his “teleforce” weapon could shoot down airplanes from 250 miles away.  The press called the invention a death ray.  Tesla became obsessed with this invention, and on his eighty-fourth birthday, he announced he was almost ready to unveil his idea to the U.S. Government.  He believed it could be used to build an invisible Chinese Wall of defense around the country.  The U.S. Government acquired all of Tesla’s papers, as soon as he died.  J. Edgar Hoover Director of FBI declared it to be secret.  Tesla never provided much proof that the death ray worked, but people think that Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” program was based on this particle-beam technology.

The explosion on June 30, 1908, flattened some 500,000 acres (2,000 square kilometers) of Siberian forest.  Scientists calculated this explosion could have been roughly as strong as 10 megatons to 20 megatons of TNT, which would be 1,000 times more powerful than the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  In the last decade, researchers have conjectured the event was triggered by an asteroid exploding in Earth’s atmosphere and measuring roughly 100 feet wide (30 meters) and 617,300 tons (560,000 metric tons) in mass making it more than 10 times the size of the Titanic.  It must have been a Great Ball of Fire.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt which is hosted by Sara from relaxitsallwrite and her prompt today is a Great Ball of Fire.

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