Tunguska event: trees Exactly 100 years ago, on 30 June 1908, there was a tiny explosion1 in the midst of Siberia in the Tunguska region2, felling a couple trees3. So what? Why blame UFOs or black holes for that – tststs… ;)

Okay, seriously: According to the mostly accepted opinion of scientists, it was an asteroid exploding 5–10 km4 above ground – which explains why there’s no big crater; results of a research group last year indicate that a lake a few miles away from the epicenter may be the result of the impact of a fragment.

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  1. with a power of 10–15 megatons TNT, equivalent to over 1000 Hiroshima atom bombs []
  2. accordingly, this post’s title is “Tunguska” in cyrillic letters []
  3. 60–80 millions on an area of 2000 km² []
  4. the exact numbers vary a little, depending on the source []


  1. jL

    Na da können mer ja froh sein, dass es nur ein paar Mio Bäume getroffen hat!

    PS: Für hübsche Fußnoten gibt es auch Plugins ;-)

  2. c

    Ja, so ein Plugin müsste ich mal installieren (wobei diese Fußnotendichte bei mir recht selten ist) – hatte ich gestern kurz vor dem Fußballspiel aber auch keine Lust mehr dazu. :)

    Aktualisierung 2.7.: Ich hab das Plugin eingebaut und die Fußnoten entsprechend geändert.

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