Wednesday, June 29

The meteorite that devastated a city and may have inspired the legend of Sodom and Gomorrah


  • Phil Silvia, Allen West, Ted Bunch y Malcolm LeCompte
  • The Conversation*

Representation of the explosion based on the artist's evidence, who had the power of 1,000 Hiroshimas.  Allen West and Jennifer Rice, CC BY-ND
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Representation of the explosion based on the artist’s evidence, who had the power of 1,000 Hiroshimas. Allen West and Jennifer Rice, CC BY-ND

One day some 3,600 years ago, the inhabitants of an ancient Middle Eastern city now called Tall el-Hammam went about their daily activities unaware that an invisible icy space rock was approaching them at a speed of approximately 61,000 kilometers per hour.

Flashing through the atmosphere, the rock exploded in a huge fireball about 4 kilometers above the ground.

The explosion was a 1.000times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

The shocked city dwellers who looked at her were instantly blinded. The air temperature rose rapidly above 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit (2,000 degrees Celsius).


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