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More Craters Appear in Siberia, Prompting Safety Concerns

In news that would make Dallas Thompson giddy, dozens of new craters – some of which have formed into lakes – have been discovered in Siberia.

This all began last year, with the mysterious appearance of an 80-meter hole known as B1 in the Yamal Peninsula, according to RT. The recently-discovered B2 crater, which has filled with water to form a lake, is surrounded by another 20 smaller craters, also filled with water. Both craters B1 and B2 lie not too far from the Bovanenkovo gas field.

Meanwhile, craters B3 and B4 were found near the Antipayuta and Nosok villages, respectively. At the moment, researchers are aware of “seven big craters” in total, but they only know for certain the locations of the above four. Many others may exist, as well.

So what caused these craters to form? The consensus seems to be methane gas emissions due to melting permafrost. Or, as Moscow scientist Vasily Bogoyavlensky suggests, “mighty eruptions…of gas from a shallow underground reservoir.”

While that in itself is no good news, the appearance of these new holes has complicated matters, and now there’s fear that the craters may be a sign of a looming natural disaster. According to The Siberian Times, Bogoyavlensky is calling for an “urgent” investigation, although he feels the task may be dangerous.

“These objects need to be studied,” he says, “But it is rather dangerous for the researchers. We know that there can occur a series of gas emissions over an extended period of time, but we do not know exactly when they might happen.”

May I suggest lowering a recording device down one of the holes to see if we pick up any strange sounds…from Hell?


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.

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