It could be a meteorite, a landslide, a rocket, or something else.
The head of the Verkhnebureinsky district of the Khabarovsk Territory, Alexey Maslov, spoke about a meteorite that blew down the top of a hill (small mountain, ). The collapsed soil blocked the channel of the local river and now the villages may face flooding, but experts believe that there was probably no meteorite.
The acting head of the Verkhnebureinsky district, Nina Fedorenko, toldKomsomolskaya Pravda that so far the cause of the incident is unknown. She noted that specialists with dosimeters had already been sent to the site, but the results should not be expected until December 25th.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The area is difficult to access, is far from settlements, right on the river Bureya everything happened. Downstream is a group from the Amur Region, and from the opposite side, our specialists from the Verkhnebureinsky District. The groups are equipped with dosimeters, because it is not clear whether radiation exceeds acceptable levels in that area. Therefore, we only assume that it is a meteorite.[/perfectpullquote]
As noted in the “KP”, the overlapping of the river channel is a danger to local villages. In winter, they are connected only by winter roads, which are laid on frozen ponds. One of the “winter roads” is now blocked, in addition, the rise of water can cause flooding of villages.
The locals were the first to report the meteorite, but none of them saw the fall of a celestial body. In addition, enthusiasts could not find his remnants or traces of landing – only the mound on the river bed.
Journalists from Komsomolskaya Pravda showed video from the scene to experts who concluded that there could be no meteorite. Khabarovsk astronomer Vladimir Moiseev said that when a meteorite falls, there is usually an explosion that would have heard “almost the whole edge.” However, this time none of the residents heard anything.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]My colleagues and I discussed the story of a meteorite in the Verkhnebureinsky region and came to the conclusion that most likely the reason for the overlapping of the river is not that. This may well be the consequences of a landslide, or something of artificial origin fell on the mound. For example, part of some rocket.[/perfectpullquote]
The astronomer also noted that earthquakes are usually observed during a fall, but Khabarovsk seismologists did not record anything like that. At the same time, according to Moiseev, the meteorite could land on a gentle trajectory and calmly collide with the ground, but experts can establish this on the spot.
Specialists from the Emergencies Ministry and the Bureiskaya HPP of the Amur Region also left for the place of the blocked riverbed. They believe that there is no threat of flooding yet, but they continue to assess the situation.