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The incident began on Saturday night, when people near Carancas in the Puno region, some 1,300km (800 miles) south of Lima, reported seeing a fireball in the sky coming towards them.
The object then hit the ground, leaving a 30m (98ft) wide and 6m (20ft) deep crater.
The crater spewed what officials described as fetid, noxious gases.
Full article [news.bbc.co.uk] from the BBC
If it made such a big hole, why go over there?
If it smells so bad, why go over there?
Finally, someone who makes sense to me..
Honorio Campoblanco, one of Peru's leading geologists, called on the authorities to stop people going near the crash site.
Hmm, any speculation about what hit us? Vogon garbage, perhaps?
Flaming meteor falls from the skies (where else would it fall from?). Worried locals surround the impact crater. Something stirs... The villagers get frightened - could it be alive..?
I've read that book, listened to the soundtrack, and seen both versions of the film! :-)
if somethign with enough emergy to do this sort of damage is heading towards the planit undetected, whats to stop the next one beign in a less sparcely populated area.
A pretty impressive feat, considering that they didn't have supercomputers back then and had to do all the calculations using just their fingers. Fortunately, the Ancients had 20 fingers on each hand, which helped immensely with the calculations. Unfortunately, Groke, one of the Ancients involved in this project, had an unfortunate accident and had to have one of his fingers amputated, which led to the "Y3K problem" and prevented the calculations from going beyond AD 2999. (Legend has it that the "accident" was really from Groke's 3rd wife finding out about an affair Groke had with another member of the project, but this was never substantiated by any of the parties involved.)