Two more Siberian craters have been discovered within weeks after a similar-looking crater was found in the area, Yahoo News reported Tuesday. The new craters were sighted in Russia’s Siberia region, in the northernmost section of the country. The area is described as very isolated.
The story of the mysterious craters is causing a stir on the Internet. The English-language Siberian Times is publishing photos of two new giant holes. The craters were found by reindeer herders. It is unknown how long they have been there. Both craters are above the Arctic circle. One is in the Yamal and the other in the Taymyr peninsula.
Speculation is running rampant about what could have caused the craters. The Siberian Times reports that theories range from meteorites or stray missiles to aliens or an underground gas explosion. Scientists are baffled.
The Times reports, "A deputy of the regional parliament - or duma - Mikhail Lapsui has examined this latest phenomenon.
'I flew by helicopter to inspect this funnel on Saturday 19 July,' he said. 'Its diameter is about 15 meters. 'There is also ground outside, as if it was thrown as a result of an underground explosion.
'According to local residents, the hole formed on 27 September 2013. Observers give several versions. According to the first, initially at the place was smoking, and then there was a bright flash. In the second version, a celestial body fell there.'
Russian TV had reported that a giant crater had appeared in the Yamal peninsula, an area known for being rich in natural gas. It also gets very cold there in the winter, where the temperature has been know to plunge to -58 Fahrenheit and it gets very little winter sun.
The state Vesti.ru Web site reports that a Russian scientific expedition nicknamed crater the "Yamal black hole", earlier this month.
Those scientists are taking soil samples and photographs of the site trying to figure out what the craters are and when they may have been formed. The Yamal region is inhabited by indigenous reindeer herders who have maintained a similar way of life for generations. The energy industry also has its sights on the area because it is rich in natural gas.
The speculation that the craters may be caused by a meteor stem, in part, from the fact that a meteorite, which weighed about 10 metric tonnes hit central Russia last year. The impact injured more than 1,000 people.