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Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits Peruvian village

Tue Sep 18, 12:26 PM ET

LIMA (AFP) - Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said Monday.

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a "strange odor," local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.

Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said.

Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 100-foot-wide (30-meter-wide) and 20-foot-deep (six-meter-deep) crater, said local official Marco Limache.

"Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby. Residents are very concerned," he said.


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If not for such a large crater I would suspect some sort of satellite fell to earth. Perhaps it was, but a bit more destructive than it should have been for an average satellite.

 

Many satellites have deadly chemicals within them. You never want to go right up to one if you see one fall from the sky. If you get too close you could breathe in poisonous gasses or possibly even get irradiated. You never know just what NASA… especially for military projects, has up there in orbit. Then you have to wonder what Russia and the former Soviet Union might have up their in orbit too.

 

If this was some sort of secret space weapon that fell to earth... that could explain a lot.

 

The wisdom of putting so much stuff in orbit sometimes escapes me.

 

 

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yep, the hole was awful big and jagged from a mineral impact mostly. We are very fascinated by this issue. wonder what it was?? hmmmm

The doom of all mankind by asteroid.. not the rock, but the germs or chemicals


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Well finally; we now have the 'answer'!!!


'Meteorite' Crash Breeds Mass Hysteria

Andrea Thompson

SPACE.com
Thu Sep 27, 9:00 AM ET

On what started as a normal Saturday night one week ago, residents of a small, remote Peruvian town saw a bright light streak across the sky, heard a resounding bang and suddenly found themselves at the center of a media frenzy.

Initial suspicions of an airplane crash quickly spiraled into widespread reports that a meteorite had plummeted to Earth and left a smoking, boiling crater whose supposedly noxious fumes were reported to have sickened curious locals who went to peer at the hole.

Despite doubts expressed by geologists that the crater was actually caused by a meteorite and firm explanations that a meteorite would not even emit fumes and that the "sickness" was likely a case of mass hysteria, numerous onlookers far and wide were fascinated by the idea that this event could be some real-life "Andromeda Strain" (the 1969 novel by Michael Crichton), where a mysterious rock falling to Earth from outerspace made anyone who went near it ill.

So what is it about things falling from the sky that fills us with such fear that we can make ourselves sick with panic?

Mass hysteria

Media reports of the number of locals afflicted by a "mysterious disease"--with symptoms such as nausea, headaches and sore throats--after visiting the crater figured in every news article about the Aug. 15 event, with some reporting that as many as 600 people had fallen ill.

But doctors who visited the site told the Associated Press they found no evidence that the crater had actually sickened such a large number of people.

If noxious fumes did emanate from the crater, they were most likely the result of a hydrothermal explosion that could have actually formed the crater, or were released from the ground when the meteorite struck, if in fact one did, according to many geologists.

Arsenic is found in the subsoil in that area of Peru and often contaminates the drinking water there, according to Peruvian geologists quoted on Sept. 21 by National Geographic News. Arsenic fumes released from the crater could have sickened locals who went to look, said one geologist who examined the site.

Some health officials suggest that the symptoms described by the locals, the large number of people reporting symptoms, and the apparently rapid spread have all the hallmarks of a case of mass hysteria.

"Those who say they are affected are the product of a collective psychosis," Jorge Lopez Tejada, health department chief in Puno, the nearest city, told the Los Angeles Times.

This psychosis could have begun as a result of fear of the meteorite and the mysterious "disease" on the part of the residents and spread as official and media reports seemed to confirm it and give it credence.

"The Peruvian event seems to be a rare case where we may be witnessing collective anxiety that is approaching near hysteria," said Benny Peiser, a social anthropologist at John Moores University in England. "The major[ity] of the affected Peruvian town hinted that some of the mass anxiety is due to fear of imminent impacts and psychological stress which is not surprising given the premature speculation and media hype."

Fear of outer space

Fear of a meteorite impact is nothing new--humans have long looked to the heavens with a wary eye.

"The fear of cosmic disaster, in particular cometary impacts, has existed in all cultures for millennia," Peiser told SPACE.com

But the space age revealed just how many dangers, including comets, meteors, asteroids, and cosmic rays, await us in the final frontier.

"Only since the late 20th century, humankind has become aware of the risk posed by asteroids and comets," Peiser said. "Unfortunately, this risk has been wildly exaggerated by popular culture."

Our curiosity and fear of impact events has increased their coverage by the world media, Peiser says, which in turn has increased the number of meteorite impact reports, even when the evidence doesn't point that way.

"In recent years, there have been numerous cases where alleged meteorite falls were linked to mysterious explosions on the ground--only to be proven wrong," Peiser said. "One of the main reasons for the significant increase of such claims is almost certainly due to the growing media interest in the cosmic impact risk. It is part of human nature-- and extremely tempting for the news media--to hype any event that initially looks mysterious."

While this fear is normal and understandable, it's been blown out of proportion so that the public thinks that impact risks are higher than they are, Peiser argues.

"Most people are simply not aware that we are making enormous progress in finding and identifying the population of Near Earth Objects and that the impact risk is thus diminishing year by year," Peiser said.

And when meteorites have struck, they have never carried any hint of some mysterious space disease.

"I don't know of any known record of a meteorite landing that emitted odors so noxious that people got sick from it," said geologist Larry Grossman of the University of Chicago.


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Mmmmmmm.... kinda makes me leary to order this:

Moroccan Iron Meteorite   $34.95
 

Straight from the heavens to Earth... to you! This authentic iron meteorite was found in Morocco, North Africa by nomads wandering the Sahara. Share this heavenly treasure with your favorite science, history or archeology buff -- or keep it for yourself as a reminder of our vast and powerful universe. Meteorite measures approximately 3" L (7.6 cm). No two meteorites are identical in size or shape.



https://shop.theanimalrescuesite.com/store/item.do?itemId=29370&siteId=310&sourceId=308&sourceClass=Category&index=21

Maybe the Mroccan meteorites came from a DIFFERENT space

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Mmmmmmm.... kinda makes me leary to order this:

Moroccan Iron Meteorite   $34.95
 
Straight from the heavens to Earth... to you! This authentic iron meteorite was found in Morocco, North Africa by nomads wandering the Sahara. Share this heavenly treasure with your favorite science, history or archeology buff -- or keep it for yourself as a reminder of our vast and powerful universe. Meteorite measures approximately 3" L (7.6 cm). No two meteorites are identical in size or shape.



https://shop.theanimalrescuesite.com/store/item.do?itemId=29370&siteId=310&sourceId=308&sourceClass=Category&index=21

Maybe the Mroccan meteorites came from a DIFFERENT space

 

 

Well of COURSE it's legit! I can just make out the 'Made in PRC' logo engraved lightly on the surface.

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Iron meteorites are fairly common on the earth's surface. People using metal detectors find them fairly frequently. Some of them make a good living doing this. There is a good chance that the meteor you are looking at is legitimate... but be wary of anyone selling moon rocks... those are quite rare so any sold online or through magazines are almost guaranteed to be fake. I have even seen a science museum selling fake moon rocks once. That kind of peeved me off.

 

It is beginning to sound like the crater in Peru was a natural event and not a meteor strike... or a fallen satellite. Either that, or it was a satellite and the story we hear now is an attempt to cover that up. Who knows? We may never know the truth if the government or military is involved. Neither the U.S. government nor the U.S. military are known for being truthful.

 

 

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We may never know the truth if the government or military is involved. Neither the U.S. government nor the U.S. military are known for being truthful.

 

 

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Just name ONE government that was EVER honest and or truthful! Just one!!!

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