Today’s Illustration: It Would Have Been The Greatest Catastrophy In History!

When: June 30, 1909

Where: Siberia, Russia

What: The Tunguska Meteoric Expolision — The largest explosion ever in recorded in history

  • The asteroid was the size of a 25 story building.
  • Speed: 33,500 mph
  • The largest recorded impact event to strike the earth to date
  • One, if not the loudest sound ever heard on the planet Earth, reaching 300 dB
  • Massive Damage — it is estimated that 80 million trees were flattened.
  • “June 30, 2008: “The year is 1908, and it’s just after seven in the morning. A man is sitting on the front porch of a trading post at Vanavara in Siberia. Little does he know, in a few moments, he will be hurled from his chair and the heat will be so intense he will feel as though his shirt is on fire.. . . . That’s how the Tunguska event felt 40 miles from ground zero.” — NASA
  • More than 40 expeditions have been conducted to investigate the site.
  • Books:

2016 — “Tunguska: An Apocalyptic Event Beyond Belief,” by Conrad Bauer  [1]

2014 — The Tunguska Event: The Mystery of the Biggest Explosion in Recorded History, By Charles Rivers, Editor [2]

  • “It goes without saying that had the Tunguska event happened in a major metropolitan area, it would’ve been one of the biggest catastrophes in history.” [2]
  • Every year Russia observes “Asteroid Day” – June 30th

Key Biblical Thoughts:

  • prophecy
  • omnipotence
  • Revelation
  • disasters / catastrophes
  • dominion
  • the Lord of hosts
  • authority
  • meekness: power under control

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. . . . Can you imagine what it will be like on the Great & Terrible Day of the Lord –” For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

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1. “There was a massive explosion on the 30th June 1908. Flattening 2,000 square kilometers of Siberian forest, the exact cause of the incredible blast is still unknown. Some have suggested that the event resulted from a meteor slamming into the Earth’s surface. But no impact crater has ever been found. Other people have suggested that the meteor imploded in the sky above the forest. To this day, it is still the largest recorded impact event to strike the Earth. To this day, the explosion is still something of a mystery.

Thousands of scientific papers have attempted to get to the bottom of exactly what happened that day. With force comparable to a nuclear blast, the destructive nature of the event is astounding. On the day, 80 million trees were knocked down, and the sound was heard across the continent. In the days afterward, the night skies were lit up with strange lights. It was just the start of the strange series of events that would add a paranormal, perhaps even extra-terrestrial dimension to the cataclysmic event.

Explosions such as these have the power to end all life on the planet. There’s little that can be done when giant meteors rain down from above. The Tunguska Event demonstrates just how powerful such events can be but also shows us what might happen if we survive. Aside from the existential threat, the fallout from the blast has left a lasting impact not just on mainstream science, but on those who dig deeper below the surface. In this book, we will examine the explosion itself and the aftereffects that have defied explanation. Trying to figure out what caused the Tunguska Event is one thing, attempting to understand how this explosion affected us as a planet is another matter entirely.…”

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2.  “On 30 June 1908, a powerful blast ripped open the sky near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia and flattened more than 2,000 square kilometers of forest. Eyewitnesses described a large object tearing through the atmosphere and exploding before reaching the ground, sending a wave of intense heat racing across the countryside. At an estimated 3 to 5 megatons of TNT equivalent, it was the biggest impact event in recorded history.” – Mark Pelow, author of “Rock samples suggest meteor caused Tunguska blast.”

When the atomic bombs were used against Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, they ushered in a new era of power so destructive that nuclear weapons have not been used in any combat since then. The pictures of the devastated cities demonstrated the sheer strength of such weapons, and the impact was alarming enough to lead to efforts not only to control the proliferation of such weapons but to denuclearize altogether.

It was hard for people to comprehend the power behind nuclear weapons in 1945, but that was due in great measure to the fact that most people were unfamiliar with the Tunguska event, which took place over 35 years earlier in a sparsely populated region of Siberia. On June 30, 1908, an explosion with an epicenter near the Tunguska River flattened an area of about 2,000 square miles, destroying tens of millions of trees and killing countless numbers of wildlife. Miraculously, there were no recorded human casualties as a result of the since named Tunguska event, which generated the energy equivalent of 1,000 of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima. The shockwave alone would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale.

It goes without saying that had the Tunguska event happened in a major metropolitan area, it would’ve been one of the biggest catastrophes in history, but due to the isolated area and the turbulent affairs in Russia during the World Wars and the Bolshevik Revolution, the event was mostly ignored during the early 20th century, and it is still often overlooked today, even as scientists continue to study it in an attempt to explain what happened. Although conspiracy theories have been proffered (as with other mysterious events), it is widely believed today that the explosion was caused by an asteroid or a comet, but people still continue to debate certain aspects of the blast, and Tunguska is constantly cited as a reason it is necessary to identify and monitor objects in space near Earth.”

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” Though scientific consensus is that the Tunguska explosion was caused by the impact of a small asteroid, there are some dissenters. Astrophysicist Wolfgang Kundt has proposed that the Tunguska event was caused by the release and subsequent explosion of 10 million tons of natural gas from within the Earth’s crust. The basic idea is that natural gas leaked out of the crust and then rose to its equal-density height in the atmosphere; from there, it drifted downwind, in a sort of wick, which eventually found an ignition source such as lightning. Once the gas was ignited, the fire streaked along the wick, and then down to the source of the leak in the ground, whereupon there was an explosion.”

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