This is the 17th -- and considered the largest -- such sinkhole to form in the Yamal Peninsula since the phenomenon was first observed in 2014. “Enormous crater … More than 130 vehicles and some 200 people were involved in the pileup... Around 4 000 households were left without electricity supply in Finland and another 3 000 in Sweden on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, after heavy snowfall struck the region. As the Yamal Peninsula is rich in hydrocarbons, it is quite likely that a large petroleum body occurs beneath the crater, and its heat flow has heated the above gas hydrates. Picture: Vesti Yamal. According to FRIPON, some... Storm Hortense left a trail of destruction after it made landfall in Mallorca, Spain on January 23, 2021. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. A new gigantic 50-meter deep ‘crater’ opened up in the Yamal peninsula in Russia. The gaping void is around 165 foot (50 metres) deep and cou… The sinkhole appeared to be the result of a huge explosion and several hypotheses were suggested to explain the formation of the crater, including a hit by a meteorite or a UFO, or the collapse of an underground gas facility. "Crater 1" - the first reported crater in 2014 on the Yamal peninsula. If you value what we do here, please consider subscribing today. The crater is in an area called Yamal, which translates as "end of the world." Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Evgeny Chuvilin "It is possible that the new crater followed that same model," he said. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" made landfall just south of the port city of Beira, Mozambique early Saturday morning (LT), January 23, 2021. The new Yamal pit was spotted by chance by a Vesti Yamal TV crew en route for an unrelated event in July 2020. Featured image: The crater in Yamal seen from space in 30-meter Landsat 8 imagery. The crater is in an area called Yamal, which translates as "end of the world." anyone?? Explosions sent ash up to 7.5 km (24 600 feet) a.s.l., with eruptive cloud drifting 500 km (310 miles) W of the volcano. This is the 17th -- and considered the largest -- such sinkhole to form in the Yamal Peninsula since the phenomenon was first observed in 2014. It is the 17th crater of its kind to be found and documented in Yamal since 2014 – and is thought to be the biggest. The agency is reporting a depth of 224 km (139 miles). The crater was accidentally discovered by a Russian film crew earlier this summer as they were flying over the Yamal peninsula in Siberia on an unrelated assignment. A large sinkhole has been discovered on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia It is believed a summer of unprecedented heat led to the blast which was caused by a build-up of methane gas. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Siberian region of Yakutia has shivered through its longest cold spell in 14 years, with temperatures plunging below -40 °C (-40 °F) during the middle of December 2020. In... A bright fireball streaked through the early morning sky over Belgium at 06:52 UTC on January 22, 2021. T wo new mysterious holes have appeared in the Siberian permafrost, the Siberian Times reports—just two weeks after the first crater appeared in the northern Yamal peninsula.. The crater is estimated to be about 80 meters, or 262 feet, wide. The “end of the world crater,” the mysterious Yamal crater, was discovered in 2014 on the Yamal peninsula. A huge crater has appeared in Russia’s Arctic region following a massive explosion. In 2014, Yamal was the discovery site of a distinct sinkhole, or pingo, which quickly drew the attention of world media. When a giant cavity — that from above looks like a hole leading to the Earth’s … The hole - one of the biggest found so far - was found on the Yamal peninsula in … The crater, believed to be the largest discovered in the region so far, is the 17th such sink hole in the area. 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Industry representatives now fear that their local infrastructure ultimately will be hit by the tundra explosions. The craters have given rise to conspiracy theories over the years – such as UFOs and weapons testing – which scientists immediately set about debunking when the first appeared in 2014. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. The well preserved remains of Lyuba, a 37,000-year-old mammoth calf, were found by a reindeer herder on the peninsula in the summer of 2007. Aerial shot showing the newly formed crater on the Yamal peninsula. Cryovulcanism is generally observed on other planets and satellites. The bolide was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the... A rock avalanche with an impressive runout pattern has been spotted at Mount Darwin in New Zealand on January 16, 2021. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Subscribe to our newsletter and have our news updates delivered to your inbox daily. Three mystery craters were first uncovered there in 2014. The Chief Executive of the Wonogiri District Disaster Management Agency, Bambang Hariyadi, said the waterspout swirled over the... Mongolia is in the grip of one of its most extreme winters on record, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with temperatures forecast to plunge to -50 °C (-58 °F). The rock avalanche was first spotted... A large waterspout formed in Gajah Mungkur Reservoir at Wonogiri, Central Java, Indonesia at around 16:30 LT on January 20, 2021. Significant damage was reported across the island and at least 2 people were injured. See also this article which is directly related: UPDATED: First pictures from inside the "crater at the end of … These are “a void space filled with gas with high pressure”, he said. Satellite images of the Yamal peninsula in Siberia show that a recently discovered crater in the region is not alone, but surrounded by 20 recently-formed mini-craters. Inside the mysterious Yamal sinkhole 'crater' in Siberia . Remember, it's free and you can unsubscribe at any time! In addition, clear geomorphological and geophysical signs of faults were found in the area under study. A cryovolcano is a volcano of ice and water, but its basic structure is practically … A group of scientists examined the crater and determined it has a depth of up to 50 m (164 feet). Check out more images below. A new massive sinkhole opened up last week in the Russian Yamal Peninsula, with blocks of soil and ice thrown hundreds of meters from the hole. The vast sinkhole was spotted by chance as a news crew flew past. Flooding and landslides killed at least two people in Santa Catarina, Brazil, after 104 mm (4 inches) of rain fell in a six-hour period on Sunday, January 25, 2021. It is currently 31 metres (102 ft) deep, although scientists believe that it was about 40 metres (131 ft) deep at the moment of eruption, with the bottom of the crater quickly covered by collapsing soil. A close look at high-resolution … A GIANT hole has punctured the ground in Siberia and is thought to be the result of a methane gas explosion caused by melting permafrost. Three mystery craters were first uncovered there in 2014. The crater is located right in the node of their intersection. A new massive sinkhole opened up last week in the Russian Yamal Peninsula, with blocks of soil and ice thrown hundreds of meters from the hole. The discovery of a couple of tens of meters wide crater in the Yamal Peninsula aroused numerous hypotheses of its origin, including a meteorite impact or migration of deep gas as a result of global warming. The expert said the craters was created by “colossal forces of nature”. Heavy snow has fallen in wide swaths of the UK as a rare thunderstorm hit the country on Sunday, January 24, 2021, blanketing roads along with loud bangs and wintry showers. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and the abrupt degassing events that recently have formed large craters on the Russian Arctic Yamal and Gydan Peninsulas have caused major concern. A colossal, 164-feet deep crater which has suddenly opened up on Siberia's Arctic tundra could be the result of a climate change-induced explosion, scientists say. The severe cold has killed more than 500... A strong paroxysmal event took place at Klyuchevskoy volcano on January 18, 2021. But the sudden appearance of a yawning crack in the earth’s surface brought the Yamal Peninsula to the front page of everyone’s newspapers. [10] The sinkhole appeared to be the result of a huge explosion and several hypotheses were suggested to explain the formation of the crater, including a hit by a meteorite or a UFO, or the collapse of an underground gas facility. Dr Evgeny Chuvilin, a leading researcher at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, told Vesti Yamal TV the latest hole is “striking in its size and grandeur”. Here we present field data on cover sediments and evolution of a gas-emission crater discovered in the Erkuta–Yakha River valley in the southern Yamal Peninsula in June 2017. C1 crater in August 2014. The Erkuta crater formed in the winter of 2016–2017 in the southern Yamal Peninsula , in typical conditions of continuous permafrost described in a number of publications [12,13]. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. [citation needed]Yamal is inhabited by a multitude of migratory bird species. on the Yamal peninsula is of Late Pleistocene age (≤ 20 ky BP). The new Yamal peninsula's 'crater' was registered in summer 2020. Prof Bogoyavlensky explained the craters come about when “gas-saturated cavities are formed in the permafrost”. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" is moving WSW over the Mozambique Channel, towards the central coast of Mozambique. The eruption was reportedly picked up by new seismic sensors specifically designed to monitor such events. Massive locust swarms have invaded Saudi Arabia while a bigger and deadlier attack is ongoing in the Horn of Africa, which is set to descend on large parts of Ethiopia and Kenya, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Sunday, January 24, 2021. Scientists investigate a mystery crater that opened on Siberia's Yamal Peninsula this past summer. Blocks of ice and soil were scattered hundreds of metres from the epicentre by the force of the blast, according to scientists who studied the site after it was discovered by Vesti Yamal TV. “It carries a lot of additional scientific information, which I am not yet ready to disclose,” he told the TV station. A giant 165ft deep crater was discovered by accident after a huge explosion in the frozen Arctic tundra. The process of these mounds forming and exploding is now mostly clear to science, with researchers focusing on how to distinguish the dangerous mounds from the non-explosive ones, and, most importantly, on how to prevent future eruptions. Maybe it’s been exposed for decades but no one ever flew over it in a helicopter before. The Siberian Times reports that the crater is thought to have appeared two years ago. They seem to be bubble like and too concentric to be random sink holes?? A giant 165ft deep crater was discovered by accident after a huge explosion in the frozen Arctic tundra. Huge blast leaves giant 165ft deep crater in Arctic tundra amid record heat. In 2014, Yamal was the discovery site of a distinct sinkhole, or pingo, which quickly drew the attention of world media. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Economic and environmental damage could be substantial. In 2017, reindeer herders in the area of Seyakh, a village on the eastern coast of the Yamal Peninsula told local authorities that they saw flaring flames and a column of smoke in the distance. Yamal, a large peninsula jutting into Arctic waters, is the main production area for Russian gas supplied to Europe. A Vesti Yamal TV crew discovered a 165ft-deep crater in Russia's Arctic region while flying over the Yamal peninsula in July 2020. An aerial view from onboard a helicopter taken on August 25, 2014 shows a crater on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia. The … :) here's a hint....O3B, The image that appears on your comment is your Gravatar. Mystery Behind Giant Hole in Siberia Clearer as 2nd Discovered ... "Inside the crater itself, snow can be seen." The Yamal peninsula har large natural gas resources and is today a top priority region for Russian petroleum companies. In addition, clear geomorphological and geophysical signs of faults were found in the area under study. (Read more crater stories.) This peninsula is about the size of Ireland. Pock marked with them. EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 120 km (75 miles). since 2014...so...what happened around 2014? At least two new giant craters formed on Russia's Yamal Peninsula this year, with the latest one observed exploding on June 28, 2017, north of the Yamal region, above the Arctic Circle. 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