A 100-foot-wide permafrost crater in Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula. REUTERS/Vladimir Pushkarev/Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration
Giant holes are popping up all over the frigid tundra of northern Russia, and no one is quite certain where they come from.
However, The Siberian Times reports that witnesses are now describing explosive events that may be connected to the appearance of these mysterious craters.
Reindeer herders spotted one of the first huge holes in 2013, in the region’s Taimyr Peninsula. It was about 13 feet wide, nearly 330 feet deep, and – as they stumbled across their find – the men “were almost swallowed up by the crater,” the Siberian Times wrote.
The herders never saw what made the hole, which has since grown to a whopping 230 feet wide and filled with water.
But villagers who live dozens of miles away are finally coming forward to say they heard and saw something strange shortly before the crater was found, according to the Russian news outlet:… [read more]