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More On Peruvian Meteorite

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 12:43:19 -0400
Archived: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 12:43:19 -0400
Subject: More On Peruvian Meteorite




Source: The Guardian - London UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/space/article/0,,2171920,00.html

Tuesday September 18, 2007


Peru Meteorite Crash 'Causes Mystery Illness'

Rory Carroll
Latin America correspondent
Guardian Unlimited

[Crater image]

A meteorite has struck a remote part of Peru and carved a large
crater that is emitting noxious odours and making villagers ill,
according to local press reports.

A fireball streaked across the Andean sky late on Saturday night
and crashed into a field near Carancas, a sparsely populated
highland wilderness near Lake Titicaca on the border with
Bolivia, witnesses said.

The orange streak and loud bang were initially thought to be a
plane crashing. When farmers went to investigate, however, they
found a crater at least 10m wide and 5m deep, but no sign of
wreckage.

The soil around the hole appeared to be scorched and there was a
"strange odour", a local health department official, Jorge
L=F3pez, told Peru's RPP radio.

Later the farmers complained of headaches and vomiting. Police
who went to investigate the crater were also stricken with
nausea, prompting authorities to dispatch a medical team that
reached the site today.

"The odour is strong and it's affecting nearby communities.
There are 500 families close by and they have had symptoms of
nausea, vomiting, digestive problems and general sickness," said
Mr L=F3pez.

At least 12 people were treated in addition to seven police
officers who required oxygen masks and rehydration.

The farmers expressed fears that what appeared to be chunks of
lead and silver around the site could contaminate the soil.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Modesto Montoya,
told the state press agency that a fallen meteorite did not
present any danger unless it hit some structure on impact.

"None of the meteorites that fall in Peru and make perforations
of varied sizes are harmful for people, unless they fall on a
house," he said. Another meteorite fell to Earth in Arequipa
province in June.


[Thanks to Mike Tarbell for the lead]



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