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Siberia Craters: Two More Sinkhole-Like Voids Open as Mystery Deepens

By    |   Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:23 PM

Two craters were found in Siberia this week, adding two new mysteries to the saga of the sinkholes.

Roughly two weeks ago, a plane flying over northern Siberia's Yamal peninsula at "the end of the world" captured footage of a massive hole in the earth. The footage, viewed nearly 9 million times on YouTube, sparked a wave of speculation as to its origins. Some said the void was formed by a meteorite slamming into the earth, others claimed it was an icy sinkhole, and a few guessed that it was caused by an alien spacecraft landing.

In any case, The Telegraph U.K. reported this week that two new craters were discovered, one near the first, and the other hundreds of miles to the east in Taymyr Peninsula. Both were said to have been discovered by reindeer herders.

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The first new crater is roughly 50-feet wide, smaller than the original, which is estimated to be hundreds of feet wide. The second crater in Taymyr is much smaller, measuring 13 feet across, with a depth of more than 200 feet.

"It is not like this is the work of men, but also doesn't look like natural formation," one witness told The Siberian Times.

In addition to the meteorite, sinkhole, and alien hypotheses, some have suggested that the ground exploded, perhaps as the result of volatile gasses rapidly escaping the permafrost.

"I flew by helicopter to inspect this funnel on Saturday 19 July," said regional parliament member Mikhail Lapsui. "Its diameter is about 15 meters. There is also ground outside, as if it was thrown as a result of an underground explosion."

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