Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places. The last such was 113 years ago. The meteorite disaster known as the Tunguska event occurred on June 30, 1908.
The asteroid exploded 5-8 km above the Earth’s in the Tunguska forest in central Siberia, Russia, and exploded about 2,000 square kilometers, eroding more than 100 square kilometers of forest near the Tunguska River. It was the largest eruption ever recorded on Earth. Hundreds of thousands of acres of forest have been destroyed due to deforestation. In the nearest town, 60 km away, windows were smashed. Even the locals felt the heat of the blast. Fortunately, the area where the bombing took place was sparsely populated.
The ” Tunguska event” continues to be the deadliest explosion in history. It produced 185 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb (some estimates put it even higher). More than a hundred years later, the exact answer to what happened that day is not known. However, scientists believe that the explosion was caused by a comet or an asteroid.
No one had entered the Tunguska area to investigate the blast, which was difficult to reach and the weather was harsh. So the first scientific exploration of the area took 19 years. In 1921, Leonid Kulik, the curator of the St. Petersburg Museum’s meteorite collection, led a expedition to Tunguska, but difficulties in reaching the area prevented his team’s attempt. Finally, in 1927, a new expedition led by Kulik reached his destination.
June 30 is International Tunguska event day, the anniversary of the Tungaska event. The day is also aimed at educating the people about the possible asteroid crash at any time, taking possible precautions and reminding scientists and heads of state.