Monday, April 5, 2010

Amazing facts-Meteorite collapsed on Earth

Meteorite collapsed on the earth in Mazsalaca

Scientists investigating a large crater initially believed to have been caused by a meteorite said a closer analysis today revealed it was a hoax.Experts in the Baltic country rushed to the site after reports that a metorite-like object had crashed late last night in the Mazsalaca region near the Estonian border. 'This is not a real crater. It is artificial,' Uldis Nulle, a scientist at the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center, said after inspecting the site today. Earlier Uldis had said his first impression late last night was that the crater had been caused by a meteorite. He said there was smoke coming out of the hole when he arrived.



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amazing-factsBut on seeing the hole in daylight today, he and several other scientists changed they mind.

Dainis Ozols, a nature conservationist, said he believes someone dug the hole and tried to make it look like a meteorite crater by burning some pyrotechnic compound at the bottom. He added he would analyse some samples taken from the site.

Inga Vetere of the Fire and Rescue Service said they received a call about the alleged meteorite on Sunday evening from an eyewitness. She said a military unit was dispatched to the site and found that radiation levels were normal.

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