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Now two NEW large holes appear in Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
28 July 2014

Reindeer herders find more craters in the far north in a deepening puzzle for scientists. 

The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified at how it was formed. Its depth is estimated at between 60 and 100 metres and its diameter - more than four metres. Picture: Local residents

Millions of people around the world glimpsed the first giant hole after it was revealed by The Siberian Times here and on The Siberian Times TV here.

Now news has emerged of two new similar formations in the permafrost, prompting more intrigue about their creation.

Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding. The version about melting permafrost due to climate change, causing a release of methane gas, which then forces an eruption is the current favorite, though scientists are reluctant to offer a firm conclusion without more study.

Crater near Bovanenkovo gas field


Yamal crater near Bovanenkovo from above


Sides of Yamal crater near Bovanenkovo

First pictures from the big crater near Bovanenkovo gas field. Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding. Pictures: Andrey Naumenko, 'Yamal-Region'

The second is in the Yamal Peninsula - known to locals as 'the end of the world' - like the first. It is some hundreds kilometres from the first, which is close to a huge gas extraction plant at Bovanenkovo. This new crater in the Taz district, near the village of Antipayuta, has a diameter of about 15 metres. 

A deputy of the regional parliament - or duma - Mikhail Lapsui has examined this latest phenomenon. 

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

'According to local residents, the hole formed on 27 September 2013. Observers give several versions. According to the first, initially at the place was smoking, and then there was a bright flash. In the second version, a celestial body fell there.'

The Chief Scientist of the Earth Cryosphere Institute, Marina Leibman, told URA.RU website: 'I have heard about the second funnel on Yamal, in Taz district, and saw the pictures. 

'Undoubtedly, we need to study all such formations. It is necessary to be able to predict their occurrence. Each new funnel provides additional information for scientists.'

Yamal holes on the map


Crater near Antipayuta on the map


View of the crater in Antipayuta

This new crater in the Taz district, near the village of Antipayuta, has a diameter of about 15 metres. Pictures: Google maps, press service of the Governor YaNAO

The third crater and hole is in the Taymyr Peninsula, to the east of Yamal, in Kransoyark region. It was accidentally discovered by local herders, inhabitants of the northern village of Nosok. 

The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified at how it was formed. Its depth is estimated at between 60 and 100 metres and its diameter - more than four metres. 

The herders almost fell into the hole which lies on a pasturing route. They took pictures of the hole which were sent to scientists at the Norilsk Taimyr Explorers' Club. 

Experts - geologists, ecologists, and historians - have not come to a consensus about the origin of the funnel, say reports in the region. 

'It is not like this is the work of men, but also doesn't look like natural formation,' said one account. 

Hole on Taymyr on the map


Big hole on Taymyr near Nosok

The herders almost fell into the hole which lies on a pasturing route. They took pictures of the hole which were sent to scientists at the Norilsk Taimyr Explorers' Club. Pictures: Google maps,  Local residents

Further study is planned of this hole. 

The first hole is around 70 metres deep with an icy lake at its bottom. 

Please see our reports on the first hole here and here.

Comments (139)

wasn't that region were the soviet used to test nuclear bombs?
h.saito, sampa,brazil
30/07/2014 03:10
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Fascinating!
Spock, Smallville, USA
30/07/2014 03:03
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Godzilla lives!
FrEddie, Florida
30/07/2014 02:49
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All you doomsday Christians on here. I've never understood how generation after generation of you persist in believing in something that never happens. Your lives pass you by having never lived meaningfully. Your lives are merely spent waiting to die. What a pity.
Rob, USA
30/07/2014 02:34
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I am amazed at the idiotic comments. Gods and devils...REALLY!!! The earth being piled up so neatly around the hole is telling of something but what is the question. An explosion would not do that it would make a star pastern called ejecta. And there is not enough earth to account for the size and depth so the earth has 1. Disappeared. 2. Sank 3. A gas bubble slowly forced its way through pushing the earth to the sides. We all love a puzzle and this is one. Enjoy nature at work and the wonder of it all. Don't let imaginary gods get in your way.
sk1951, usa
30/07/2014 02:27
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Here's what happened: A few wayward Hamas tunnel diggers lost their way and were wondering what took so long for them to dig their tunnels and why it was so cold when they came up.
Al D, Estero, Florida USA
30/07/2014 01:45
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Yes, its really last days, as we can
well see, there is demonic power. Bible tells
Truth.
Esaiah, Finland
30/07/2014 01:34
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could fit episode for leftovers show series
harry, palm bay,fl
30/07/2014 01:23
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The truth of the matter is; the world is collapsing in front of our eyes. We are nearing the tribulation period. Open your eyes people. Receive The Lords Jesus. It's going to be tool late soon.
Hannah, USA
30/07/2014 00:35
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Clearly the silver surfer has been here.
Your Mom, USA
30/07/2014 00:07
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TUNGUSKA?
Marko, UK
29/07/2014 23:49
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'It is not like this is the work of men, but also doesn't look like natural formation,' said one account.



Who said this???
Jack, USA
29/07/2014 23:49
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As a matter of Biblical Prophecy,many signs are becoming very clear in regards to the catching up of believers in JESUS known as the "Rapture of the Body of Christ".These holes could be in conjunction to these latter days events.In my own opinion satan and the demonic hordes of hell in the middle earth possibly could be displaying such oddities.There is more to it than meets the eye.JESUS is coming soon,keep your eyes on the skys.God Bless all.
George, Detroit,Michigan
29/07/2014 21:17
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maybe the Decepticons did that huge hole.....
Mandy, anywhere
29/07/2014 20:47
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Sarlacc Pit !!!!
No one, Brazil
29/07/2014 19:54
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