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Meteorite Strikes in Peru

Updated on February 4, 2013


Why the Secrecy?
Why the Secrecy? | Source


It is said that in 2007 a meteorite hit the ground in Peru. It was the third such instance there in recent years.

Many people saw the bright light in the sky and then heard the crash. People rushed to the sight, at first thinking that it was a plane that had crashed.

On reaching the crash sight, all that was visible was a crater 66 feet wide and 16 feet deep. No plane or giant rock.

A couple of theories have been put forward.

Firstly there is the theory that, if it was a meteorite then it shattered into dust on impact.

Secondly, that it wasn’t a meteorite at all but an underground explosion, that just happened to coincide in timing to that of a shooting star being seen in the sky.

The scientists are still out on verifying which of these theories, if any, is true.


It can hardly be any wonder that when an event such as this is witnessed by so many, rumors will abound.

Sure enough, since this incident reports of aliens being sighted have risen in the area.

One thing that is a fact though: is that some visitors to the sight have become ill. There have been upward of 200 cases reported of nausea, vomiting, sore throats, skin irritation and headaches. It has even been reported that animals around the sight also seem to be suffering from gagging, staggering and watery eyes.

Underground Explosion

Dr. Caroline Smith of the Natural History Museum in London says that in this part of Peru, it is possible for pockets of methane or hydrogen sulphide, to come together under the surface of the ground and if one of these pockets were to explode, then it could cause illnesses such as those described.

She also speculates that it could be possible for one of these explosions to happen around the same time as a meteorite exploded in Earth’s atmosphere.

Meteors are large chunks of debris that exist in space. Whilst they are outside our atmosphere they are known as meteoroids, it is only when they enter our atmosphere that they become known as meteorites. Most of these however explode in the atmosphere, burning out before they actually hit the Earth. These are seen as “shooting stars”.

Of the ones that do hit the Earth, most are not large enough to leave a crater. Only about 5 or 6 out of every 500 meteorite impacts are reported to scientists for analysis.


As seems to too often be the case, is that we never seem to be told the outcome of the scientists investigations.

Once again, as always seems to be the case, people are advised to stay away from the sight due to possible health hazards.

Is this just a ruse to maintain security?

If these are just chunks of rock from outer space, what is all the secrecy about?

Why is it that findings of each individual case seem to be so hard to find?

When an astronaut returns from a trip into space, they go through rigorous decontamination processes. This is because scientists say that they do not know what kind of impurities or germs may be present in space. Yet when a rock from space is suspected of landing, there doesn’t seem to be a large decontamination zone surrounding the scene, just advisories, why?

Are these meteorite strikes?

Do they present a biological hazard?

Either way, we should be informed and, if necessary protected from any potential dangers. The scientists alone could not keep these things secret, they must have government help.

What is it that these people seem to know but apparently do not want us to?


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    • diogenes profile image

      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      The explosion may have released methane gas which would have made people and animals ill...

      Actually, they are know as meteors in space and meteorites when they land as material (I believe)


    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      How come I'm always the first to comment on your hubs, here is my thought . . . perhaps a meteor large enough to create a decent impact crater hit right above a cavern of methane gas which created a big explosion releasing more methane into the atmosphere.

      As far as keeping the public away, why do you think that it is illegal to enter any cave in the US with out a government representative?

      Why do you think NASA has had the monopoly on space info for years?

      Control baby!