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'Meteor' Crashes in Peru; Hundreds Fall Ill

Interesting story just cropped up on the BBC News site about what is suspected to be a meteor that crashed near a village in Peru over the weekend. Some cattle have died and around 600 people who visited the site have fallen ill - through headaches, vomiting and general nausea after inhaling the gases which are still spewing forth from the crater.

Officials are en route to carry out tests on the site and confirm whether or not the object was in fact a meteor. The meteor is buried in the earth at the bottom of 20ft deep, 98ft wide, crater it formed upon impact.

Scores Ill in Peru 'Meteor' Crash (BBC News Online; Tuesday 18th September 2007)


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Sep. 18th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Rocks fall...

People *don't* die?

Something not right here. I would suspect an outside influence.

Please be Tiberium mutations! I want to join the Brotherhood Of Nod, because they get cool uniforms...

*realises he may well be getting carried away/playing too much C&C3*
Sep. 18th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
Peru is a known active volcanic region; my guess is the meteor punched through into a chamber or vent from a volcano. Gases from volcanoes tend to be highly toxic, which would explain the dead cattle and the symptoms reported by the affected people.
Sep. 18th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
That puts it all into perspective rather nicely.

Comparing the symptoms to sulphide-based exposures do seem to correlate. Of course further products would be evolved depending on the composition of the meteor, its mass and so on.

This would also provide a likely theory why the damage was not more widespread.

Sep. 19th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
I picked up on this one when it happened (heard it on the BBC World Service- splattered food across the radio and screamed ZOMBIES!), but damn your eyes ya beat me to posting it!

Don NOT acre what anyone says.
It's a Zombie plague.

So ner!

You may run to the hills.

I however already LIVE in the hills- so am not worried!
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
You should be worried, the hills are the worst place to live as at the first sign of meteorites falling from the skies loads of armed people with far too much dried food and a book on drinking their own urine will make for your neighbourhood and at the very least lower the housing value...
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:48 am (UTC)
Where are my flaming barrels? There's an incursion to be dealt with!
Sep. 19th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: Zombiaki!
Yeah... we should really release that before it becomes a 'current affairs' or even a 'historical' game :p
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Sep. 19th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
So... not only is it 'Talk Like A Pirate Day' but 'Write Like A Pirate Day' too :p
Sep. 19th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
No one would have believed in the first years of the 21st century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's. That as men busies themselves about their various concernes, they were scrutinised and studied as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. No one gave a thought to the older worlds as sources of danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible. Yet across the gulf of space...

Intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes...

And slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
As long as the backing music is by Jeff Wayne!
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