3 tonne meteorite stolen in Russia

by Dhiram Shah

Russian news agency Interfax is reporting that thieves have stolen a three-tonne meteorite from the yard of the Tunguska Space Event foundation, whose director said it was the part of meteor that caused a massive explosion in Siberia in 1908. The massive three tonne rock was bought to Krasnoyarsk after an 2004 expedition to the site of the so-called “Tunguska event” – a mysterious mid air explosion over Siberia in 1908 was 1,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 and felled an estimated 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers (830 sq mi). The foundation’s director Yury Lavbin claimed to have discovered the wreckage of an alien spacecraft during the expedition.

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“It winds up that it disappeared said Lavbin. “Our colleagues are establishing what got lost, where the rock is and why they only came to us about it now,” he said.
Via – Interfax

  • anoym

    maybe it powered up its ion drive and headed home?

  • Q-Parser

    OMG! How can a 3 tonnes heavy meteorite disappear?

  • anonymouse

    With a 3 tonnes crane.
    >> OMG! How can a 3 tonnes heavy meteorite disappear?

  • Jaggernaut

    Can only happen in Russia. Geez, those ppl are CRAZY.

  • Owen

    Oh those russians!

  • meyouandi

    Helps if you spell “Ton” correctly

  • Shivinski

    What you mean crazy! I do beleve America is much crazyer then Russia here! In Russia at least the government admits to being corrupt…in America they try to deny it!

  • owen2

    lol, bet they find it in a UK (liverpool) scrap yard with white paint on it from the transit pickup that lifted it..

  • rocky

    Hmmm… Check out those Ebay Meteor listing… I bet, if it is stolen, it will be cut up into little specimens and shipped around the world, a few oz at a time. Unwitting Collectors will end up purchasing it at Rock & Mineral shows and not even know it is part of a bigger rock stolen.
    Hmmm… Off to Ebay I go… :)

  • Francus_Caetus

    OMG…. Man…. Russia realy Rocks.
    Those Things Never Happen in Here Africa.

  • Francus_Caetus

    I heard Bruce Willis Has a New meteorite In is Personal Collection. Someone Better Check up That Guy. He is Being acting strange Since Amargedon….

  • swatmajor1

    “Tonne” refers to metric, the proper measurement system
    >>Helps if you spell “Ton” correctly

  • meyouandi-speller

    For meyouandi, 1 tonne (a metric measurement) equals 1,000 kilograms while 1 ton equals approximately 907.18474 kilograms. They are not the same word.

  • EEphilosopher

    Umm… meyouandi, ‘tonne’ is a metric unit of measure referring to 1,000 kg. One metric tonne is equivalent to ~1.102 short (US) tons.

  • Crazy American

    “In Russia at least the government admits to being corrupt…in America they try to deny it!”
    Which shows how goofy Russians can be. A part of being corrupt would be to avoid admitting you are corrupt. If you admit you are corrupt, then how corrupt can you actually be? 😉 😀

  • Jirona

    I stole it! All your 3 tonne / ton / tun alien meteorite spaceship thingies belong to us!

  • EEphilosopher

    Incidentally, this story is patently false as no confirmed debris was ever recovered from the Tunguska event. The Tunguska Space Phenomenon foundation, which claims to have had possession of the meteor, was originally formed to prove that space aliens were responsible for the incident http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/tunguska_event_040812.html.

  • chris

    This story is false. The cause of the accident is still up for debate and no definitive debris has been found. The Tunguska Space Phenomenon foundation was formed with the intention of proving that aliens were responsible, so that makes anything they say quite suspect. The cannot prove that what was taken from them was anything other than an ordinary rock.

  • shurik

    I checked on interfax.com and interfax.ru also and found absolutely nothing… so it seems to be bullshit!!!!

  • Hymee

    Meteorite?? Even the Wikipedia article cited towards the beginning of this piece mentions no crater was ever found… No wonder someone thinks it got stolen – it wasn’t there in the first place!

  • BiTN

    Maybe the meteorite was just a melted piece of earth rock. Hell, the explosion was worse than an atomic bomb 😛