The Tunguska Event

The Tunguska Event was a large and powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River, shortly after 7AM in Siberia on June 30th, 1908.

The mysterious explosion occurred in a remote location, surrounded by deep forest. In total, the explosion knocked over an estimated 82 million tree's, covering an area of 2,150 sq. km's (830 sq. mi).

Most scientists agree that the Tunguska Event was caused by the air burst of a large meteor or comet at an approximate altitude of 5-10 km (3-6 mi) from the ground.

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The Explosion

Estimates of the energy from the Tunguska explosion range anywhere from 5 to 30 megatons of TNT, or about a 5.0 on the Richter scale. The Tunguska Event is the largest impact event over land in earth's recent history.

Russian settlers who witnessed the event from nearby Lake Baikal described the Tunguska Event as a large column of bright light, as bright as the sun, moving across the morning sky. Approximately 10 minutes later, there was a bright flash, and a sound similar to artillery fire. There was an extremely large shockwave which immediately followed that knocked people off their feet, and damaged buildings hundreds of kilometre's away.

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The Search For Answers

The first official expedition to the impact site was in 1921, led by Russian Mineralogist, Leonid Kulik. He discovered there was no impact crater of any kind, but only a 8 kilometre zone of scorched tree's.

Later expeditions found microscopic spheres deep in the soil. The sphere's contained unusual ratio's of other metals compared to the surrounding environment, which pointed toward an extraterrestrial origin.

Leonid Kulik ExpeditionCredit:


Nikola Tesla was a Siberian-American inventor and electrical engineer. Tesla is famous for inventing flourescent lighting, the Tesla coil, the Tesla motor, alternating current (AC), and the modern day radio.

Nikola TeslaCredit:  But did Tesla attempt to design and develop a far more dangerous weapon?

 Nikola Tesla claimed to have invented and developed a " Death Ray " called Teleforce in the 1930's and even tried to sell it to the military.

 Did the Teleforce cause the massive explosion known as the Tunguska Event today?

At the exact same time as the Tunguska Event occurred, stories have told that Nikola Tesla was testing his " Death Ray ". Tesla aimed his newly invented weapon directly towards the Arctic Circle, where he hoped that Admiral Peary will see the beam on his arctic expedition. Admiral Peary never witnessed any beam, light, or anything out of the ordinary.

Could Tesla's " Death Ray " have actually worked? Did he possibly overshoot his target, the Arctic Circle, and hit Siberia, just due south, causing the Tunguska Event?


Nikola Tesla never admitted to ever testing the Teleforce weapon.

For now, the Tunguska Event will remain the result of an exploding comet, but many believe the Tunguska Event is unsolved, and something extremely unnatural occurred.