|Scientists puzzled over Peruvian meteor impact|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Tuesday, 25 September 2007 05:57|
Not much has been happening lately. At least not counting Iranian President Ahmadinejad's speech in the Columbia University yesterday. But I have no desire to comment on that. I think it was extremely foolish to allow Ahmadinejad a platform from which to broadcast his views, even if they are vigorously opposed by members of the university. There's something just not right about honouring a man such as this. The Bible states that all government is ordained of God (Romans 13), but Mordecai the Jew did not bow before wicked Haman, and neither should we reverence a man who is plotting the downfall of the Jewish state. On the one hand Ahmadinejad says the Jews are our friends, and on the other hand Iranian scientists are helping Syria arm their missiles with chemical warheads.
Scientists are still puzzled over the meteor strike which occurred in Peru last week. Witnesses have described the incident as a fiery ball falling from the sky, and smashing into the Andean plane. The impact left an elliptical crater around 6 metres deep and 30 metres wide. The meteor was followed by many smaller objects around the size of stones. The water within the crater boiled for around 10 minutes after the impact, and around two hundred people who came near the site experienced dizziness and vomiting after inhaling sulphurous fumes. Doctors have found no cause of illness associated with the meteor itself. Scientists have said that it is unlikely that a meteor would bring up much gas from the earth, and no source of radiation has yet been discovered. Scientists could not explain the boiling of the water, stating that meteors should be cold after hitting the ground. But they believe that the object is definitely a meteor, and could have been around 10 feet in diameter before breaking up in the atmosphere.
Quote: "Justina Limache, 74, told the Lima daily El Comercio that when she heard the thunderous roar from the sky, she abandoned her flock of alpacas and ran home with her 8-year-old granddaughter. She said that after the meteorite struck, small rocks rained down on the roof of her house for several minutes and she feared the house was going to collapse. Modesto Montoya, a member of the medical team, told El Comercio that fear may have provoked psychosomatic ailments. "When a meteorite falls, it produces horrid sounds when it makes contact with the atmosphere," he said. "It is as if a giant rock is being sanded. Those sounds could have frightened them."
I can't help wondering, if that is what a 10 foot meteor does to the earth, what must the impact of a mile wide asteroid be like? The Bible states in the book of Revelation that during the tribulation period, a "mountain burning with fire" will be cast into the sea. John records that he saw a third of life that was in the sea perished, and a third part of the ships were destroyed. With the Asian Tsunami in December 2004, we have already seen what can happen in the sea following a major earthquake. You can imagine the loss of life, not only when a third part of the ships - and all their occupants, are destroyed. World governments have constructed a tsunami warning system which will alert people of the probability of a tsunami following a major earthquake. But it is most unlikely that such a system will be any use in the event of an asteroid impact. On several occasions the earth has experienced a near miss with a massive asteroid, with little or no advanced warning. It may only be a matter of time before Shoemaker Levi 9 is happening on earth.