Two more giant holes discovered after crater 'at the end of the world' is found in Siberia
The new formations are said to be smaller than the first but similar in appearance
Reindeer herders have stumbled across two more giant holes in the ground in northern Russia just two weeks after discovering the first at the “end of the world” in Siberia, local newspapers have claimed.
The Siberian Times has reported the discovery after the first 80metre-wide hole was spotted 1,800 miles east of Moscow in a barren permafrost stretch of Yamal, an area that translates as "the end of the world".
Researchers dispatched to investigate the first formation have taken soil and water samples to determine when the hole was formed. Yamal holds some of Russia’s largest gas reserves and the crater appeared less than 20 miles from the biggest gas field, Bovanenkovo.
One of the new craters has a diameter of about 15 metres and was found close to the first in the Taz district, near the village of Antipayuta.
Mikhail Lapsui, a deputy of the regional parliament, said local residents in the area first became aware of the new opening in September 2013.
He told the newspaper: “I flew by helicopter to inspect this funnel on Saturday 19 July. Its diameter is about 15 metres. There is also ground outside, as if it was thrown as a result of an underground explosion.”
Possible theories for the formation of the holes are ranging from an underground explosion of gas and global warming, to the somewhat less helpful suggestions of alien activity in the area.
Read more: Giant hole appears at 'the end of the world' in Siberia
Team reaches the giant Siberian hole
The other crater is reported to be four metres wide and was discovered by herders hundreds of miles away in the Taymyr Peninsula, to the east of Yamal, in Kransoyark region.
Scientist Marina Leibman told URA.RU: "I have heard about the second funnel on Yamal, in Taz district, and saw the pictures.
"Undoubtedly, we need to study all such formations. It is necessary to be able to predict their occurrence. Each new funnel provides additional information for scientists."
Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again
Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 35,000 walrus gather on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 5 Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
Jennifer Lawrence nude photos leak: More celebrities allegedly targeted as third wave of hacked images released
Cheryl Cole named 'the most dangerous celebrity' on the internet
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
Former Tory donor Arron Banks ups his Ukip donation to £1million following William Hague 'nobody' comment
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Uncapped Commission, 1st yr OTE £30-£40k : SThree:...
£45000 - £50000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...
£400 - £450 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: My client are looking fo...
£40000 - £45000 Per Annum + benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Domino ...