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Expect ‘Methane Explosions’ in Siberia, Researchers Warn

Posted by feww on September 23, 2015

Methane eruptions continue to puncture permafrost in Siberia

Dozens of punctures, caused by methane eruptions/explosions, continue to rip through the permafrost in Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia, and other parts of Far North (Russia), according to a report.


Researches have prepared a 3D-model of the first large hole, named B-1, that appeared on Yamal, which rapidly became a lake. Picture: Vladimir Olenchenko/Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics/ via http://siberiantimes.com.

The first hole, measuring about 80 meters wide and 100 meters deep, was discovered last year in Yamal, means the “end of the world,” located in the far north of Siberia, said a report.

Dozens of craters, small and large, have appeared in Far North (Russia), including the Taymyr Peninsula.

Researchers warn more explosions will occur leaving behind ever larger craters as warmer temperatures melt permafrost releasing explosive methane gas.

The methane concentration at the bottom of the craters is reportedly many orders of magnitude higher than average atmospheric content of the gas.

More images, videos and details posted at

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0415-danger-of-methane-explosions-on-yamal-peninsula-scientists-warn/

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