About 3,600 years ago, on a normal day like any other day, the inhabitants of Tall el-Hammam, a city in the Mideast (seven miles NE of the Dead Sea) was destroyed when a space meteor slammed into them at 38,000 mph (61,000 kph).
Scientists have estimated that the fireball was about 2.4-3 miles in size and exploded when it was just above the ground. The impact and blast area was 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb dropped on Japan in WW2. Instant blindness occurred for anyone glancing up at the incoming horror and the heat from the blazing rock is estimated to have been 3,600 degrees F (2,000 Centigrade). As in Hiroshima, clothing instantly explodes into flames, metal melts, buildings sizzle. Within seconds the city was engulfed in heat and fire. But that is not all.
After the impact, it is estimated that a shock wave moving at 750 mph ripped through the city demolishing any buildings at the time. At the time, a four story palace was sheared off 40 feet from the top. The city of 8,000 simply no longer existed. Their bones broken into small fragments.
The impact did not just impact this city, but 14 miles to the west, the blast slammed into Jericho, crumbling its defensive walls and also burned the city to the ground.
For the past 15 years, scientists have been conducting studies and excavations, doing the analysis, and their findings have just been published in the Journal of Scientific Reports with 21 co-authors from many diverse fields. The excavations first revealed a black five foot thick layer of charcoal, ash, mudrocks and melted pottery. This indicated some sort of intense firestorm that was not a volcano, earthquake, nor, warfare.
After years of study and model scenarios as to what could explain this, it all pointed to an asteroid, similar to the one that did hit Tunguska, Russia, which knocked down 80 million trees in 1908. Also confirming this was the fact that at the site, finely fractured sand grains were found all over. This sand can only form under 725,000 lbs. per square inch. Something massive caused it. The layers excavated also contained many tiny diamonds, each one is smaller than the flu virus. It was found that these were derived from wood and plants that instantly turned into diamonds from the high pressure and temps from the impact. Experiments also showed that mud bricks and pottery melted above 2,700 F (it is also hot enough to melt your car) within minutes.
All this data led scientists to rule out most everything leaving an asteroid impact. When this evidence was compared to the meteor hit in Russia, the same sort of evidence was found, thus confirming the hypothesis. Oddly enough, it is the Bible that also confirms it indirectly. It describes the devastation of a city near the Dead sea caused by stones and fire from the sky.
In 2021, there are 26,000 known near Earth asteroids floating around our planet. Sooner or later, another will make it through our protective shield as was the case in Russia. It is not science fiction anymore.
perrya (author) on October 03, 2021:
Well, here, it confirms what science found out.
DW Davis from Eastern NC on October 02, 2021:
Let us hope the next such collision is centuries in the future. Interesting how archeology often confirms events in the Bible once ascribed to an angry vengeful God.
Cynthia from Philippines on October 02, 2021:
really? This article is interesting.
perrya (author) on October 02, 2021:
Thanks, and yes, they actually do happen. The destruction that incurs is profound even if it's a smaller one. The meteor that caused the dino extinction was huge.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 01, 2021:
Wow, what an incredible and devastating occurance. Thank God it isn't a more common one. Thank you for expanding my education, perrya.