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Peru hit by unidentified object from space: crater is releasing gas, hundreds of people are ill

Scores ill in Peru 'meteor crash'

Hundreds of people in Peru have needed treatment after an object from space - said to be a meteorite - plummeted to Earth in a remote area, officials say.

They say the object left a deep crater after crashing down over the weekend near the town of Carancas in the Andes.

People who have visited scene have been complaining of headaches, vomiting and nausea after inhaling gases.

A team of scientists is on its way to the site to collect samples and verify whether it was indeed a meteorite.


"It [the object] is buried in the earth," local resident Heber Mamani told the BBC.

"That is why we are asking for an analysis because we are worried for our people. They are afraid. A bull is dead and some other animals are already sick," he said.

The incident began on Saturday night, when people near Carancas in the Puno region, some 1,300km (800 miles) south of Lima, reported seeing a fireball in the sky coming towards them.

The object then hit the ground, leaving a 30m (98ft) wide and 6m (20ft) deep crater.

The crater spewed what officials described as fetid, noxious gases.

An engineer from the Peruvian Nuclear Energy Institute told the AFP news agency no radiation had been detected from the crater and ruled out the fallen object being a satellite.

Renan Ramirez said: "It is a conventional meteorite that, when it struck, produced gases by fusing with elements of the terrain."

The gases are believed to have affected the health of hundreds of people who visited the site.

Most of the victims have been complaining of headaches, vomiting and nausea.

Honorio Campoblanco, one of Peru's leading geologists, called on the authorities to stop people going near the crash site.


BBC News, "Scores ill in Peru 'meteor crash'", 19 September 2007.


RIAN, "Peru: Peruvian mystery crater", 18 September 2007.
"A Meteorite hits a rural Peruvian town near the Bolivian border leaving a smelly crater."

KNBC, "Foul-Smelling Meteorite Falls In Peru", 18 September 2007.
"Officials Say Meteorite May Contain Smelly Chemicals"


SOTT, "UFO fleet over Lima, Peru", 20 May 2007.,+Peru


Daily Mail, "Meteor crash leaves 66ft crater - and hundreds feeling sick", 19 September 2007.
    It has all the hallmarks of a 1950s B-movie - a remote location, mysterious lights in the sky, a crater that appeared from nowhere, and a disease that spread like the plague through locals.
    But this is no science fiction film. Officials in Peru yesterday revealed that 200 people had fallen sick after an object from space crashed into the south of the country over the weekend.
    The mystery deepened when local news reports said two "calcium life-forms" were found in the crater.
    One excited radio reporter said: "They think they've found spacemen." [The original "breaking news" article on the BBC News web site also mentioned "bones" but this part of the story was removed early on when the article was updated.]
    The bodies turned out to be the remains of dead animals buried before the object hit.

The Guardian, "Peru meteorite crash 'causes mystery illness'", 18 September 2007.,,2171920,00.html
    A meteorite has struck a remote part of Peru and carved a large crater that is emitting noxious odours and making villagers ill, according to local press reports.
    A fireball streaked across the Andean sky late on Saturday night and crashed into a field near Carancas, a sparsely populated highland wilderness near Lake Titicaca on the border with Bolivia, witnesses said.
    The orange streak and loud bang were initially thought to be a plane crashing. When farmers went to investigate, however, they found a crater at least 10m wide and 5m deep, but no sign of wreckage.


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