The Tunguska Event

Although more is known about the Tunguska Event today than was known when it occurred in 1908, scientists and other experts remain at odds when it comes to details. While those approaching the situation with a more logical approach debate whether this explosion originated from a meteor touchdown or the dispersion of a comet, others differ in opinions regarding whether the event was triggered by Agdy (sometimes spelled Ogdy) or UFOs.

On June 30th of 1908, a major explosion occurred in Russia in the area northwest of Lake Baikal. For those unfamiliar with Russia, it appears to be somewhere in the center of the country. This area was sparsely populated by the Evenki and a few Russian settlers. Witnesses from miles away first noticed something strange when a blue-white cylinder of light began descending from the sky. When it touched down, it was accompanied by heatwaves and artillery-like noises. Some witnesses likened the noises to thunder, others to gunfire, and still more to a “thumping” sound. Regardless, the blast was strong enough to knock people off of their feet who were stationed twenty-five miles from ground zero.

The first actual investigation of the site didn’t take place until 1927, six years after a Russian mineralogist by the name of Leonid Kulik petitioned for the expedition. Kulik wanted to visit the site in order to excavate meteoric iron from the alleged meteor. However, when they were near the site, Kulik’s Evenki guides refused to go any further. They feared something called “Valleymen,” who have never really been fully explained, but who are thought to be beasts of some sort that mean travelers harm. In any case, Kulik and his team returned to a nearby village and secured new guides.

When they arrived at the crash site, they were surprised to find that there was no crater. It is this fact that leads many experts to believe that it was a comet, as a comet would disintegrate upon entering Earth’s atmosphere. They also found that the scorching patterns of the ground, when taking aerial photos, was in the shape of a butterfly. This led many on the paranormal side to believe that this was an alien visitation or crash landing (covered up by officials).

The Evenki natives were certain that it was the coming of Ogdy, a god whom they worshipped, or the Agdy, which is the Evenki name for thunder. Agdy is also referred to as the giant iron birds of lore that cause the thunder noises with the flapping of their wings. The Evenki believed that some shamans were so close to Agdy in the underworld that the Agdy would do their bidding. It was for this reason that the Evenki at first did not want to answer Kulik’s questions about the Tunguska Event; they believed that a shaman had sent a curse on them.

Article by  Lynn Evans

Photo of affected area taken in 1927.


4 thoughts on “The Tunguska Event

  1. davidcalvert108

    The exploding comet theory seems the most plausible to date, regarding this story. The blast radius and pattern would suggest it detonated approximately 10 miles above ground surface and split in two, due to the incredible shock wave pressures being exerted on it’s leading edge. This would account for the butterfly blast pattern over the forest. Another factor here, which isn’t mentioned in the above text, is that for several weeks after people could read their newspapers in the middle of night because of the afterglow. This afterglow effect was most probably due to the cometary ice fragments being blasted out of Earth’s stratosphere and back into space. On reaching a high orbit the ice crystals would reflect the Suns light back to earth, until gravity took over and pulled them back again.
    The absence of craters would make sense. Even if larger fragments impacted with the ground they would quickly melt and fill in any crater they made in what was already a notoriously marshly landscape.


    1. Gatekeeper Post author

      Thanks for sharing that information David. I thought I knew most of history surrounding the Tunguska up until you mention about the afterglow that followed for several weeks later. I need to research this further.


      1. davidcalvert108

        I first read of this event in the X FACTOR magazine back in the 90’s, when I was a young man and a regular subscriber to the mag. I was so taken by it, I even wrote a poem about the event. You can buy back issues of the mag at Amazon bookstore. I still have the original binders and articles in my home library.


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