Thursday, September 27, 2007

Meteorite Causes Illness in Peru (click here)

600 sick in Peru after 'meteorite' crashes
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | 1:13 AM ET
CBC News
Hundreds of people flocked to get medical treatment after an apparent meteorite crashed in a remote part of southern Peru over the weekend, health officials said.
The fiery ball that witnesses say fell from the sky Saturday morning smashed into the Andean plain near the Bolivian border, leaving a crater 30 metres wide and six metres deep.
Scientists are on their way to the site to collect samples in order to verify the whether the crater was, fact, caused by a meteorite.
About 600 people sought medical treatment after visiting the site, authorities say.
Jorge Lopez, the health director in Puno, say most complained of headaches, vomiting and nausea that they believe was caused by noxious fumes from the crater.
A local resident told the BBC that the object is buried in the ground. "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," said Heber Mamani. ..... Click here for the rest of the story

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