Dozens of new mysterious craters found in Siberia, in northern Russia. Above, the B1 Yamal hole, by a helicopter flyover in 2014.
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Scientists are not certain what is causing this phenomenon, they believe that the craters are formed after a gas explosion, but they don’t have any proof yet.
Professor Bogoyavlensky, deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, said:
“I would compare this with mushrooms: when you find one mushroom, be sure there are few more around. I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more.
Years of experience has shown that gas emissions can cause serious damage to drilling rigs, oil and gas fields and offshore pipelines. We cannot rule out new gas emissions in the Arctic and in some cases they can ignite.”
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