Dozens of Craters in Siberia Trigger Alarm-Scientists


Scientists were baffled last July when they discovered three giant holes in the ground in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia.

Now, with the help of satellite imagery, researchers have located four additional craters–and they believe there may be dozens more in the region. That has them calling for an urgent investigation to protect residents living in the area.

I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them… I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more,” Prof. Vasily Bogoyavlensky, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and deputy director of the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute, told The Siberian Times. “It is important not to scare people, but to understand that it is a very serious problem and we must research this.”

Researchers ventured deep inside one of the holes last November, collecting data in an effort to learn why the holes formed. The leading theory is that the holes were created by gas explosions triggered by underground heat or by rising air temperatures associated with climate change, the Siberian Times reported last December.

Since scientists can’t predict when or where gas explosions will occur, it’s dangerous to study them, according to Bogoyavlensky. But he said his team is planning to launch a new expedition, and to put stations in the area to detect earthquakes that might strike when the craters open up.

“We need to answer now the basic questions: what areas and under what conditions are the most dangerous?” he told the Siberian Times. “These questions are important for safe operation of the northern cities and infrastructure of oil and gas complexes.”

Experts in the U.S. echoed that sentiment.

Dr. Carolyn Ruppel, a research geophysicist at the Woods Hole Field Center in Massachusetts and chief of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Gas Hydrates Project, told The Huffington Post in an email that she was not surprised that new holes had been found.

Ruppel, who is not involved in the Siberian research effort, called for more research on the holes.

“The processes that are causing them to form likely occur over a wide area of the continuous permafrost in this part of Siberia,” she said in the email. “Scientists should definitely conduct more research on these features to determine the processes that cause their formation, how they evolve with time, and whether it is possible to predict where new ones will occur.”

This has all the earmarks of how UNITED STATES painted Japan into corner over petroleum resulting in WWII


Editor: Because of the sanctions imposed upon Russia by the United States and the European Union Russia has turn to other trading partners to offset these actions. The deal described below is an earmark, the same type of painting Russia into the corner as the United States did to Japan which led to the “surprise” attack on Pearl Harbor, although the specifics are different, the attitudes are the same, whether or not the consequences will be, we can only hope not!


Russia Delivers Blow To Petrodollar In Historic $20 Billion Iran Oil Deal
Russia signed a historic $20 billion oil deal with Iran to bypass both western sanctions and the dollar based western monetary system yesterday.

Currency wars are set to escalate as the petro dollar’s decline continues.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Iranian counterpart Bijan Zanganeh signed a five-year memorandum of understanding in Moscow, which included cooperation in the oil sector.

“Based on Iran’s proposal, we will participate in arranging shipments of crude oil, including to the Russian market,” Novak was quoted as saying.

The five year accord will see Russia help Iran “organise oil sales” as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods and agriculture products”, according to a statement by the Energy Ministry in Moscow.

The deal could see Russia buying 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day, the Moscow-based Kommersant newspaper has previously reported. Under the proposed deal Russia would buy up to 500,000 barrels a day or a third of Iranian oil exports in exchange for Russian equipment and goods.

The Russian government withdrew the statement regarding the deal last night, but said it would issue a new statement today.

In January, Russia said that they were negotiating an oil-for-goods swap worth $1.5 billion a month that would enable Iran to lift oil exports substantially to Russia, undermining Western sanctions.

Yesterday, the Russian President told regional leaders that “the political tools of economic pressure are unacceptable and run counter to all norms and rules.” He  said in response to western sanctions he had given orders to boost domestic manufacturers at the expense of non-Russian ones.

The White House has previously said that reports of talks between Russia and Iran were a matter of “serious concern”.


EASTER SUNDAY celebrated around the world RUSSIA INCLUDED click here

English: Vladimir Putin, Metropolitan Kirill, ...

Happy Easter, it’s important to note that a great many people celebrate Easter around the world and some that the National Media have been hitting hard, but nonetheless, still observe the Christian holiday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev were among thousands of people who packed the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow Saturday evening for a service marking the Easter holiday. The traditional service was led by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
As part of the service worshipers lit candles using fire from Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher flame, brought to Moscow after being lit earlier in the day by the patriarch in Jerusalem. The holy fire has been brought to Russia from Jerusalem every year since 2003.

Information on the particulars below:

W/S Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and Svetlana Medvedeva at Easter service at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow
M/S Orthodox cross with image of Jesus Christ at centre
W/S Putin, Dmitry Medvedev and Svetlana Medvedeva
W/S Interior of Christ the Saviour Cathedral
W/S Image of Jesus Christ
M/S Military officials at service
M/S Portrait of Jesus Christ
W/S Clergy
W/S Three women at service
W/S Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and clergy
W/S Worshippers at service
W/S Women at service
W/S Image of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ
W/S Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and clergy
M/S Young people at service
W/S W/S Patriarch Kirill of Moscow blessing congregation
M/S A clergyman
W/S Patriarch Kirill of Moscow with candle lit with Holy Sepulchre flame
C/U Holy Sepulcher flame at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow
M/S People at service

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