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Was Sodom Destroyed by a Meteor?

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22.09.2021

A new paper in Nature collects the scientific and archaeological evidence of a massive meteor explosion in the atmosphere, destroying an entire city in around 1,650 B.C.; the authors speculate that this may match the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom:

~ 1650 BCE (~ 3600 years ago), a cosmic airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam, a Middle-Bronze-Age city in the southern Jordan Valley northeast of the Dead Sea. The proposed airburst was larger than the 1908 explosion over Tunguska, Russia, [which] detonated with ~ 1000× more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. . . . Heating experiments indicate temperatures exceeded 2000 °C. Amid city-side devastation, the airburst demolished . . . the 4-to-5-story palace complex and the massive 4-m-thick mudbrick rampart, while causing extreme disarticulation and skeletal fragmentation in nearby humans. An airburst-related influx of salt . . . produced hypersalinity, inhibited agriculture, and caused a ~ 300–600-year-long abandonment of ~ 120 regional settlements within a > 25-km radius. Tall el-Hammam may be the second oldest city/town destroyed by a cosmic airburst/impact .........

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