NIKOLA TESLA | Mysterious Tunguska Explosion of 1908 in Siberia may be linked to Tesla’s experiments of wireless transmission.
Did you know that in 1908 in Siberia, one of the most catastrophic, mind-blowing (and mysterious) cosmic impact catastrophes ever in the history of civilization occurred – and yet it wasn’t widely known outside Russia (save for a few astronomy and research scientist enclaves) until around the 1970s? Even interested research parties didn’t learn about or even set foot on the scene of a disaster until 1921. It didn’t make front-page news in the papers when it happened because of the extreme remoteness of that region of Siberia.
Also at play was the secretive, unsettled nature of Russia at the time (which of course only heightened the many conspiracy theories surrounding it today) (taken from the article The Tunguska Explosion of 1908). On June 30, 1908, over 100 years ago, a huge explosion destroyed over 1,000 miles of a very remote and sparsely inhabited region of central Siberia.
The exact date of the event is very uncertain because nobody from the outside reached the region until 1927, and there is an 11-day difference between the Julian calendar then used by the Russians and the Gregorian calendar which supplanted the Julian calendar. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII massacred the calendar by taking out 11 days in the month of October. The Russians did not convert to the Gregorian calendar until after 1917 Russian Revolution.
The area of the blast was extremely remote, but the devastation was immense. An estimated 80 million trees were flattened and whole herds of deer wiped out. The magnitude of the blast was thousands of times greater than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima and its impact was felt as far afield as Great Britain. Had it occurred just minutes later it would have destroyed the whole of St Petersburg and killed millions of people?
On the 17th of June, around 9 a.m. in the morning, we observed an unusual natural occurrence. In the north Karelinski village the peasants saw to the north west, rather high above the horizon, some strangely bright (impossible to look at) bluish-white heavenly body, which for 10 minutes moved downwards.
The body appeared as a pipe, a cylinder. The sky was cloudless, only a small dark cloud was observed in the general direction of the bright body. It was hot and dry. As the body neared the ground , the bright body seemed to smudge, and then turned into a giant billow of black smoke, and a loud knocking, not thunder, was heard, as if large stones were falling, or artillery was fired.
All buildings shook. At the same time the cloud began emitting flames of uncertain shapes. All villagers were stricken with panic and took to the streets, women cried, thinking it was the end of the world. –Wikipedia Tunguska Event
One of the alternative theories about Tunguska revolves around pioneering inventor Nikola Tesla. Tesla was a scientific genius credited with several important innovations in electricity, magnetism, and radio. For many years, he explored ideas for the wireless transmission of electricity. In 1901, he began construction of the 57m high Wardenclyffe tower in New York. Ostensibly for telegraphy, he used the tower to further his experiments into the transmission of electricity.
But by 1906, his chief financial backer JP Morgan grew dissatisfied with Tesla’s experiments and withdrew funding. Tesla’s plans were in ruin, he became desperate and, according to biographers, suffered a nervous breakdown. Knowing what we know of Wardenclyffe, we know that by 1908, the tower was supposed to be under optimal operating conditions. Meaning that Tesla had from 1901 to 1908 to work and tweak on his already finished model. So this has to lead many to speculate that the Tunguska explosion wasn’t caused by a rock from space but rather by Tesla’s tower. Since Long Island, New York sort of lines up with Tunguska geographically speaking.
We know that Tesla was far more proficient with electricity and its application than Marconi or Edison. So it takes no big leap in imagination to paint an electrifying picture of the tower at Wardenclyffe, buzzing with energy, ready to send a massive, resonating volt of raw energy across the globe via its insulating mantle.
A volt so powerfully charged that it burst out from the earth itself, shining brilliantly into space. Blasting away the dirt and rocks, the trees and anything else that happened to be rooted or standing on its path, even Tunguska itself.
The Electrical Engineer – London
Dec. 24, 1909, p. 893
NIKOLA TESLA`S NEW WIRELESS
Mr. Nikola Tesla has announced that as the result of experiments conducted at Shoreham, Long Island, he has perfected a new system of wireless telegraphy and telephony in which the principles of transmission are the direct opposite of Hertzian wave transmission. In the latter, he says, the transmission is effected by rays akin to light, which pass through the air and cannot be transmitted through the ground, while in the former the Hertz waves are practically suppressed and the entire energy of the current is transmitted through the ground exactly as though a big wire. Mr. Tesla adds that in his experiments in Colorado it was shown that a very powerful current developed by the transmitter traversed the entire globe and returned to its origin in an interval of 84 one-thousandths of a second, this journey of 24,000 miles being effected almost without loss of energy.
New York Times, April 21, 1908, p. 5, col. 6.
MR. TESLA’S VISION
How the Electrician’s Lamp of Aladdin May Construct New Worlds.
To the Editor of the New York Times:
From a report in your issue of March 11, which escaped my attention, I notice that some remarks I made on the occasion referred to have been misunderstood. Allow me to make a correction.
When I spoke of future warfare I meant that it should be conducted by direct application of electrical waves without the use of aerial engines or other implements of destruction.
This means, as I pointed out, would be ideal, for not only would the energy of war require no effort for the maintenance of its potentiality, but it would be productive in times of peace.
This is not a dream. Even now wireless power plants could be constructed by which any region of the globe might be rendered uninhabitable without subjecting the population of other parts to serious danger or inconvenience.
What I said in regard to the greatest achievement of the man of science whose mind is bent upon the mastery of the physical universe, was nothing more than what I stated in one of my unpublished addresses, from which I quote:
“According to an adopted theory, every ponderable atom is differentiated from a tenuous fluid, filling all space merely by spinning motion, as a whirl of water in a calm lake. By being set in movement this fluid, the ether, becomes gross matter.
Its movement arrested, the primary substance reverts to its normal state. It appears, then, possible for man through harnessed energy of the medium and suitable agencies for starting and stopping ether whirls to cause matter to form and disappear.
At his command, almost without effort on his part, old worlds would vanish and new ones would spring into being. He could alter the size of this planet, control its seasons, adjust its distance from the sun, guide it on its eternal journey along any path he might choose, through the depths of the universe.
He could make planets collide and produce his suns and stars, his heat and light; he could originate life in all its infinite forms. To cause at will the birth and death of matter would be man’s grandest deed, which would give him the mastery of physical creation, make him fulfill his ultimate destiny.”
Nothing could be further from my thought than to call wireless telephony around the world “the greatest achievement of humanity” as reported.
This is a feat which, however stupefying, can be readily performed by any expert. I have myself constructed a plant for this very purpose. The wireless wonders are only seeming, not results of exceptional skill, as popularly believed.
The truth is the electrician has been put in possession of a veritable lamp of Aladdin. All he has to do is to rub it. Now, to rub the lamp of Aladdin is no achievement.
If you are desirous of hastening the accomplishment of still greater and further reaching wonders you can do no better than by emphatically opposing any measure tending to interfere with the free commercial exploitation of water power and the wireless art.
So absolutely does human progress depend on the development of these that the smallest impediment, particularly through the legislative bodies of this country, may set back civilization and the cause of peace for centuries.
A meteorological observer in England recounted on the nights of June 30th and July 1st:
A strong orange yellow light became visible in the north and northeast… causing an undue prolongation of twilight lasting to daybreak on July 1st…There was a complete absence of scintillation or flickering, and no tendency for the formation of streamers, or a luminous arch, characteristic of auroral phenomena… Twilight on both of these night was prolonged to daybreak, and there was no real darkness
When Tesla used his high power transmitter as a directed energy weapon he drastically altered the normal electrical condition of the earth. By making the electrical charge of the planet vibrate in tune with his transmitter he was able to build up electric fields that affected compasses and caused the upper atmosphere to behave like the gas-filled lamps in his laboratory.
He had turned the entire globe into a simple electrical component that he could control.
Given Tesla’s general pacifistic nature it is hard to understand why he would carry out a test harmful to both animals and the people who herded the animals even when he was in the grip of financial desperation. The answer is that he probably intended no harm, but was aiming for a publicity coup and, literally, missed his target. At the end of 1908, the whole world was following the daring attempt of Peary to reach the North Pole which he claimed in the Spring of 1909.
If Tesla wanted the attention of the international press, few things would have been more impressive than the Peary expedition sending out the word of a cataclysmic explosion on the ice near or at the North Pole.
Tesla, then, if he could not be hailed as the master creator that he was, could be seen as the master of a mysterious new force of destruction.
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