The Destruction From Heavens Of Sodom and Gomorrah Really Happened: Impacts No Laughing Matter

Many people will laugh about cosmic bolides impacting…As they believe it happened only to dinosaurs. But impacts occur probably much more frequently than was generally assumed previously… Because we keep on discovering new impacts. Now we have a Sodom and Gomorrah impact. It was bad luck that a bolide (or one in two pieces) hit two cities at a time when there were so few cities… But now there are more cities, and we know that, in the Twentieth Century, there were two impacts on continents, one in Siberia: Tunguska; incontrovertible evidence; it flattened 830 square miles, 2150 square kilometers, of Siberian forest… and one in the Amazon (many witnesses, but no scientific expedition to document it, when Tunguska got three in the 1920s, and more since)… If one multiplies by three, considering the oceans, one gets say five Tunguska per century…  This estimate of mine is 15 times higher than the present, 2020 conventional academic one (one Tunguska every 300 years).

Here is what a witness of Tunguska saw: “Suddenly in the north sky… the sky was split in two, and high above the forest the whole northern part of the sky appeared covered with fire… At that moment there was a bang in the sky and a mighty crash… The crash was followed by a noise like stones falling from the sky, or of guns firing. The earth trembled.” The impact was followed by abnormal skies with high level clouds which enabled people to read at night, etc…

From Nature, September 20, 2021: “A Tunguska sized airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea“. Abstract:

We present evidence that in ~ 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, where a ~ 50-m-wide bolide detonated with ~ 1000× more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. A city-wide ~ 1.5-m-thick carbon-and-ash-rich destruction layer contains peak concentrations of shocked quartz (~ 5–10 GPa); melted pottery and mudbricks; diamond-like carbon; soot; Fe- and Si-rich spherules; CaCO3 spherules from melted plaster; and melted platinum, iridium, nickel, gold, silver, zircon, chromite, and quartz. Heating experiments indicate temperatures exceeded 2000 °C. Amid city-side devastation, the airburst demolished 12+ m of 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 (~ 4 wt.%) 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, after Abu Hureyra, Syria, and possibly the earliest site with an oral tradition that was written down (Genesis). Tunguska-scale airbursts can devastate entire cities/regions and thus, pose a severe modern-day hazard.

Following that an extremely long and detailed article, using many different scientific approaches, from 30 academic authors… Some Biblical scholars are upset… Apparently because divine mystery has become all too real… The city was more than 100 acres in area…


Sodom and Gomorrah were two biblical cities allegedly destroyed by God for their wickedness. It is the same general concept as in the Genesis flood narrative: God’s anger provoked by human sin, great mayhem ensues. Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned frequently in the prophets and the New Testament as symbols of human wickedness and divine retribution, and were subsequently adopted into the Quran.(Book of Genesis, chapter 19, verses 1-28)

the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land… 27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. 

Recent excavations have produced shocked quartz north east of the Dead Sea, as only impacting bolides can produce. In ~ 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, where a ~ 50-m-wide bolide detonated with ~ 1000 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. This means an explosion of at least 20 megatons of TNT.

As it is, the asteroid Bennu has 1/750 chance of impacting Earth in the next two centuries, in the latest, 2021 estimate. (Bennu was visited by NASA, and material from it is coming back.) An impact from Bennu around Washington would devastate the entire Eastern seaboard of the USA… And Bennu is small, 400 meters across…

It is estimated in 2020 that there are about 1,000 Earth-crossing asteroids larger than 1 km (0.6 mile). Asteroids in inner solar system planet-crossing orbits move with variable orbits before eventually colliding with a planet or being ejected from the solar system after grazing a planet. Any collision with one of those would destroy a continent. 

Asteroid 99942 Apophis will approach Earth so closely (31,000 kilometers) in 2029 that it will get under the orbit of the Earth’s geostationary satellites(36,000 kms). What happens if it collides with a geostationary satellite? It will move across the sky at 42 degrees an hour, roughly at 7 kilometers per second. Its impact would release 1,200 Megatons. Apophis is also very elongated, and may be made of two objects, and since it comes close to the Roche limit (at 18,000 kms), it could perhaps split in two (depending upon a number of imaginable factors)…

There are more mysteries out there. In the Sixth Century, besides the “Justinian” Plague, there was some mysterious catastrophe which impacted the climate severely, worldwide. Whether that was an impact or volcanism is up in the air

This all reminds us that we do not just conquer space because it is out there, or because it is the final frontier. It is also because dangers lurk out there… and down here. The probability that a comet comes out of nowhere and crashes into Earth exists. It happened to Jupiter a few years ago…..

But danger also exists down here, especially now that the Earth has become tiny relative to our increasing powers. We need to dilute our increasing human powers by extending the volume in which they are exerted, thus the human empire. It is not a choice, it is the best we can do, the best we must do, a mitigation.

Patrice Ayme

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One Response to “The Destruction From Heavens Of Sodom and Gomorrah Really Happened: Impacts No Laughing Matter”

  1. Joseph Farjoun Says:

    I love it! I don’t understand why the Biblical Scholars are upset….clearly god directed the asteroid to deal with the humans that lived there….it just gives a more vivid explanation what the horror that happened there…it shouldn’t change anyone’s beliefs about the existence of god one way or another…..what it can do it INCREASE the confidence we might have in the actual historical accuracy of the bible….that seems like a good thing for Biblical Scholars….


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