Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits Peruvian village - Yahoo! News

LIMA (AFP) - Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said Monday.

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a "strange odor," local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.

Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said.

Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 100-foot-wide (30-meter-wide) and 20-foot-deep (six-meter-deep) crater, said local official Marco Limache.

"Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby. Residents are very concerned," he said.

Good thing this occurred in a remote village, it's morally easier to nuke from orbit than Main Street USA, when the villagers turn into Flesh Eating Ghouls or Body Snatchers.

Get well soon.


I might be wrong but in the movie, The Andromeda Strain, I thought the scientists realized that nuking the ET virus would only make it stronger. So I would hold off on the nuking.

BTW, I subscribe to your blog via Bloglines. When I click on an indvidual post, I can't access the comment feature. When I want to comment, I have to access the entire blog with its latest listings. I don't know if this makes a difference to you, but it might affect the number of comments coming your way.


PS: Remember: flesh eating ghouls are people, too. We shouldn't criticize such unfortunate souls for their uncommon and sloppy eating habits.
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