A team of leading scientists were sent from Moscow to examine the mysterious Siberian phenomenon. The meteorite split in two shortly before hitting a frozen river last month. Experts say that one part of the cosmic rock smashed through more than 4 ft of snow and 3ft of solid ice into the Podkamennaya Tunguska River.
Scientists from Moscow’s Vernadsky Institute say they have located the ice hole where the space object fell and an attempt will be made soon to retrieve the rock from the river bed.
They are working with the Finnish Meteorological Institute on the project.
Spectacular new footage from NGS.ru shows the ‘small meteorite’ flashing across there sky in Evenkia district of Krasnoyarsk region moments before it crashed.
It was described as a “glowing ball” that turned the evening ‘bright and warm’ close to the site of the world’s largest ‘meteor explosion’ which had the force of 185 Hiroshima bombs.
Footage showed the dazzling flash changing colour from green to yellow to orange.
The head of administration in the village of Uchami, with a population of 96 and close to the site, felt the ground move, reported The Siberian Times.
“I was home when I heard loud thunder which sounded like an explosion. There was a huge glow, the floor trembled and dry branches fell of a birch tree in the yard,” said Natalia Moskvitina.
“I panicked and called my brother who lives some 300 metres away.
“He said he wondered if this was a plane crash.”
One witness claimed the edge was taken off the minus 20C cold by the eerie phenomenon.
“The night got bright and warm, as if a giant light bulb was switched on in the sky’, said witness Pyotr Bondarev from Tura village.
Bondarev said: “It was about 7.30 pm, it was dark.
“I was outside having a walk with my wife and children, when the sky flashed green and yellow.
‘Many people saw it and got very excited.”
Locals claimed it was a “second Tunguska”.
The crash site is several hundred miles from the monumental Tunguska Event 111 years ago.
More than 770 square miles of forest was wiped out after a fireball – believed to be some 330 ft wide – tore through the atmosphere and exploded, according to scientists.
An estimated 80 million trees were destroyed, and there were thousands of charred reindeer carcasses.
It is believed to have exploded three to seven miles above the earth’s surface yet despite the carnage there was no impact crater.
There were no reports of casualties in the sparsely populated area despite an explosion with the force of 185 Hiroshima bombs.
However, some experts have disputed the cause of 1908 Tunguska explosion.