Since researching and writing the posts on the Dyatlov Pass incident I haven’t been able to put the incident out of my mind for long.
Recently I’ve been mulling over a new theory I’ve had. However, I’ve been unable to satisfactory explain everything that happened on that fateful night, more specifically the tent…
Theory: meteor/ meteors.
Group is in/ around tent. Someone sees a meteor/ they hear a bang, tent is evacuated for unknown reason. Camera snaps photo using a filter designed for shooting under bright conditions.
Meteors are bright. The one that hit Chelyabinsk in 2013 was, at its brightest, 30 times brighter than the sun.
It actually caused severe burns to people’s skins and retinas, which also fits with the Dyatlov incident, as the bodies were very tanned.
Does the last photo taken by the Dyatlov group picture a rushed attempt at photographing a crashing meteor?
Suppose this is what the last photo is. A meteor crashing a ways from the group.
Suppose that the reason the group hastily cut their way out of the tent was that one or several group members outside feared the meteor would hit the tent and yelled for everybody to get outside fast. Something may have been blocking the regular exit, possibly the stove they had brought along, leaving the group with no other option but to slash their way out, as time was of the essence.
Suppose after the first meteor hit, the group sees another incoming bolide. They take off running, but get separated into two groups. One of the groups is unlucky enough to be close to the meteor as it explodes.
The injuries of the last four found, Dubinina, Zolotarev, Thibeaux- Brignolle and Kolevatov, were so severe, so violent that the coroner performing the autopsy claimed that their injuries could not have been caused by a fall. The force with which they were hit could be compared to being hit by a speeding car.
I also found a loooooong wonderful article written in Portuguese, which I don’t speak, but with a little “help” from google translate I was able to find another statement from said coroner:
The injuries the last four bodies found had suffered were consistent with those caused by the blast wave of an explosion.
Suppose now that those of the group not hit by the explosion (Dyatlov, Kolmogorova, Doroshenko, Krivonishenko and Slobodin) find the others who are critically injured. They start trying to help them. They give the injured most of the clothes, they try to find branches and things to place under them to keep them away from the direct snow/ running water of the creek in the ravine where the bodies were later found. They try to make fires to keep both themselves and the injured warm, but ultimately succumbing to the cold and dying of hypothermia.
This whole scenario could actually make sense had it not been for one thing…
I could possibly see how everyone left the tent in a hurry because of the danger of the incoming meteor, but I can’t explain why they didn’t return there afterwards to retrieve their warm clothes and other essential items.
Perhaps they were. Maybe that is where Dyatlov, Kolmogorova and Slobodin were headed when they died.
But why wait so long?
Well, maybe treating and helping the injured took so long, maybe that work was so intense there was no time to go. Maybe by the time they had set the injured up as best they could the two Yuris (Doroshenko and Krivonishenko) were exhausted and collapsed by the cedar tree, while the other three tried desperately to reach the tent.
Another strangeness mentioned in the Portuguese post was that the clothes of the victims had a strange, vague violet hue/ glow about them.
To very little avail I have googled potential radiation, ionized air, ozone, anything that could explain this hue.
Who knows, maybe it was phosphorus dust carried by the possible meteor? Some meteors do contain phosphorus but it doesn’t exist as a free element on Earth.
I also tried to find any meteor strikes in the region at that time without any luck. Of course there were periodical meteor rains back then as there are today, but no information of anything big hitting the Urals.
Though, if a meteor hits a desolate place like that, who would report it?
There were plenty of observations around this time, and also during the search and rescue operation, of strange glowing orbs or rings of fire in the sky. Could these have been pieces of an asteroid, a comet etc. raining through the atmosphere?
There were also reports from a person in the search and rescue team that the tops of the trees in the area seemed burned.
To date this theory is the best theory I can come up with. It would explain a lot and it doesn’t leave too many questions unanswered.
Many things actually point to a meteor being a possibility:
the hurried escape from the tent, the running, the severe injuries of four members of the group, the mysterious lights being seen, the last photo taken by the group, the burned tree tops, the phosphorescent (or whatever it was) glow on the clothes.
There is nothing obvious that I can think of which would invalidate this theory.
Unfortunately we will probably never get a definitive answer as to what happened in the Urals in February of 1959.
I do however enjoy reading the theories that many have posted on The Dyatlov Pass Incident, part 2.
Keep them coming!
By the way, this is my 100th post on this blog 🙂