Meteor destroyed ancient city, likely inspired Bible tale of Sodom, study finds

Fire, brimstone and rain of salt that left barren earth: Scientists describe ‘civilization-ending catastrophe’ that wiped out Tall el-Hammam near Dead Sea some 3,600 years ago

By TOI staff Today,

„An ancient civilization in the Dead Sea area was wiped out by an apparent “airburst” meteor explosion with the force of a nuclear weapon that destroyed cities and salted the earth some 3,600 years ago, leaving it uninhabitable for centuries, scientists said in a study published this week, and postulated it could have inspired the biblical account of the destruction of Sodom.

The findings from the years-long study by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists at Jordan’s Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project were published on Monday in Nature Scientific Reports, an online peer-reviewed journal.“ (…)

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