Meteorite or satellite? While remote opinions differ as to what exactly fell to earth Saturday night in Peru bringing illness with it, the locals are positive it was one sick rock.
Did something wicked this way come?
In a scenario reminiscent of The Andromeda Strain, hundreds of people in in a remote area of Peru were treated for a variety of illnesses after an object from space - said to be a meteorite - plummeted to Earth , officials say.
The object left a deep crater after crashing down over the weekend near the town of Carancas in the Andes.
People who visited the scene have been complaining of headaches, vomiting and nausea after inhaling gases
In 1969,Michael Crichton published The Andromeda Strain(later a movie) , a sci-fi thriller whose plot concerns a team of scientists investigating a deadly disease of extraterrestrial origin brought back to Earth by a military satellite. it gets better when the team investigating the small town where everyone is dead finds some of them died in bizarre ways.
Now it appears the good folk of the Russian Interior Ministry have also seen the Andromeda Strain.
According to Pravda (yes, it's still around), Russian Military Intelligence Analysts are reporting one of the United States most secretive spy satellites, the KH-13, targeting Iran was 'destroyed in its orbit, but the main radioactive power generator survived re-entry and crashed in a remote region of Peru, and where hundreds are reported to be ill from radiation poisoning
A team of Peruvian scientists is on its way to the site to collect samples and verify exactly what it was that fell to Earth. Meanwhile, people are forbidden to go to near the crash site.
Experts say it's unlikely the meteor would make anybody sick, but didn't rule out a chemical reaction caused by its contact with the ground which could release toxins such as sulphur and arsenic.
The Peruvian Nuclear Energy Institute told AFP news agency that no radiation had been detected from the crater, ruling out the possibility the fallen object might be a satellite.
The mayor of the affected town of Carancas reports many people with headaches, eye problems, irritated skin, nausea and vomiting, He also noted that the the small, closely knit population is suffering from psychological fear, especially since a number of their animals had also become sick.
Now people were worried that the water was no longer safe to drink.
Locals remain adamant that their recent troubles all stem from the meteor's arrival on Saturday night and that from the moment of impact, the crater was spewing nasty-smelling gases.