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A METEOR IMPACT OR EARTH SLUMP?

November 22, 1996. The Honduras-Guate mala border. About 10:10 PM, the residents of this area observed a red-andyellow fireball moving east-to-west. The bolide's passing was marked by a loud detonation. From this information, one would bet heavily that this was simply a routine meteor detonation caused by the heat generated during entry into the atmosphere.

The next morning, however, people discovered a landslide covering several acres on the slopes of Cerro Negro, a mountain 14 kilometers from San Luis. Did the meteor slam into the mountain overnight? So far, investigators have not been able to decide whether the landslide is just gravity-slumping on the slope or a disturbance created by the night's meteor. One observer believes he can see traces of a crater some 50 meters wide. Experts from the U.S. and Canada plan to examine the site in detail.

(Anonymous; "A Hit in Honduras?" Sky and Telescope, 93:12, March 1997.)

From Science Frontiers #110, MAR-APR 1997. 1997-2000 William R. Corliss