Peru Meteorite Causes Illness

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

A meteorite that crashed in southern Peru this weekend now appears to be making some people sick.

One health official in Peru says 200 people have suffered headaches, nausea and respiratory problems from "toxic" fumes from a crater 66 feet wide and 16 feet deep. The supposed "crater fumes" have some people skeptical about what else is out there.

But one meteor expert says, "The meteor would not be the cause, rather the dust it made on impact."

Authorities have sent a team of eight doctors to treat the sick and investigate. Three geologists in the region are expected to present a report on the incident on Thursday.


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