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Giant crater in Russia's far north sparks mystery

Published on Jul 26, 2014 3:04 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - A vast crater discovered in a remote region of Siberia known to locals as "the end of the world" is causing a sensation in Russia, with a group of scientists being sent to investigate.

The giant hole in the remote energy-rich Yamalo-Nenetsky region first came to light in a video uploaded to YouTube that has since been viewed more than seven million times.

"The crater is enormous in size - you could fly down into it in several Mi-8s (helicopters) without being afraid of hitting anything," the person who posted the video, named only as Bulka, wrote.

The crater is located in the permafrost around 30km from a huge gas field north of the regional capital of Salekhard, roughly 2,000km northeast of Moscow.

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