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Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science 110

swellconvivialguy writes "Fifty-five years ago, nine young Russians died under suspicious circumstances during a winter hiking trip in the Ural mountains. Despite an exhaustive investigation and the recovery of the group's journals and photographs, the deaths remained unexplained, blamed on 'an unknown compelling force.' Now American film and television producer Donnie Eichar believes he has solved the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Working in conjunction with scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, CO, Eichar developed a theory that the hikers died because they panicked in the face of infrasound produced by a Kármán vortex street."
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Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

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  • by rueger ( 210566 ) on Saturday February 01, 2014 @06:16PM (#46130401) Homepage
    Highly recommenced a pretty cool movie based on the same story: Devil's Pass. [] Netflix has it, plus the other usual places. []
  • by icebike ( 68054 ) on Saturday February 01, 2014 @06:17PM (#46130409)

    If you hear it, You just run.
    Cross hill.

    Maybe there is no real avalanche, but at night, are you going to wait around to see?

  • by reve_etrange ( 2377702 ) on Saturday February 01, 2014 @06:38PM (#46130505)

    The infrasound speculation is interesting, but IMHO the known facts appear to support a low-yield nuclear bomb test.

    In that hypothesis, which you can read about in the speculative wiki [] and talk [] pages, a test of a low-yield warhead launched from Baikonur triggered a small avalanche which induced the hikers to flee and gave some of them pressure injuries.

    I recommend you read the Wikipedia pages and judge for yourself. If nothing else, the incident is truly bizarre and the facts and speculation surrounding it make for fascinating reading. The pressure injuries are just the beginning of the strange nature in which these nine people died.

  • by Jonah Hex ( 651948 ) <> on Saturday February 01, 2014 @06:55PM (#46130597) Homepage Journal
    Well now I know why it's not used for effects in movies, I always thought it was just because speakers to produce infrasound would be too large and expensive for anything except theme parks. I suppose even a horror theme park wouldn't want to cause actual illness. I wonder how close to causing unease and discomfort lower frequencies that modern theaters can play over their sound systems comes to causing these types of effects. *runs off to layer a 20-30hz waveform over a youtube video of kittens* - HEX
  • by minstrelmike ( 1602771 ) on Saturday February 01, 2014 @08:32PM (#46131115)
    I find the idea of infrasonics plausible. Certain tribes worship mountaintops for their sounds.
    I wonder how long the place has been called Dead Mountain. If it's an indigenous name, then I'd suspect some kind of natural forces (such as a vortex) at work.
  • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Saturday February 01, 2014 @11:12PM (#46131757) Homepage Journal

    "Paradoxial undressing doesn't explain why someone would be wearing SOMEONE ELSE's clothes for example."

    Sure it does. Let's say that I'm freezing, and as a result, I'm losing any semblance of rational thought. I throw away one or more articles of clothing. You may or may not be close enough to see me throw it away, but you do find that article of clothing. You're also colder than hell, but you have retained the ability to think rationally. Do you pick up the abandoned clothing, or walk past it? I suspect that you will pick it up, and put it on. Reverse our positions, and I know damned well that I'll pick up YOUR shirt, or whatever you have abandoned.

    The avalanche is perfectly reasonable. Remember, the party got kinda lost in the bad weather, and when they realized where they were, they set up what might be called an emergency camp site. They were resting up after a strenuous day, and making plans for the next day. An avalanche need not be extremely massive. A few mere tons of snow breaking loose at a higher elevation, and sliding down to an area with little snow on the ground is hardly noteworthy. There is no reason to assume that an avalanche must contain thousands of tons of snow, or rock for that matter. Enough snow to knock over a half dozen people, and to stun them, won't necessarily bury the tent - they were likely lying down, resting.

    Tanning - I don't have any explanation for. That's kind of left field for me.

    Even more confusing, is why the entire group abandoned the camp site. I can understand that one or more of the party took a bump to the head. But, it's not reasonable to believe that ALL of them were knocked almost senseless. If I were awakened in the middle of the night to find myself half buried in snow, I think that I would take the time to grab my boots, and a coat. Certainly my boots. I know that much from experience with being awakened from a sound sleep to deal with an emergency. Of course, to be fair - the tent has been flattened, and the boots may be difficult to locate - fear may move me out of the tent before I locate my boots.

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.