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What Killed 9 Hikers in 1959?: Two theories for an unsolved Soviet mystery

What Killed 9 Hikers in 1959

In February 1959, a group of hikers disappeared in the remote Ural Mountains of western Siberia. A search party found the hiker's tents weeks later, abandoned along with all his gear. Frozen bodies were found 1,500 meters away, mysteriously ill-dressed for the weather conditions

Most were not wearing shoes or gloves, and some were only wearing nightwear. Even stranger, three of the hikers had suffered major internal trauma - broken ribs and a fractured skull - and two were wearing radioactive-contaminated clothing.

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However, the leading Soviet investigator closed the criminal case on the deaths of the hikers and concluded that an "overwhelming force" was what drove them out of the tent. Theories ranging from rare weather events to conspiracy to UFOs have since been developed to explain what is now called the Dyatlov Pass incident. But two plausible theories, each involving "overwhelming force," may finally explain what happened that night.

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It could have been a delayed slab avalanche. Hikers dug a platform on the slope of Kholat Syakhl to set up the tent, and a scientific model published in January 2021 shows that this, combined with strong downhill winds that accumulated snow on the tent, triggered a deadly avalanche of slabs. This type of avalanche can occur even in places not known for avalanches and can cause injuries consistent with those suffered by some of the hikers.

It could also have been a strong "katabatic wind", a powerful wind that travels down the side of a mountain, gathering speed under the force of gravity. In this scenario, a strong wind can reach hurricane level very suddenly. 

If this happened the night of the incident, it could explain why the hikers would have left their tent so quickly, as the strong wind could tear the tent apart. The mysterious internal injuries some sustained are explained by a snow cave that hikers dug for shelter by collapsing on top of them.

Both theories offer potential solutions for what led the hikers to suddenly leave their tent and why some were so seriously injured. Ultimately, though, since there were no survivors, many of the questions surrounding the case will likely never be answered.

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