I was so happy when I came across this article – finally, the mystery has been solved!
The mystery of why the experienced skiers died in the strange circumstances has been unexplained for over five decades. Donnie Eichar, an American author who has investigating the incident for five years, has suggested an intriguing phenomenon called a Karmen vortex street caused the deaths.The tents were discovered ripped open from the inside
Named after Theodore von Karman, a Hungarian physicist, the phenomenon is the result of an unusual wind pattern which causes uneasiness, terror and illness in humans by producing infrasound.
Infrasound, a low-frequency sound, is below the limit for human hearing. Vladimir Gavreau, a Russian-born French scientist, pioneered the research into the tiny air vibrations in the 1960s. When his laboratory assistants began to complain of ear ache and sickness, Gavreau deduced microscopic air waves were being projected from a faulty fan. The feeling, while the noise itself cannot be heard, caused panic, fear, confusion and sickness.
In 2003, researchers in the UK held an experiment which exposed 700 people to music laced with the infrasound waves. Around one quarter of those tested reported anxiety, sorrow, uneasiness and pressure on the chest. These effects, according to Karman, are what caused the Russian students to run into the freezing cold to their deaths.
According to Karman, the strong winds in the Ural mountains could have instigated this strange occurrence. When a wind flow is disrupted, the moving air can create a vortex which travels away from the source in a fan shape. In high winds, the vortices can cause tornadoes which produce infrasound.
The tent, found down wind from the peak of the mountain, was in the prime position to feel the effects of the minute air waves. Causing uneasiness and fear, along with shortness of breath and dread, Karman asserts the hikers fled their tents without realising the consequences.
Various theories, including radiation poisoning, surround the mystery. The final verdict stated the students died of a “compelling natural force”, which might mean an avalanche killed the skiers, yet there is a lack of evidence to support this.
According to a 12-year-old Yury Kuntsevich who attended the funerals, however, the bodies had a “deep brown tan”. It was also found that the clothes of a few victims contained high doses of radioactive contamination.
Other reports included a military cover up, as large amounts of scrap metal in the area lead to speculation that the military had previously used the area. The Baikonur Cosmodrome, where R-7 rockets were tested, and the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, a major nuclear testing ground for the Soviet Union, both lie in the vacinity of the group’s last known camp.