SIBERIA, Russia - A news report and video showing a gigantic hole in a remote region of Siberia has the Internet guessing it's everything from an underground alien base to an underground gas explosion.
The report, from Siberian Times, said the 87-yard-wide hole was discovered by helicopters about 18 miles from the region's biggest natural gas field in Yamal. The report said the hole is believed to have opened on Sunday.
A scientific team has been sent to investigate the mysterious hole. They plan to take samples of soil, air and water from the scene.
Still photos from the video taken from a helicopter show what looks like ejected material around the rim of the hole, with water or dirt flowing down the side of the hole in streams. A close-up photo appears to show material inside the hole.
Until the scientific term gets to the site, the cause of the anomaly won't be known for sure.
The Yamal Peninsula is a strategic oil and gas bearing region of Russia.