Primary Canon History
Before Modern Times
This event was referenced by Ray Stantz to try to explain the significance of Louis Tully's ordeal. Gozer's entry in our world was, according to Ray, "The biggest interdimensional cross rip since the Tunguska Blast of 1909."
In summer 2021, the former selenium mine was explored by Phoebe Spengler, Trevor Spengler, Lucky Domingo, and Podcast. They discovered the inscriptions. Trevor asked what happened in 1908. Podcast guessed it was probably in reference to the Tunguska Blast of 1908 in Siberia.
Secondary Canon History
The Tunguska Blast of 1909 happened as a result of a meeting between John Horace Tobin and Vladimir Belascu in the Tunguska region. Something went terribly wrong and Tobin didn't like talking about it much.
Ghostbusters (1984) Trivia
- Historically, a Tunguska event, actually happened one year earlier, in 1908.
- It is possible Ray was referring to this, and simply got the date wrong in his excitement or some events in the Ghostbusters universe happened differently than in actual history. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the year was changed or corrected to 1908.
- Numerous theories about the real-life event abound, including a few paranormal theories involving a UFO crash. The most widely accepted theories behind the blast involve a stellar object such as a comet impacting the atmosphere and provoking a natural hydrogen bomb effect.
- In the August 5, 1983 draft of the first movie, on page 41, Ray Stantz tells Winston Zeddemore the data collected is pointing to the possibility of a massive dimensional rip like the Manse Turbulence or four fold crossover like the Tunguska blast.
- In the August 5, 1983 draft, on page 68-69, Egon Spengler thinks they're on the verge of something of the order of the Tunguska blast. Ray explains to Winston it was the "unexplained flattening and disintegration of ten thousand acres in Siberia" to which Winston muses sounds like the Russians detonated a hydrogen bomb. Ray adds it happened in 1909.
IDW Comics Trivia
- On page six of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #11, the blue Post-It Note on Luko's depiction in the Principia Mathematica references the Tunguska Blast of 1909.
- On page 22 panel 3 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Issue #2, there is a non-canon reference to Tunguska in Ray Stantz's locker.
- On Cover B of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #2, there is a reference to the Tunguska Blast under the Stay Puft Marshmallows bag in the upper right corner.
Primary Canon Appearances
- Chapter 28: Crossing Streams
- Mentioned by Ray Stantz.
- Chapter 28: Crossing Streams
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Secondary Canon Appearances
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 41). Ray Stantz says: "About us being on the verge of a rip...massive rip like the Manse Turbulence or the Tunguska Blast... you know, a four-fold crossover.""
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 68). Egon Spengler says: "I'm not sure yet but we could see something on the order of the Tunguska Blast.""
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 69). Ray Stantz says: "The unexplained flattening and disintegration of ten thousand acres in Siberia.""
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 69). Winston Zeddemore says: "Sounds like the Russians detonated a hydrogen bomb.""
- Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1983). Ghostbusters (First Draft August 5, 1983) (Script p. 69). Ray Stantz says: "It happened in 1909.""
- Podcast (2022). Ghostbusters: Afterlife Chapter 13 (2021) (Blu-Ray ts. 01:21:20-01:21:23). Sony Pictures. Podcast says: "Probably the Tunguska blast over Siberia."