Kardla Meteor Crater

Kardla Meteor Crater, Palukula: Address, Phone Number, Kardla Meteor Crater Reviews: 3/5

Kardla Meteor Crater
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It happened about 455 million years ago that a meteor with a diameter of about half a kilometre started moving towards the earth with the speed 30-40 km/s. The meteor went through a 100-meters thick layer of water in less that 0.1 seconds and a 140-meters thick layer of sedimentary rock and exploded with a force equal to 25,000 explosions of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The diameter of the crater is 4 km and it is one of the most remarkable ones in the world. The ring wall of the crater can be seen well from Palukula and Tubala. In Palukula there is a crater viewing tower. Near the viewing tower you can find a small limestone quarry which reveals the layer of limestone with its cracks.
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5 reviews
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Gabriel Y
109 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
I went there to find a crater. I found a sign describing the crater and a circular ring of dirt and debris. Certainly not the 4km diameter the crater is described to have. I went to a Palaküla kirik and found another sign that describes the crater. I think it would be hard for a normal person to find or circumnavigate the crater.

The road​ to go to it is Paemurru Rd off of the main highway to Klärda. Drive about 300-500m and you can see the information sign as pictured. I have also included the snapshot of the info sign for the kirik.
Written 17 July 2017
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Europe113 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
Well now. I'd love to have seen the Kardla Crater, it's really my kind of thing. We checked it out online, took a note of the map position and set out along the road from Kardla towards the airport, keeping an eye out for the signs. 15km later we turned back, figuring we must have missed it. Still no sign of any signs. We tried a few possible turn-offs, which resulted in some pretty hairy cross-country driving, but still no luck. We ended up back in the supermarket in Kardla, where we asked directions. (Bear in mind that I was travelling with two Estonians, both of whom have spent a lot of time on Hiiumaa.) The nice lady in Selver told us that we'd tried every turn-off except the right one, but that the aforementioned sign was a little way down the side road. Back we went, took the turn-off she suggested, and drove right past the sign - not hard to do, since it's buried in the undergrowth and almost invisible from the road. The sign had a satellite map, which was marked with 14 or so numbers, which would have been really useful had there been any explanation of what the numbers were or how to get to them. We drove around a bit more, but we still couldn't find the viewing platform I'd seen mentioned online. We then drove back towards the airport, in fact all the way to the airport, but by now even I had had enough and so we went home. I figured I must have misremembered what I'd seen online, so when we got home I checked it again, but no, we'd been exactly where the website said we should have been. I'd still love to see the Kardla Crater but I'm afraid I've run out of ideas on how to find it - if anyone has any more luck I'd love to hear about it!
Written 15 July 2014
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