This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
The biblical account of the city of Sodom is not as well known as some other accounts and certainly provides evidence for the belief that the Bible documents violence in that day.
It's when the city was "destroyed by fire from heaven" during the time of Abraham.
Located in the plain of Jordan, it was destroyed for "the sin of sodomy," an online report confirms.
It was that city that, condemned for destruction by God, would be spared, God promised Abraham that 10 righteous people could be found. However, the fiery bombardment ended life there.
Now a report from Relevant Magazine reveals that experts have found "compelling evidence" that Sodom was destroyed by an "atomic bomb."
It is John Bergsma, a professor of theology at Franciscan University in Ohio, that said evidence now links the ruins of Tall el-Hammam in the Jordan Valley to the story of Sodom's destruction.
The event "may have been caused by an asteroid impact," the report explains.
Tall el-Hammam reportedly was a thriving city 3,600 years ago that suddenly vanished.
Scientists have found no signs of a military siege, leaving the door open for the answer to be a "cataclysmic event," the report said.
"One of the key revelations that piqued Bergsma’s interest was the discovery of extreme heating on skeletal remains and pottery fragments at the site. This heat damage could potentially be attributed to an asteroid impact, similar to what is described in Genesis 19 when God 'rained down burning sulfur' on Sodom and Gomorrah, completely annihilating them," Relevant reported.
Further, Bergsma said pottery found at the site was covered with Trinitite, that "glass layer that you get when you set off an atomic bomb in the desert and it melts the sand."
There's more, Bergsma said. "Human skeletons are complete up until about halfway up the backbone, and then there’s just a scorch mark, and there’s nothing on the top of the body. They found massive evidence that a huge heat blast from the sky…"
The report also explained that the principal archaeologist at Tall el-Hammam, Steven Collins, compared the damage to the Tunguska Event of 1908, where an asteroid explosion over Siberia left destruction, only he suggested the Tall el-Hammam event might have had more explosive power than the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
The Tunguska event, NASA has reported, happened when an asteroid hit the earth's atmosphere and exploded, triggering a fireball, forest fires, and trees blown over for miles.
Because of the remoteness of the location, scientists didn't arrive there until 1927, when they still found evidence of the shock wave and heat blast.
A report from CBN noted that the Smithsonian Magazine confirmed pottery was melted on the outside, but untouched on the inside.
CBN noted, "Genesis 19:27-28 describes the aftermath in the valley. 'Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.'"