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Meteorite Hits Chelyabinsk Russia, Injuring More Than 500 People
Meteorite Blazing Across the Sky
Last Known Meteorite
In 1908, a meteorite hit Siberia, shattering windows for a 125 mile radius from the impact site, with a damage area of 1,250 square miles.
Breaking News of Meteorite
More than 500 people in Russia were injured when a meteorite slammed into Central Russia on Friday February 15, 2013. No fatalities have been reported, but many Russians were in shock…literally.
This meteor blazed across the sky at 19 miles per second, with a white tail of smoke. It could be seen as far away as Yekaterinburg, Russia. The meteor struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, and sounded to many like an explosion, rocking the city with a massive shockwave caused by the impacting sonic boom. Car alarms resounded throughout the city, breaking most windows. Fortunately, the Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant did not sustain major damage, despite a wall being damaged.
Residents of Chelyabinsk were cautioned to stay inside after the meteorite collision. Only go outside on an emergency basis.
Witnesses claim that the meteorite flashed across the sky with a bright light, like being "blinded by headlights," before experiencing the following shockwave.
Sonic Boom Footage
The Meteor's Origin
Scientists believe the meteor originated from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The composition of the meteor has been concluded to be chondrite space rock. More than a hundred samples of the meteorite were collected after the incident.
Some samples of the meteorite collected have even been listed online for prices up to $16,000.00. Tours have also been set up in Russia around the impact area.
NASA Photo of Meteor Crater in U.S.
Meteor Crater Aerial View
Crater Site in Arizona
According to Wikipedia, there is a meteor impact site 43 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona. Scientists call the site, "Barringer Crater." The land on which the crater is located is owned by the Barringer family. They claim that the site is the "best preserved meteorite crater on Earth.
Rare Discovery of Meteorite Minerals by Eugene M. Shoemaker
Wikipedia says: "It was not until 1960 that later research by Eugene Merle Shoemaker would confirm Barringer's hypothesis. The key discovery was the presence in the crater of the minerals coesite and stishovite, rare forms of silica found only where quartz-bearing rocks have been severely shocked by an instantaneous overpressure. It cannot be created by volcanic action; the only known mechanism of creating it is through an impact event (or artificially through a nuclear explosion).
Shoemaker's discovery is considered the first definitive proof of an extraterrestrial impact on the Earth's surface. Since then, numerous impact craters have been identified around the world, though Meteor Crater remains one of the most visually impressive owing to its size, young age, and lack of vegetative cover."