Have you guys seen this yet or heard about it?
Meteor Hits Russia.
There have been claims saying that 500 people were killed and then there are those others who say 5 were killed or seriously injured.
Up to 1000 people were injured, mostly by glass blown out by the sonic wave it created. It was officially the biggest meteorite hit in modern times. It landed in the area where Russia produces nuclear weapons. Many people thought it was the end of the world - whether by a nuclear accident or an act of war.
It deserved to be at the top all news stories worldwide, and wasn't because (at least here in the UK) some para-olympian medallist murdered his girlfriend at approximately the same time.
It's really an amazing story, and it was the top news story on U.S. news channels for only a few minutes Friday morning before other news bumped it.
I've been following it really closely, due to my interest in astronomy. I realized we'd just had a rare air burst meteor when I saw those videos and heard about the broken glass, because I've studied Tunguska (the 1908 Siberia meteor) which apparently exploded before impact and didn't leave a crater, just a huuuuuge area of blown down trees. Thankfully this meteorite was three times smaller, or we would've seen a lot of deaths.
I haven't seen any confirmed deaths on Russia Today, so I think we're just dealing with lots of injuries and some structural damage. Which, honestly, is very fortunate. Scientists have long feared the first wake-up call would be worse.
I'm working on a hub about the Russian meteor and the asteroid that buzzed us Friday morning. Unfortunately, with pending status, it won't be ready for a few days, but this is mostly so I can make sense of what happened while it's still fresh in my mind.
I wish my grandmother were still alive. She was a planetarium director, and she taught me about bolides when we saw one while I was on a camping trip --- MUCH smaller than this, of course, but enough to have a fireball and a contrail. So I confess that while part of me is thinking, "Oh my gosh, that's terrible, thousands of people cut up and traumatized, thousands more freezing with their windows blown out!" the other part of me is thinking, "It really happened! A mini-Tunguska in my own lifetime! SO FREAKING COOL."
Let us hope this is not the start of a flock of them...
Wow just watched that video, that footage is very impressive, im certainly glad to hear there were no significant injury's though,
Not than im a doomsayer or anything, but watching footage like that really makes you wonder what it will look like when the mathematical eventuality of a small cluster of meteorites one day falls on the planet earth...
Let us hope that by then we have managed to progress into outer space so the civilization isn't destroyed
It made a loud sonic boom. Here is a video from youtube of that:
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