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  • 500 injured by blasts as meteor falls in Russia

    wow. It's like something about of a sci fi movie.

     

    500 injured by blasts as meteor falls in Russia

     

    A meteor that scientists estimate weighed 10 tons (11 tons) streaked at supersonic speed over Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday, setting off blasts that injured some 500 people and frightened countless more.

    The Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement that the meteor over the Chelyabinsk region entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above ground.

    The fall caused explosions that broke glass over a wide area. The Emergency Ministry says more than 500 people sought treatment after the blasts and that 34 of them were hospitalized.

    "There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people's houses to check if they were OK," said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region.

    "We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

    Another Chelyabinsk resident, Valya Kazakov, said some elderly women in his neighborhood started crying out that the world was ending.

    Some fragments fell in a reservoir outside the town of Cherbakul, the regional governor's office said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency. It was not immediately clear if any people were struck by fragments.

    The agency also cited military spokesman Yarslavl Roshupkin as saying that a six-meter-wide (20-foot-wide) crater was found in the same area which could be the result of fragments striking the ground.

    Meteors typically cause sizeable sonic booms when they enter the atmosphere because they are traveling much faster than the speed of sound. Injuries on the scale reported Friday, however, are extraordinarily rare.

    Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said that about 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed. There was no immediate clarification of whether the collapse was caused by meteorites or by a shock wave from one of the explosions.

    Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteor.

    Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

    Donald Yeomans, manager of U.S. Near Earth Object Program in California, said he thought the event was probably "an exploding fireball event."

    "If the reports of ground damage can be verified, it might suggest an object whose original size was several meters in extent before entering the atmosphere, fragmenting and exploding due to the unequal pressure on the leading side vs. the trailing side (it pancaked and exploded)," Yeoman said in an email to The Associated Press.

    "It is far too early to provide estimates of the energy released or provide a reliable estimate of the original size," Yeomans added.

    Russian news reports noted that the meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid -- about 17,150 miles (28,000 kilometers).

    But the European Space Agency, in a post on its Twitter account, said its experts had determined there was no connection.

    Small pieces of space debris


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    The agency also cited military spokesman Yarslavl Roshupkin as saying that a six-meter-wide (20-foot-wide) crater was found in the same area which could be the result of fragments striking the ground.


    A couple of years ago there was a series on the Science Channel about meteorite hunters in Australia's outback. Most of the fragments they found were no bigger than a dime. But collectors pay top dollar for them. Almost worth their weight in gold. A dime-sized meteorite could fetch several hundred dollars.

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    • RogueGnome
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      I guess teh Jesus is angry with Russia.


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    The videos floating around are pretty scary! The a couple seconds the video seems way brighter than the sun, and you can see the camera's apertures/exposures closing all the way down to compensate! I'm not surprised the more superstitious folk might've thought about the end of the world.

    There's another much larger asteroid that is currently drifting around the earth today, quite closely, 2012 DA14. I wonder if this smaller one that exploded might've broken off from it long ago and got sucked into the pull of the earth, while DA14 did not.
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    • Opposite Day
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      tape wrote:
      The videos floating around are pretty scary! The a couple seconds the video seems way brighter than the sun, and you can see the camera's apertures/exposures closing all the way down to compensate! I'm not surprised the more superstitious folk might've thought about the end of the world.

      There's another much larger asteroid that is currently drifting around the earth today, quite closely, 2012 DA14. I wonder if this smaller one that exploded might've broken off from it long ago and got sucked into the pull of the earth, while DA14 did not.

      Yeah, that is a pretty weird coincidence. AND I just watched a movie about a killer asteroid last night. Freaky! k

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      tape wrote:
      The videos floating around are pretty scary! The a couple seconds the video seems way brighter than the sun, and you can see the camera's apertures/exposures closing all the way down to compensate! I'm not surprised the more superstitious folk might've thought about the end of the world.

      There's another much larger asteroid that is currently drifting around the earth today, quite closely, 2012 DA14. I wonder if this smaller one that exploded might've broken off from it long ago and got sucked into the pull of the earth, while DA14 did not.

       

      asteroids tend to be in clusters so whlle it's doubtful that the one broke off the other, they most likely have been travling companions for eons. 


  • #4
    Precious.......LOL

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    • Kreatorkind
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      Weird... all day yesterday on the History2 channel, they were playing asteroid documentaries. 


  • #5

    Will we hear an apology from those who laugh at others with: the sky is falling?

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    • #6

      Swarms of locusts are next. 

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      • #7

        global warming

        Happiness is a warm gut pile!!!

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        • .:Ed Phobes:.
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          Hoddy wrote:

          global warming


          Gun grab


      • #8

        Meh...

         

        It's just a sheen....

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