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Meteorite explodes over Russia
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:07:45 am »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/15/hundreds-injured-meteorite-russian-city-chelyabinsk

http://news.yahoo.com/possible-meteor-shower-reported-eastern-russia-052833588.html

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CHELYABINSK, Russia (Reuters) - More than 500 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, sending fireballs crashing to Earth, shattering windows and damaging buildings.

People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow.

A fireball blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail in its wake which could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away in Yekaterinburg. Car alarms went off, windows shattered and mobile phone networks were interrupted.

"I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day," said Viktor Prokofiev, 36, a resident of Yekaterinburg in the Urals Mountains.

"I felt like I was blinded by headlights," he said.

No fatalities were reported but President Vladimir Putin, who was due to host Finance Ministry officials from the Group of 20 nations in Moscow, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were informed.

A local ministry official said such incidents were extremely rare and Friday's events might have been linked to an asteroid the size of an Olympic swimming pool due to pass Earth at a distance of 27,520 km (17,100 miles) but this was not confirmed.

Russia's space agency Roscosmos said the meteorite was travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second and that such events were hard to predict. The Interior Ministry said the meteorite explosion had caused a sonic boom.

Russia's Emergencies Ministry said 514 people had sought medical help, mainly for light injuries caused by flying glass, and that 112 of those were kept in hospital. Search groups were set up to look for the remains of the meteorite.

"There have never been any cases of meteorites breaking up at such a low level over Russia before," said Yuri Burenko, head of the Chelyabinsk branch of the Emergencies Ministry.

WINDOWS BREAK, FRAMES BUCKLE

Windows were shattered on Chelyabinsk's central Lenin Street and some of the frames of shop fronts buckled.

A loud noise, resembling an explosion, rang out at around 9.20 a.m. (12:20 a.m. ET). The shockwave could be felt in apartment buildings in the industrial city's center.

"I was standing at a bus stop, seeing off my girlfriend," said Andrei, a local resident who did not give his second name. "Then there was a flash and I saw a trail of smoke across the sky and felt a shockwave that smashed windows."

A wall was damaged at the Chelyabinsk Zinc Plant but a spokeswoman said there was no environmental threat.

Although such events are rare, a meteorite is thought to have devastated an area of more than 2,000 sq km (1,250 miles) in Siberia in 1908, smashing windows as far as 200 km (125 miles) from the point of impact.

The Emergencies Ministry described Friday's events as a "meteor shower in the form of fireballs" and said background radiation levels were normal. It urged residents not to panic.

Chelyabinsk city authorities urged people to stay indoors unless they needed to pick up their children from schools and kindergartens. They said what sounded like a blast had been heard at an altitude of 10,000 meters (32,800 feet).

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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 01:50:54 pm »
Yeah, saw this this morning on yahoo... and now I'm watching the skies a little more carefully today...

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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 02:26:09 pm »
I can't imagine how terrifying that would be, to be honest. Nobody wakes up in the morning thinking that's going to happen, and suddenly, BOOM, the sky is exploding.
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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 02:46:20 pm »
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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 03:55:58 pm »
Didn't a meteor much worse than that explode over Russia before?  Only that one was over forestland that was very sparsely inhabited.

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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 03:57:49 pm »
Didn't a meteor much worse than that explode over Russia before?  Only that one was over forestland that was very sparsely inhabited.
Yeah, that was around 1902 I think. Leveled miles worth of trees, and the impact was felt by Richter scales across the globe.
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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 04:11:30 pm »
You're probably thinking of the Tunguska Event.
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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 04:18:54 pm »
Don't worry about the meteorite.  Worry about the "Attack Response" button.
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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 04:42:52 pm »
You're probably thinking of the Tunguska Event.
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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 04:48:52 pm »
And this thing had the power of an atom bomb behind it. What the hell did Russia ever do to deserve all these random explosions?

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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 05:01:22 pm »
Be the biggest fucking country in the northern hemisphere?

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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2013, 05:30:43 pm »
You're probably thinking of the Tunguska Event.

Tunguska was the first thing I thought of when I heard this story.

I remember seeing a special on the Science channel that suggested a Tunguska style meteor, but quite larger, was what really destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The meteor didn't even hit there, just debris from the meteor. The meteor itself supposedly landed in the alps somewhere, clipping the top of a mountain off in the process. They apparently tested the dirt layer from around that time and it showed something that would be characteristic of an air-burst meteor. There was also a clay tablet written by some astronomers in the Middle East on the same night it happened, and the tablet showed the meteor. Somehow using the tablet scientists used a computer model to show where the meteor would have come from, and if I remember right it originated in the solar system's asteroid belt. I wish I could find the show again, it was interesting, and I want to see what other info could be dug up to see if it had any truth to it, and wasn't some complete ancient aliens style bullshit.

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Re: Meteorite explodes over Russia
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2013, 10:00:31 pm »
I wonder what the fundies will think of this?
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2013, 10:13:46 pm »
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I wonder what the fundies will think of this?

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I wonder what the fundies will think of this?

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