Meteorite Explosion Strikes Fear Across Russia

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Friday, February 15, 2013

A meteorite explosion struck fear across Russia overnight. The video captured of the remarkable natural event is simply incredible—something you can’t see enough.

So far, the explosion has injured nearly 1,000 people in the area around Chelya-Binsk, Russia.

It was a light so bright from what’s estimated to have been a 10-ton meteorite and was captured by so many people in Russia. It caused panic in the city of one million.

About 1,100 people were injured, many by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see the flash of light.

The shock wave from the sonic boom shattered windows in thousands of buildings. An estimated one million square feet of glass was shattered in about 3,000 buildings.

Nick Solomley, chairman of the W.S.U. physics department, and his wife got a phone call from relatives soon after.

“My wife's from Russia,” Solomley said. “Not so far away, a couple hundred miles away. And with all the excitement, we got a phone call about this and there was a lot of excitement.”

Robert Henry, program manager at the Lake Afton Observatory, said, “That's a pretty big meteorite. Most of them are baseball to spec-of-dust size when we think in terms of a meteor shower.”

Scientists say the meteor released several kilotons of energy above the region.

“It's a pretty scary meteorite, obviously, because they said it was about ten tons which is roughly the size of an office desk,” Henry said.

He says the meteorite was traveling at 25,000 miles-per-hour. It’s no wonder people might think they’re under attack.


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