A meteor crashing in Russia’s Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings.
Most of those hurt suffered minor cuts and bruises but some received head injuries, Russian officials report.
A fireball was seen streaking through the clear morning sky above the city of Yekaterinburg, followed by loud bangs.
A large meteor fragment landed in a lake near Chebarkul, a town in the neighbouring Chelyabinsk region.
I’m sure everyone has heard about this by now but a few curious things. For one, it does not seem related to the asteroid 2012 DA14 being watched on a close flyby tonight. And second, one witness reports after seeing the light from the fireball and vapor trail that she smelled “fumes”. What were those?
Also curious if people heard noises prior to the boom.
Incredible. Like something out of my nightmares.
This is the second time such an event happened in Russia in recorded history. A similar even occurred in Tunguska in 1908. This event may put to rest all the speculation about wild alternative explanations for Tunguska since this is one of the best recorded incidents to date. Yet, there is already speculation and rumors swirling about this event. Stay tuned.
Listening to Bill Nye the Science Guy this morning, he assured viewers that 2012 DA14 will not hit us later today but this event is a wake up call for near earth objects. We need to get on the ball, fund the asteroid spotters and Get R Done!
UPDATE: Bob Blaskiewicz caught this screen grab off RT. Just goes to show the alternate ideas have been spawned.
The Russian meteor was being taken very seriously, as some suggested it could have actually been a secret military test or UFO of some kind.
The tale of the meteorite which smashed into an Eastern Russian town on Friday seems strange enough – but now the internet is aflame with conspiracy theories that it was actually shot down by a Russian missile.
OH STFU already. Silly.
Russian parliament member says meteor was actually a U.S. weapons test.
Nah. Wrong answer.
Russian Cleric: Meteorite Was Lord’s Message | Russia | RIA Novosti.
We should listen to ex-sports stars on these matters. That’s completely idiotic.
Meteor Truther: Jose Canseco Says ‘No Way’ Meteorite Hit Russia Today | Mediaite.
NASA has an update on the trajectories of the two objects, this Russian one and 2012 DA14
“According to NASA scientists, the trajectory of the Russian meteorite was significantly different than the trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14, making it a completely unrelated object. Information is still being collected about the Russian meteorite and analysis is preliminary at this point. In videos of the meteor, it is seen to pass from left to right in front of the rising sun, which means it was traveling from north to south. Asteroid DA14′s trajectory is in the opposite direction, from south to north.”
UPDATE2: A video is going around showing a burning crater identified as being a result from the impact. IT IS NOT. It is a natural gas formation that has ignited in Turkmenistan. Someone just thought it was an easy hoax. A crater would not burn like this unless there was combustable material in it (rock and soil is not combustable).