Friday, February 15, 2013

Video of meteorite explosion over Russia

This does not happen every day! A meteorite has flared spectacularly in the sky and exploded over the Russian region of Chelyabinsk. Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the region, the emergencies ministry said in a statement and injured 400 people.

The single meteroite came first with an explosion then a bright light and then has sent a shockwave. Chelyabinsk according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow.

Meteors hit the earth from time to time. 1908, a large meteoroid or comet fragment with around 100 meter radius has exploded at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth's surface near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. The explosion was 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, knocked an estimated 80 million trees down over an area covering 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi).  An explosion of this magnitude is capable of destroying a large metropolitan area. The meteroid hit Russia today is probably a few meters in diameter.

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