Eco News #40 – meteorite hits Russia with power of 30 atomic bombs

February 21st, 2013

Hello Greenzoners! As you have already probably heard, on 15 February, a meteor impacted on Earth’s surface, exploding above Russian city of Chelyabinsk, in Ural region.

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The explosion injured over 1,200 residents of the city by blast shockwave which was caused by 10,000-ton fireball. Also, over 5000 buildings were damaged. The explosion unleashed nearly 500 kilotons of energy, causing glass to break, as well as other objects.

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It was calculated, that the energy, with which the meteor exploded was 30 times bigger than of an atom bomb dropped in Hiroshima in 1945.
It had an energy greater than (all) the weapons used in World War II” says Bill Cooke, leader of the Meteoroid Environments Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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The meteor is estimated to be around 17m long and it’s the biggest since the even in Tunguska, in 1908, when piece the area of deep Siberia was hit by a rock from outer space, yet causing no damage, as it exploded in inhabited, forest area.

Here’s a compilation of footage showing meteorite falling above Chelyabinsk – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTmwbhyNBtA

Question for users from Chelyabinsk, or those, who have seen it with their own eyes – what was this experience like?

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4 Responses to “Eco News #40 – meteorite hits Russia with power of 30 atomic bombs”

  1. romici says:

    This things happened all time, and it’s normal … maybe mother nature are dissapointed 🙁 and she want to attract attention!

  2. толя says:

    я так не думаю , че то , кто то , где то творит мы просто этого не знаем! касяков хватает на земле астрономы моросят!

  3. Artem says:

    I’m from there, I went to the store and the windows were broken when I was choosing a drink stand with Drinking completely crumbled to pieces, here’s a morning 🙂

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