Skip to comments.500 Hurt as Meteor Plummets to Earth in Russia
Posted on 02/15/2013 4:17:13 AM PST by LadyEleanorEdited on 02/15/2013 4:55:53 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
MOSCOW -- The Russian Academy of Sciences is estimating the meteor that streaked into the skies over the Ural Mountains and caused shock waves that injured more than 400 people weighed about 10 tons (11 tons avoirdupois).
The academy said in a statement hours after the Friday morning fall that the meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above ground.
The fall caused explosions that broke glass over a wide area. The Emergency Ministry says more than 500 people sought treatment after the blasts and that 34 of them were hospitalized.
damn global warming...
Another "brilliant" scientist bites the dust....
WOW check this one
Bill Nye will have some cockamamie theory about how SUVs are acting like magnets pulling these asteroids towards earth.
The odds are small but the possibility is always there. Funny thing is that yesterday, H2 ran shows about the possibility of meteor and comet impacts all day.
How to prevent impacts is something worth study.
No Way! Wow!!
Interesting that the meteorite landed in Chelyabinsk, a region even more polluted than Chernobyl.
BTW, In the Ukrainian Language of the NIV Bible, The star in Revelation that falls from heaven, called “Wormwood”, is translated to “Chernobyl”. Here is the verse:
“The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.” (Revelation 8:1011,
“Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, said “It’s not meteors falling, it’s the test of a new weapon by the Americans,” the RIA Novosti news agency reported.”
The all powerful George Bush is at it again.
Its been fairly big news on the BBC this morning.
Amazing. Glad to hear that no one was killed.
And only 11 to 16 (sources vary) were to be sent to hispital. Those hundreds mostly had small wounds because of broken windowglasses.
Check out the video on comment #4.
Omens. We haz them.
The odds of dying from an asteroid strike are the same as dying from a. Plane crash. A small but significant threat...
I take it as a sign that NASA should stop studying the earth and get back into the exploration, pathfinding, and prospecting business.
Stunning Pics & Video: Reports of Many Injuries From Meteorite Strike in Russias Ural Mountains
Were these companions of the asteroid that was supposed to miss us by about 20K miles sometime Friday?
Not sure of the date, because it supposed to pass during our daytime, I think.
I’ll have to go do more research.
Have you watched the video? It’s amazing.
It is believed that the incident may be connected to asteroid 2012 DA14, which measures 45 to 95 meters in diameter and will be passing by Earth tonight at around 19:25 GMT at the record close range of 27,000 kilometers.
More interesting than the meteor was the clear sky in Russia. EVERY piece of footage from that God forsaken place is always overcast and dreary.
Putin buying 570 tons of gold last week had nothing to do with what might be happening .. move along folks
sure would like the name and video of that scientist yesterday laughing off the possibility of smaller meteors in a shower traveling with the asteroid headed our way
A 6-meters wide crater is found near Chebarkul lake.
Today about 2:20-2:30pm ET.
Yep. And I got cold chills down my back.
Today, 15-Feb-2013, at 1425 hours, EDT.
NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.
The half-hour broadcast from NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with live or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting.
At the time of its closest approach to Earth at approximately 2:25 p.m. EST (11:25 a.m. PST/ 19:25 UTC), the asteroid will be about 17,150 miles (27,600 kilometers) above Earths surface. Measuring approximately 50 meters wide, 2012 DA14 is about half the size of a football field. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object this big come so close to our planet. The asteroid will actually pass closer to Earth than many manmade satellites.
In addition to the commentary, near real-time imagery of the asteroids flyby before and after closest approach, made available to NASA by astronomers in Australia and Europe, weather permitting, will be streamed beginning at about noon EST (9 a.m. PST) and continuing through the afternoon at http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2
Also, a Ustream feed of the flyby from a telescope at NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be streamed for three hours starting at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST). To view the feed and ask researchers questions about the flyby via Twitter, visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc
For more information, including graphics and animations showing the flyby of 2012 DA14, visit
Can’t be, there’s no live thread for it.
I’d bet money the orbit of this bolide turns out to be completely different from 2012 DA14, meaning it’s unrelated.
Interesting commentary on some of those BBC videos. Apparently most of the destruction was caused by the force of the sonic boom as the meteor passed overhead.
We are long overdue for sensible meteor control.
The flash is the meteor literally exploding from overheating and overpressure; I'd suspect that's the cause of any damage, rather than a simple sonic boom (the meteor was still at a very high altitude at the time.
I just found myself a victim of the information age. We don’t stop to consider one story and take in what’s important about it. Here, a meteor flashes through the sky, I should stop and consider human frailty and God’s power, but I’m pulled away from contemplation by a story about that handicap Olympian killing his girlfriend.
Putin must be listening to Talk Radio!
Gold is Good, but at this point it might be wiser to invest in LEAD!
If it were a NUKE, there would be a lot more than 500 INJURED!
What a maroon.
“durn glowball gave us no warning!”
That was my first thought. The second thought was, how many others might there be if that's the case? The third thought is, do I want to spend the day in the studio or outside with a camera?
Ah...The GOOD ol’ Days!
I hear ya.
For some reason I can’t stream all of the videos, but the one item I was referring to was the video clip where the ground shook and the windows rattled several long moments after the streak passed overhead. I believe any explosion or impact took place miles away from where that video was filmed.
Sure. This is history no matter what else it might be.
Looking at all the craters on the moon is scary. We are a bigger target.
Not sure what we can do if a really big one is on a collision course. Our space program is almost non-existent.
Russia: Earth’s meteor fly paper.
It's just science. Since we evil humans are trapping our heat underneath all of that excess CO2 that we are creating the side effect is that, from outer space, the earth looks "cool".
It is well known that "cool" attracts teenage girls. It less well known that it also attracts meteorites.
When will we learn that you can't mess around with Mother Nature?
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