Skip to comments.Russian meteor blast injures at least 1,000 people (3000 damaged buildings)-VIDEO-
Posted on 02/15/2013 11:00:09 AM PST by dragnet2
Moscow (CNN) -- A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left about 1,000 people hurt
The number of injured has continued to rise through the day as new reports come in from across a swath of central Russia.
Most of those hurt are in the Chelyabinsk region, the news agency said. The vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious.
About 3,000 buildings have sustained damage -- mostly broken glass -- as a result of the shock waves caused by the blast
About 20,000 emergency response workers have been mobilized
Amateur video footage showed a bright white streak moving rapidly across the sky, before exploding with an even brighter flash and a deafening bang.
The explosion occurred about 9:20 a.m. local time, as many people were out and about.
One large chunk was discovered in a lake in the Chelyabinsk region, RIA Novosti cited the Chelyabinsk governor as saying.
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Other video depicts the pressure/shock wave blowing doors inward as if an explosion occurred just outside the doors..
Be thankful that the Cold War is over for we have a president who just might do what the Hollywood-commie-loving pukes did in the movie "Fail Safe".
To placate their commie heroes the Hollywood crowd had the President of the United States order an immediate nuclear strike on New York City. (At the time I think NYC had a Republican mayor and Obama probably would pick a Republican state to nuke.)
I can't wait to see the faces on those Russian cops when an Imperial Probe Droid pops out of that crater and figures out its NOT on Hoth!
DA 14 now over Australia tracking from the south pole north at 4.8 miles per second.
Betcha they get all the damage repaired before all the damage gets repaired in Hurricane Sandy Land.
Of course, because their government won’t ‘help’.........
Where’s Obama? Where’s Biden? This story stinks to the high heavens...
There are so many ways we could play this, but let's just say that they're really going to be surprised when they discover that the circus has come to town!
Didn’t the USS Lake Erie shoot down a bus sized satellite a few years ago? I heard that the Russians scrambled interceptors but couldn’t do anything. The US Navy could possibly have detected and brought down this thing.
The energy yield from the explosion was in the kiloton range; bigger than the most recent North Korean nuke test, which was about 6 kilotons. So this one may have been around 10 kilotons.
Good thing it exploded as high up as it did; lower to the ground would’ve produced an enormous pressure wave that likely would’ve caused massive structural damage to those prefab apartment blocks (I live in one - they’re sorta cheaply made, to be blunt). And possibly a serious loss of life as well.
Paging agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
I don’t think any military on the planet has a system capable of shooting down an incoming object with a speed of 33,000 MPH.
Where’s it now? Anyone know...
JPL says "hundreds of kilotons."
So if it had simply come down vertically instead of a graze, it could have destroyed much of a city of 1 million+ people.
Some fragments may have hit a lake near Chelyabinsk. Apparently, a few fragments have been recovered.
I’m surprised this isn’t bigger news than it is. Something like this happens only once in a lifetime. And this is certainly the first time I can recall of a meteor airbust causing such widespread injuries and structural damage.
“Fail Safe”, the movie, was not a creation of Hollywood, but a best-selling novel, made into the movie, and was also a play.
The book was serialized in three parts, and published in NY newspapers, DURING THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS!!!
And, yes, the author wrote the ‘blood for blood’, or ‘bomb for bomb’, scenario as you saw it in the movie.
And to think, as a GI’s kid, living on the airbase, the 6 by 6 general that visited the schools during that crisis told us not to pay any mind to the duck and cover, because it wouldn’t do us any good, being a defensive airbase. Just turn to the light, and it will be over in a flash.
Average daily high temperature in February is a balmy minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit. Having no windows will be a blast.
“Go toward the light.”
Seriously, what else could you do? I remember seeing one of those duck-and-cover films, and I laughed. The one I remember, the one with some turtle, basically said that when The Bomb goes off a couple of house down, duck and cover and you’ll be fine.
There’s some discussion of this on the breaking thread.
1) The earlier in the day, the more TV is focused on women, and many women are much more interested in the cruise ship and the crime drama of a famous athlete killing his girlfriend than some weird science story
2) It’s in an obscure part of Russia with no foreign media
3) The media worked itself into a frenzy over the cruise ship and the payoff was today, and that’s where all the reporters are, and they are not going to tolerate being ignored for their live interviews
I imagine there are a lot of schoolchildren with bad cuts and blown-out eardrums; as horrible as it sounds the only way for this to get more attention would be for Oprah to interview some crying Russian kids.
Isn’t (or wasn’t) Chelyabinsk the center of Russias’ famed/feared bio-weapons labs?
Damn that global warming!
There is an enormous amount of important military stuff of all kinds near Chelyabinsk.
I bet that whack-job Nancy Leider is just beside herself over this. Planet X will be overhead any minute now!!!!!111!!!
BECAREFUL!!! it could be the BLOB!!! This is how it all started.
Beware of the blob, it creeps
And leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor
Right through the door
And all around the wall
A splotch, a blotch
Be careful of the blob
Here in Europe, it is big news. The Czech TV commentators referred to it as “once in a lifetime” event, and had good coverage of it, even referencing the 1908 Tunguska Event as well. They had about a solid 20 minute-long piece on the incident, and the Czech astronomers they interviewed basically asserted that Chelyabinsk “dodged a bullet” and that it could have been infinitely worse.
To those capable of critical thought it is.
This event was historical given the fact it was another object which went totally undetected.
Compound this by the fact within approximately 20 hours later, a near miss from asteroid large enough to completely level the Dallas area with an impact so great it would rain down house sized debris 75 miles away..It just missed us.
Another reason why we here watch very little television. I can't bear watching the 30 year old CNN/FOX fashion models talking to the audience like they're all 7 year olds.
When I first this on the morning news, I was more focused on the visuals then the audio (working on a first cup of coffee at the time) and I thought, “Hey, wow....great CGI”. Then as I started focusing on what the Czech newsreaders were saying, then it dawned on me what had taken place and just how important this news story really was.
When I heard (and later read) that this object was essentially a sucker-punch from outer space, well, I was pretty stunned.
I’m still waiting to hear back from a teaching colleague in Chelyabinsk. I sent her an e-mail earlier today. She’s a teacher at a secondary school there.
My husband was a first grader in SC in the early 60’s and was told to get under the desk, do not look at the light. If strange people came in, took away the teacher and the flag, just do what the replacement teacher said. Funny thing, he lived in the center of a 100 mile diameter area that included Charleston nuclear sub base, the Atomic Energy Commission Savannah River site (where they made the bombs), Fort Jackson military training base, Shaw airforce base (Shaw took the photos of Cuba), and McEntire national guard base. He found out years later that the Russian bombs were so inaccurate that they sent numerous ones at each target. He still wonders where the strange people and the new teacher would have come from! LOL
The event was so loud, those people in buildings or homes who did not see it, said they thought it was a massive earthquake.There actually was an earthquake in Russia yesterday, but evidently not massive. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc000f76f.php
The MSM will probably come up to speed on this in another couple of days.
Astronomers chronically downplay the hazard of meteor and comet impact on Earth for one simple reason. Our only defense against them at present are the world’s nuclear ICBM arsenals and liberal academia bleeds from its eyes and ears at any justification for the nuclear arms race to be considered as a savant for humanity. Google “Richard Firestone” plus “Younger Dryas Event”
The shock wave blew in an estimated 100,000 square meters (more than 1 million square feet) of glass, according to city officials, who said 3,000 buildings in the city were damaged. At one zinc factory, part of the roof collapsed.
We heard reports the shock/pressure wave swayed larger buildings.
So it was the top story on the CNN website for a while, but it’s been replaced by “Obama focuses on guns in Chicago” and is now listed below “Pistorius weeps in court” in World News.
Some on the left have actually advocated some such tragedy to reduce the world population.
It is a good reason not to let Obama and Kerry get rid of the US arsenal, isn’t it?
The article that I read on Drudge, this morning, said that the Russians had used a missile on the meteor, is that not correct?
1) No they don't. They generally constantly try to highlight the hazard, not downplay it. Do you ever read actual science journals? Watch Science channel documentaries? Of course, if any natural scientist DOES highlight a given hazard, then people on FR savagely attack them for "just trying to get more money."
What they DO downplay is the hazard of specific asteroids with well-calculated orbits that miss the Earth, when kooknutter sites claim otherwise.
2) Stop getting your science knowledge from kook websites and bad movies. Of the many potential methods to try to divert an incoming asteroid, nuking them is one of the dumber ones.
You’re in Russia? Oh well, when we first moved to CA, we used to joke about the level of construction there, as well. We used to say that the houses were cheaply constructed so that if an earthquake struck nearby, it wouldn’t hurt as much if the house caved in.
On the CNN International Edition, it’s the top story along with a story, “How Can We Combat Space Menace?” The Oscar Pistorius story is distinctly second place. On idnes.cz, a major Czech news site, it’s also the top story.
I guess for the American media, it’s no biggie.
It's not correct. Completely silly and physically impossible. And there's no need for a missile to explain anything; meteors routinely blow up on their own in the atmosphere.
She hasn’t posted any new threads. HMM Very interesting?
FOX covered it, videos included. Also the asteroid with scientist commentary for both.
It’s taking a little while to figure a way to blame it on Bush and Global Warming. But some lib ultimately will go there.
You seen this?
Dramatic CCTV: Meteorite blast wave blows out doors, windows in Russia.
Caught on video, watch what the shock wave does to this door and office.