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.
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.
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.
I’m starting a green energy company around large meteorite strikes. It involves carbon fiber and titanium trampolines and lasers and stuff, perhaps even Blu-Ray with WiFi built-in and cross-controlled from a single iPad all on a carbon footprint the size of a postage stamp. The carbon credits alone should pay for the project.
Are you interested in funding me?