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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Man, she's a nutter.
The MSM is sooooo thin - in quality and old fashioned brain power...
How can an asteroid compare to Rubio drinking a glass of water? On national TV of all things? THAT was NEWS.
Or black gang members killing people on Chicago's South Side? The Chicago story's news - NEWS - it's not like black gang members were killing each last week. Or last month. Or last year... or for the past 40 years...
I lived in Chicago's Hyde Park years ago - a girl was killed on my block by a black gang member... she was 15... I was two years older... I've shared that story with my grandkids - which might give you some idea how long this madness has been going on... and how lame the liberal solutions have been.
But the city...ahhh! The Prague is the most beautiful city in the world.
I also remember going into Prague castle and seeing these extraordinary, ornate ballrooms with beautiful murals, gold leaf ceilings, crystal chandeliers...and the Communists had filled them with auditorium seating made of ugly, blocky chairs covered with filthy beige vinyl. Talk about a contrast.
Duck and Cover works.
Heh. Sometimes the contrasts can be striking indeed.
My city is a former steel-mill town, now with one steel mill left. The other big has switched over to heavy industrial production and manufacturing. Once you get out of the very epicenter of the town, it’s pretty much either standard-issue concrete blocks of flats or horrifically run-down First Republic building that have definitely seen better days.
Prague is indeed a beautiful city. It’s become far more “touristy” than it was in 1991, I’m sure. It’s why I don’t live there anymore.
‘The Prague’....nice reference to the way a lot of the locals here inadvertently refer to it as in English. :) My ex-wife used to do it all the time; “I was in The Prague today at ——”.
Thirty years ago, this would’ve been big news in the American media. It would likely have been the lead story in the networks’ World News Tonight shows.
Nowadays, apparently, not so much.
As our local expert on all things scientific and atmospheric, how much does it bother you to be wrong about this being “impossible”?
Caught on video, watch what the shock wave does to this door and office.
“Duck and Cover works”
Ya mean duck and cower...There was no time...These two only had time to soil their undies.
I finally got an e-mail from my teaching colleague in Chelyabinsk. She’s OK, thankfully. No problems, but she said when she heard the explosion, she damned near soiled herself.
The sound of the explosion and breaking glass everywhere was quite an experience, she wrote. Scary as hell. She said for a quick second, she honestly thought it was a nuclear attack - she was waiting for the fireball to consume her and everyone else.
She wasn’t alone. From what we are reading, lots of people over there thought they it was a nuke.
I can’t say I blame them. Like she said, she never wants to experience anything like that ever again. Her ears were ringing after the blast for about 5 minutes or so, according to her. It was loud, by her account.
I notice that they instinctively went to duck and cover, it seems that the majority of injuries were the type that would have been avoided, by D&C.
People need to be trained to not go look through the windows at whatever explosive noise, or bright flash, just occured.
Russians can be a pretty tough lot....If this happened over here, people would freak
Wait till one about the size of an aircraft carrier moving at 20k mph impacts near a population center....Not if, it’s when will happen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq9ZeBn5qA8 This is an awesome vid.
This one’s wild, at Red Rocks, you’ll have to ignore some annoying left coast yuppies for a few minutes to get to it:
Experience shows that astronomers try to be honest about any 'hazard'.
It is the media and the government who control what is revealed to the public.
Of note is that governments have built NEAR (telescopes that watch for Near Earth Asteroids, comets, etc) Stations all over the world.
The problem is that fast rocks with no headlights are hard to see, and there are an almost limitless amount of 'tracks' they can take.
Besides, most of the NEAR meteor info is available to the public rite-cheer.
It seems to have brought itself down just fine.
The Day of the Triffids!
Ya they're all Republican...In fact, Astronomers are "Saint like"...They don't go to bars, get drunk, punch each other out, vote Democrat, buy their kids Red Rider's or vomit on the in-laws porch. etc., etc.
They plant bushes and massage sod.
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?
It was a city of Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) 200 miles north of Chelybinsk.
Chelyabinsk is a home for a lot of defense research and manufacturing too.
Not so much bio-weapons, but Chelyabinsk Oblast (the equivalent of a state or province) had several top-secret nuclear facilities in it.
The city itself was more famous in Russia for becoming the center of T-34 tank production during WW II. The T-34 factories were disassembled, moved from the west of the country a thousand miles east to and beyond the Urals, and reassembled. Chelyabinsk became known as “Tankograd” as a result.
Turns out this wasn’t a lone object. They think this was part of a meteor shower. Some showers can last for up to 10 days. I hope there aren’t more of these coming at us.
About 10 of these enter our atmosphere per year but for the most part they land in the ocean.
A FReeper’s beeber was stuned!
Night of the Comet!
Fireball Streaks Across Bay Area Sky (San Fran)
“What if that had happened during the Cold War and the Soviets believed that was one of our nukes?
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.)”
So you would rather ALL of russia and america die rather than one city in each country? Thank God children like you will never be in positions of power
The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,
Some fragments may have hit a lake near Chelyabinsk.
a tennis ball sized piece could have mad that hole.
The WAVE from the impact would chew up a LOT more ice and fling it outward, than the actual size of the fragment.
It IS; in RUSSIA!
Our 'pravda' has BIGGER fish to fry.
Not to RUSSIANS!
And; it has an emerald mine!
And a UNIVERSITY...
And Denton's room!
55° 11' 19" N
61° 25' 30" E
Having a blast will be no windows.
It's eggs are in most small children's homes: just waiting to hatch...
Then just WHERE did the 'bullet' land?
Or did it just make a glancing blow thru the lower atmosphere and head on into space?
It just VANISHED in all the videos I've seen!
Where DO they find these twits?
I worked in a Naval plant that repaired and aligned the guidence systems for ICBMs on our subs.
It was a given that we’d see no flash, as our nervous system doesn’t work that fast.
Would you rather be hit with a deer slug or a shotgun; as all a bomb would do to a 10 ton solid rock is to turn it into 10 tons of flying gravel!
——Or did it just make a glancing blow thru the lower atmosphere——
The video seems to point to that conclusion.
I highly doubt that the Russians used ANYTHING!
Did you SEE any contrails that intersected the thing as it came in?
You've typed D&C and I have a reflex respose that REQUIRES me to post something relevant!
I must resist...
I MUST resist...
Do you have a PayPal® account?
did it slow down enough to do a big looping turn in space, and it'll be BACK??
wow, thanks for the link.
An ICBM travels pretty fast too, the idea is to intercept it not catch up with it. That said there is no anti missile system capable of intercepting a meteorite on short notice. By short notice I mean Holly s**t what that in the sky? lol, but just for grins a 20 lbs anything inpacking a meteor traveling at 60,000 mph would result in a very very big band as e=mv2 and 60k mph squared is a very big number. Lets do the math! Mass is about 9kg, velocity is about 30,000m per second so the energy is about 8.1 billion joules. That is enough energy to light up 81 million 100 watt light bulbs for 1 second. Or about 2.1 kilotons of TNT, a small nuke, Not bad for a 20lbs payload.
The two big immediate threats from a nuke are 1) the heat wave (flash) 2) the blast wave. Just getting in a shadow will protect you from the heat wave, so by all means do not turn into the light. If you do you will probably go blind. Once the flash has ended get away from glass windows as fast as you can. Flying glass is a big killer. It is possible to survive a nuke if you are far enough away that the over pressure will not collapse the structure you are in. So yes duck and cover can work. If you are alive after the blast move upwind to avoid the fallout.
That’s an amazing picture. The smoke was an interesting color. I wonder what the meteor was made of.
Telling them not to look at the flash was not sillier than telling them to get under their desks! But apparently they had drills; just like today students have fire drills and tornado drills, they had nuclear bomb drills. LOL He confesses he was terrified at the idea of strangers coming and taking the teacher away. Would his mom still be allowed to pick him up? It makes me wonder what the purpose of that was... maybe trying to bring up a generation scared of the Soviets?
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