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Meteor Explosion Over Russia

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

A fireball like meteor exploded on Friday (Feb 15, 2013) over city of Chelyabinsk, Russia 9:30 a.m as reported by Space.com. Russian meteor was about 50 feet wide and weighed approximately 7,000 tons.

As per Russian Academy of Sciences, The meteor above western Siberia entered the Earth’s atmosphere about 9:20 a.m. local time (10:20 p.m. EST Thursday) at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph (54,000 kph) and shattered into pieces about 30-50 kilometers (18 to 32 miles)

When I first saw on the news, thought it could be another small meteor that crossed the earth, but it is surprising to know that it is so big  releasing roughly 15 times as much energy as the atomic bomb the United States dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II according to the news sources.

As a result of The Russian meteor blast around 3,000 buildings in Chelyabinsk were damaged, Mostly with broken glass. At a zinc factory, part of the roof collapsed. , and around 1000 people injured caused by flying glass. Good thing to know that no one is dead.

Some meteorite fragments fell in a reservoir outside the town of Chebarkul, the regional Interior Ministry office said. The strange thing is that the crash left an eight-meter (26-foot) crater in the ice.

Many people thought of this as the end of the world, but don’t need to be afraid of anything about this now.

And as per a recent report the meteor blast in the skies over Russia produced 2.7 magnitude earthquake equivalent the shaking can be appeared on seismograph readings.


Russian meteor Viral Videos:

Instantly this event triggered a lot of viral videos on YouTube and on other channels, you can find some of the interesting videos here.

YouTube Video:
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Russian meteor Photos: find the interesting meteor blast photos on here

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