Huge meteorite explosion resulting in “meteorite rain” in Siberia, Russia – February 15 2013

Meteorites were raining this morning over several locations (Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk) in Russia’s Urals region. These crashed were accompanied by loud booms as recorded in the following video. Crazy! So loud! Roughly 500 people were injured in the blast. You will see it is scary!

Reports vary from a meteor shower, but the Interfax news agency described the incident as a single meteorite. No planes, no ufos but a huge meteorite exploding into pieces leading to a meteorite rain over different parts of Siberia. One of the witnesses say: “My windows were not smashed, but I first thought that my house is being dismantled, then I thought it was a UFO, and my eventual thought was an earthquake. Just amazing. – RT

In this last video you can see the meteorite exploding resulting in the meteor rain. Great shot!

Well something similar, much bigger, but similar occured June 30 1908 in Tunguska Russia. The Tunguska event was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near (and later struck) the Podkamennaya Tunguska River Russia, at about 7:14 a.m. KRAT (00:14 UT) on June 30 [O.S. June 17], 1908. The explosion, having the epicenter (60.886°N, 101.894°E), is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth’s surface.

tunguska event

Although the meteoroid or comet appears to have burst in the air rather than hitting the surface, this event still is referred to as an impact. The Tunguska explosion knocked an estimated 80 million trees down over an area covering 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). It is estimated that the shock wave from the blast would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale. An explosion of this magnitude is capable of destroying a large metropolitan area. This possibility has helped to spark discussion of asteroid deflection strategies.

Update to Meteorite hits Russian Urals:Fireball explosion wreaks havoc,up to 500 injured

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers, local newspaper Znak reports quoting a source in the military.

A bright flash was seen in the Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, Russia’s Republic of Bashkiria and in northern Kazakhstan. Up to 500 people sought medical attention as a result of the incident, according to the Russian Interior Ministry. No serious injuries have been reported, with most of the injuries caused by broken glass and minor concussions.

meteorite explosion in Russia. Siberia february 15 2013

At least one piece of the fallen object caused damage on the ground in Chelyabinsk. According to preliminary reports, it crashed into a wall near a zinc factory, disrupting the city’s Internet and mobile service.
The Emergency Ministry reported that 20,000 rescue workers are operating in the region. Three aircraft were deployed to survey the area and locate other possible impact locations.

Witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it seemed like an earthquake and thunder had struck at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth. RT

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Anyway this could have been heard in the US as a sonic boom earlier? Or is it more likely we had a meteor here as well?

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