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m4a2000
02-15-2013, 06:39 AM
Meteorite causes blast, injures 400 in Russia (http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Meteorite-falls-in-Russia-injuring-7-191345871.html)
By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press Published: Feb 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM PST | Last Updated: Feb 15, 2013 at 1:10 AM PST
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In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera, a meteorite contrail is seen in Chelyabinsk region on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (AP Photo/Sergey Hametov)

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MOSCOW (AP) — A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 400 people, many of them hurt by broken glass.

"There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people's houses to check if they were OK," said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region.

"We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement.

Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said more than 400 people had sought medical treatment after the blasts, and at least three had been hospitalized in serious condition. Many of the injuries were from glass broken by the explosions.

Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.

Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteor.

Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

Russian news reports noted that the meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid -- about 17,150 miles (28,000 kilometers). There was no immediate demonstrable connection.

Small pieces of space debris — usually parts of comets or asteroids — that are on a collision course with the Earth are called meteoroids. When meteoroids enter the Earth's atmosphere they are called meteors. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere, but if they survive the frictional heating and strike the surface of the Earth they are called meteorites.
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Max Seddon Moscow contributed to this story.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
Link to videos posted via a Russian LiveJournal here (http://zyalt.livejournal.com/722930.html).

This isn't 2012DA14 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_DA14) which was on the news last night.

Sensei
02-15-2013, 07:35 AM
It happened 4:20 Polish time.
2012DA14 will be here at 20:25 GMT+1
It's almost exactly 16h difference between them.
16 * 3600 * 29.78 km Earth travel each second = 1,715,328 km distance that Earth traveled between two events.
It's unlikely they're connected.

OFF
02-15-2013, 07:49 AM
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ivanze
02-15-2013, 08:31 AM
Get Bruce Willis and a big drill ready!!

50one
02-15-2013, 08:52 AM
Yes those are not connected one approached from South the DA14 will be approaching from North, around 19:30 UK time.

Sensei
02-15-2013, 08:56 AM
Get Bruce Willis and a big drill ready!!

Now you know why he is so thin. He needs to wear astronaut suit.. ;)

bazsa73
02-15-2013, 09:38 AM
The invasion began already?

skype6
02-15-2013, 09:44 AM
I can imagine what would happen if it was bigger!!!

skype6
02-15-2013, 09:45 AM
or maybe UFO...

mike_stening
02-15-2013, 11:15 AM
its Flash Gordon come to save the earth

Titus
02-15-2013, 12:15 PM
I thought all meteorites fell in the USA, particularly in N.Y.

erikals
02-15-2013, 12:24 PM
no, sometimes Moscow too...

vncnt
02-15-2013, 12:55 PM
Did they receive a message: "we come in peace"?

erikals
02-15-2013, 01:00 PM
no, it was... "We come in Pieces"

prometheus
02-16-2013, 12:59 PM
some experts says itīs impossible today to track and recognize meteors in this size, simply to small...but these ones can be very deadly and dangerous if they fall over cities indeed.
Probably a matter of time before we see even more hits..but then again, it could take a long long time and no one would know..

larger ones..like the one that just passed us yesterday very close is trackable mostly, then again...what if something changed itīs course a little or if it just were heading towards earth..most likely
experts would probably say..its a small chance it hits us, and if it is on course it will most likely hit non populated areas or at sea, ergo no immidiate reaction would be taken and what could really be done
to prevent bigger hits?

I doubt there is a decent plan, and resources enough to deal with a huge meteor that would be on collision course towards earth.
Maybe we do have technology to actually prevent it, but I wonder if that has been under subject for a serious plan in case of such trajectory course shows up?

Feels like experts and politicians shake their heads and shoulders...nahh..we donīt see that as a big threat and nothing within our lifetime that we know about, so why bother now?

I hope they are able to track and find some interesting meteorites from this meteor shower.

Michael

50one
02-16-2013, 01:12 PM
2013 is gonna be quite of a show, next Asteroid is due to in March and another which is going to be quite spectacular - November, I suppose we can expect some more 'shower' this year, thing is that 80% of our planet is water or inhabited places, so the chances of hitting a city are quite low in fact, but still exist. Nothing to worry about, I'm sure our governments can deal with this[HA HA HA]

erikals
02-16-2013, 01:25 PM
the problem is if it hits the sea, it will create a tsunami (if it's big enough)

and many cities are placed by the sea...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3YYwIsMHzw

50one
02-16-2013, 01:53 PM
Depends on the size of it/ velocity / angle / weight / composition. The one that had close passage December last year - can't remember it's name now - if it hit directly Pacific near cost area, it would create massive 1 meter Tsunami - traveling around 17 miles inland:) but Apophis...now that's a beast!:)

prometheus
02-16-2013, 06:04 PM
Depends on the size of it/ velocity / angle / weight / composition. The one that had close passage December last year - can't remember it's name now - if it hit directly Pacific near cost area, it would create massive 1 meter Tsunami - traveling around 17 miles inland:) but Apophis...now that's a beast!:)


so what would be best from equally large objects hitting earh, big tsunamiwaves....or land impact, even if it hitīs desert land areas, I can imagine quite a lot of smoke cover the air for a long time maybe?
But Tsunamis would probably cause the most direct and most vastly damages I suspect.

I use to enjoy and even hoping for some star falling at midnight during summer, but one might change perspective now...on the other hand, if it lands so I can track it, thatīs worth something:)

Michael