Meteorite explodes over Russia, more than 1,000 injured

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Tiu wrote:

It’s probably tied in to the Papa being mugged by the Prince.

Feb 15, 2013 5:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
doctorwarren wrote:

Thank the gods that this didn’t happen during the Cold War when everyone’s fingers were itching to turn the launch keys.

Feb 15, 2013 5:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
EU_Hold_On wrote:

At least window dealers find their count.

Feb 15, 2013 8:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
hancle wrote:

And Al Gore says…………………….?

Feb 15, 2013 8:52am EST  --  Report as abuse

Must be the work of Al Qaeda, only illogical explanation, damn they have suicide bombers in space too.

Feb 15, 2013 9:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Doesn’t explain why other Russians witnesses say they saw missiles into the sky towards the object right before the explosion etc.
They only said it once, then they were silent.
NASA and the US track everything, and yet they won’t confirm it was a meteorite.
Then there is the cell phone disruption issue.
World Headlines:
“Scientists around the world still argue about what the object was”
“Russian Emergency Ministry denies reports military shot down object”
“20,000 ministry personnel and 3,000 military hardware units are now deployed in the area”
“Dozens of witnesses reported seeing a bright flash in the air and hearing a loud explosion”
“The air defence unit used to attack the object, the report says, used an S-400 ‘Triumph’ system ordered to Russia’s borders this past fall by President Putin.”
“Russian military on high alert status”
“Russian space warfare analysts do note that its trajectory needs “extreme analysis” to fully explain its “unprecedented actions and effects”, including the massive damage it caused”
“Residents reported a missile explosion and residents of the town of Emanzhilinsk, some 50 kilometers from Chelyabinsk, reported that they saw a flying object that suddenly burst into flames, broke apart and fell to earth, and that a black cloud had been seen hanging above the town and witnesses in Chelyabinsk are now reporting that the city’s air “smells like gunpowder”.

Something got shot down, I wonder what it was?
Why is the entire Russian military on high alert now?
And why so many military assets in the shoot down area?

Feb 15, 2013 9:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
act1 wrote:

Odd that the meteorite surprised the Russian radar. That there were no casualties kept this from becoming a tragedy. Such an incident foretells what future space missals like this might do on a larger scale if we on earth are not prepared.

Feb 15, 2013 9:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

Yea that’s smart wipe out all posts with references to God or the Bible.

Another sign of the times!

Feb 15, 2013 10:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

It is now being reported that so far almost 1000 have been injured.
The new videos with sound are incredible.
In one, an entire door is caved in and blown off its hinges inward along with the windows similar to a nuclear blast shock wave.
A flash of light so bright the cameras only show white, identical to a nuclear blast.
Walls being blown in.
A deafening loud explosion.
Definitely not a meteorite.
Looks more like a high altitude nuclear blast.

Feb 15, 2013 10:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
bdkennedy1 wrote:

These videos clearly show it was daylight but Viktor Prokofiev says it was very dark.

Feb 15, 2013 10:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
bdkennedy1 wrote:

These videos clearly show it was daylight but Viktor Prokofiev says it was very dark.

Feb 15, 2013 10:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
bdkennedy1 wrote:

These videos clearly show it was daylight but Viktor Prokofiev says it was very dark.

Feb 15, 2013 10:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
bdkennedy1 wrote:

These videos clearly show it was daylight but Viktor Prokofiev says it was very dark.

Feb 15, 2013 10:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

From Russian news agencies:
“The Russian army has joined the rescue operation. Radiation, chemical and biological protection units have been put on high alert. Since the explosion occurred several kilometers above the Earth, a large ground area must be thoroughly checked for radiation and other threats.”

Feb 15, 2013 10:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

“Definitely not a meteorite”

It was a 10 tonne meteor that exploded in the air some thousands of feet above the ground.

The force of the explosion was probably equal to that of a small nuclear bomb.

They have already recovered pieces of the meteor form the surrounding area and now are called meteorites.

Feb 15, 2013 10:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
Shadeburst wrote:

@americanguy I facepalm for you. If you saw the videos it was obviously a “bolus” or flaming meteorite.

Feb 15, 2013 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
anarcurt wrote:

@americanguy: Every video that has been posted is consistant with a fairly large meteor entering the atmosphere and exploding under the pressure caused by the friction of the atmosphere. It might resemble a nuclear blast because it is as powerful as one. More times than not such meteors will break up before impact. If there is nuclear crews out it is because this city is a major weapons manufacturing center including nuclear weapons. It’s better to be sure that no fragments damaged nuclear equipment. Not everything is a conspiracy.

Feb 15, 2013 11:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Eric93 wrote:

Are they sure it was a meteor? Or could it have been ‘space junk’ that had been orbiting earth? Or even an abandoned space station that finally dropped out of orbit? There have always been worries about that occurring.

Feb 15, 2013 11:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
gabbsPanama wrote:

“There have never been any cases of meteorites breaking up at such a low level over Russia before,” said Yuri Burenko, head of the Chelyabinsk branch of the Emergencies Ministry.

MM..Tunguska?

Feb 15, 2013 11:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
elocutionist wrote:

Just then, a sly smirk ever so delicately arises on Kim Jong Un’s face, as the camera pans down to a dossier with the Nuke symbol flourescently embossed– “The test has been a success. Next target: the Americans.” And, leaning back in his leather chair, at first an inaudable murmur, then crescendoing to a full-bodied cackle– a fanatical howl of sinister proportions rising up as though from hell itself, as the camera pans away from his bunker deep in earth, joined by choruses of madmen whose eyes glow with the fanatical hue that speaks only terror, chaos, and mayhem…

Feb 15, 2013 11:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
alzy5084 wrote:

Perhaps the anticipated meteor was just one among a stream of debris heading our way.. What are scientists saying?

Feb 15, 2013 12:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

If you closely watch the video you can see the morning sun on the horizon.

As this 10 tonne 6-8 foot long meteor streaks through the sky at 30,000 mph it will light up the sky as if it was daytime. As the heat and pressure increased the meteor exploded creating a shockwave that can cause heavy damage to buildings and injuring people.

The event could have been much much worse if it had not broken up and hit the ground as one whole piece.

Feb 15, 2013 12:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

If nothing this shows that the government can NOT track incoming objects as well as they would like us to believe. One of these days ‘POW, right in the kisser!”

Feb 15, 2013 12:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
inverse137 wrote:

@americanguy, uhh, no one has ever accused you of being an intellectual powerhouse, have they…

Feb 15, 2013 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
0ldRNCowboy wrote:

If this meteor had come just one hour later, Moscow would have been hit. We are all lucky this occurred over a somewhat sparsely populated area.

Feb 15, 2013 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
inverse137 wrote:

@bdkennedy1, so, should I point out the obvious to you or just let people point and laugh at you.

If it was dark….and then this object “lights up the sky”….need another hint?

Dumb people annoy me.

Feb 15, 2013 12:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bemore2day wrote:

It is interesting that the only 2 events of this size over the last 100 years both occurred over Russian land. The event over Siberia in 1908 was devastating (if you’ve seen the photos). Also odd is that the remnants of both objects are speculated to have landed in lakes.

The “Ancient Alien” theorists are going to have a field day with this one!

Feb 15, 2013 12:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

Good thing it didn’t land in Moscow.

Feb 15, 2013 1:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

Object of the size that exploded over that Russian City today are not as rare as you might think. If there was no video which we we’re very lucky there was and if it didn’t happen over a populated area causing injuries to people and damaging buildings it would have not got the attention that it has.

In reality a meteor of this size probably strikes the Earth every few years. Since the Earth is 3/4 water there is a 75% chance they hit in a ocean somewhere and may not even make the news.

I myself have seen more than a few meteors that a least for a second or two light up the night sky as if it was day.

The one the is passing us right now could cause massive damage if it were to strike the earth equal or more than the 1908 event in Siberia.

Feb 15, 2013 1:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rkirchem wrote:

Christians: Please give me all your money and property because you won’t need it when Jesus comes. I’ll take good care of it for you.

Feb 15, 2013 2:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
anarcurt wrote:

That’s the shock wave from exploding ~20 miles up. Imagine if it exploded closer to the ground…

Feb 15, 2013 2:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse

I love astronomy and everything celestial. I am also a Professional Astrologer. Apparently another smaller meteorite also fell nearby Toronto Canada where I live. I wrote about how the spot in Kazhakstan where the explosion happened was a HOT SPOT using ASTROCARTOGRAPHY. an astrologer’s software program that shows specific places on the earth’s surface associated with Eclipses and such. PLease see htis for yourself, the Total Solar Elcipse of Nov 13 2012 showed the area as an exact hit.

Feb 15, 2013 4:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
joey_t wrote:

What the russian gov’t has failed to say is that it shot the meteorite down before hitting land

Feb 15, 2013 5:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Latest headlines from Russia:
“Russian goverment says radiation levels are normal, warns residents to stay away from meteors. 20,000 troops have sealed off the area and are searching for meteors.”
Uh, OK.
Definitely nothing but meteors.
Nothing was shot down as officials said earlier.
“The local newspaper Znak reported the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. Quoting a source in the military, it wrote a missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.”
And in a amazing feat of science, the Russians are telling the exact size of the meteor as it hit the atmosphere, and yet admit they did not detect it before it hit. AMAZING!
And I thought something strange was going on like a shoot down by a nuclear tipped missile from the nearby missile base like the military source told the newspaper
This is all perectly normal. Meteors made of mostly of iron (as they said) might cut someone and injure them if they are sharp, hence the warning not to touch them.
I don’t know what I was thinking.
I should always blindly trust every government (including my own) and believe everything they say without question, like some people.

Feb 15, 2013 5:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheWhiteLine wrote:

No, americanguy – what you should trust is the endless stream of video that clearly shows an astronomical object decaying as it pushes further into the atmosphere, just before it finally yields to the laws of physics and blows apart. (WITHOUT any converging contrails that, say, an intercepting missile would leave…)

I’m with the posters above – you waste no effort on intellect. BUT – I encourage you to post at will, endlessly entertaining!! Got It?

Feb 15, 2013 6:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DavidinWY wrote:

This air burst made the effect of the event worse then if it whould have come down in one piece. That’s why we don’t let nukes explode on the ground, they blow them at 5,000 feet so the shock wave pushes the atmosphere towards the earth like a battering ram. I haven’t heard if there was any planes in the air near the event, I would not have wanted to be a pilot around here!

Feb 15, 2013 7:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DavidinWY wrote:

americanguy is completely wrong in assuming there was anything military, or nuclear about this clearly natural event. The object was to small, and traveled to fast (17,500 mph) to track and had no heat trail until it hit the atmosphere. Not everything bad that happens is caused by one government or the other. No agency is currently or has ever tried to track all objects moving around out there in space nor are any being planned.
There is no technology out there that even could track all objects out there, these things are dark, cold and moving fast, they come from every direction and have their own orbits around our star. We are LUCKY they are out there, we wouldn’t be here if they weren’t.

Feb 15, 2013 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@Americanguy

I think you went loco with this conspiracy. A swing and a miss. What did you think would happen when 10 tonnes of compressed iron explodes due to massive pressure?

Feb 15, 2013 10:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:

To all you conspiracy whack-o’s – It was a meteorite. The very same meteorite that experts had been tracking for a long time. The very same one that astronomers, sky watchers, and students around the world were tracking through telescopes.

Feb 15, 2013 11:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

They are not telling the truth:

“NASA Russian meteorite blast explained: Fireball explosion equal to 20 Hiroshimas” (300 KT)
“The object, which was several meters in diameter (6 feet).. and weighed 10 tons”
Let’s look at scientific facts:
6 CUBIC feet (maximum possible size stated; 1 CF of iron weighs 450
pounds) of iron weighs less than 1.5 tons (NASA). To weigh 10 metric tons, it would have to be over 30 cubic feet, but that would mean it was well within Russian defensive detection limits and Russian radar would have detected it entering the atmosphere, which they said did not because it was “so small”.

The known KT yield of a meteorite explosion is about 1 KT per 16 tons.
Now let’s compare to the meteor that exploded off California in 2012 as a fact check:

NASA: “The fireball was probably the size of a minivan (300 cubic feet) weighing about 154,300 pounds, estimated Bill Cooke, a specialist in meteors at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
At the time of disintegration, he said it probably released energy equivalent to a 5-kiloton explosion.
The nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 15 kilotons.”

For the so called meteorite in Russia to have a yield of 300KT, it would have to weigh over 9,000,000 pounds. To weigh that much, the meteorite would have to be about the size of a 1500 square foot house.
Does anyone in their right mind think the meteorite was that huge? Does anyone think every advanced country in world would not have easily detected a 1500 square foot building coming towards earth well in advance? That is the size of a small asteroid.

The lowest yield of a selectable tactical nuclear weapon is 300 Kiltons(used on some defensive missile systems and most tactical nuclear weapons).
And a wild coincidence, the blast was 300 KT!
We have a “meteor” 1/7 the size of the one in California, but with an explosive yield 60 times higher. IMPOSSIBLE according to the laws of physics.

Based on known physics, and the weight and KT yield of the exploding meteorite in Russia, it had to be a type of nuclear detonation.
Either one from the tip of a defensive missile, or caused by some other source.
Ignore physics and believe them, that’s fine with me kiddies.
They are lying.

Feb 15, 2013 11:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
elderlybloke wrote:

This object would have been travelling at about 30 Km/Sec and I doubt that any radar could detect that and report to Base before it became Blinding obvious

Strange though that none of the experts reporting here have used the term UFO..

Feb 16, 2013 3:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
elderlybloke wrote:

This object would have been travelling at about 30 Km/Sec and I doubt that any radar could detect that and report to Base before it became Blinding obvious

Strange though that none of the experts reporting here have used the term UFO..

Feb 16, 2013 3:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
NeilMcGowan wrote:

Americanguy, you win Asshole Of The Year award.

Now shut your idiot scum mouth.

Feb 16, 2013 5:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

AmericanDude says: “They are not telling the truth”

The are more holes in your post than a 6 foot block of swiss cheese.

Question:

If a object is 6 feet in diameter how many cubic feet is that?

Your answer: 6 cubic feet

“To weigh 10 metric tons, it would have to be over 30 cubic feet”

Once you figure out how many cubic feet are in an object that is 6 feet in diameter you might change your statements.

“it was well within Russian defensive detection limits and Russian radar”

Sure it was. But the object was traveling at 33,000 mph. The 540 miles a minute and 48,500 feet per second. So by the time the object hit the atmosphere and exploded due to heat and pressure was less that 15 seconds.

Feb 16, 2013 10:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

“For the so called meteorite in Russia to have a yield of 300KT”

Most articles state:

“The energy released when it entered the Earth’s atmosphere was equivalent to a few kilotonnes”

A few is not 300.

More like 2 or 3.

Feb 16, 2013 10:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

DavidinWY wrote:

“This air burst made the effect of the event worse then if it would have come down in one piece.”

I’m not so sure about that Dave. If that ten tonne chunk of mostly metal hit the ground in the city(1 million+ population) at the speed it was traveling it probably would have killed thousands of people.

Feb 16, 2013 11:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
SpiritBear wrote:

What exploded over Siberia in 1908 and caused the Tunguska Crater was not a meteorite. Whatever it was, it followed a controlled flight path. This is well documented information. I hope they are able to recover the largest chunk of this thing from Thursday, I would be interested to see pictures of it. If it was actually a meteorite, why wasn’t it detected on approach? Why were strategic defense satelites unable to destroy it in space before it entered the atmosphere? Why don’t governments ever tell the truth? …And, most importantly, should we be expecting more events of this nature in the imediate future?

Feb 16, 2013 1:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

“What exploded over Siberia in 1908 and caused the Tunguska Crater was not a meteorite”

That could be true in might have been a comet which is different in composition than a asteroid.

“Whatever it was, it followed a controlled flight path”

In 1908 radar wasn’t even invented yet and any eye witnesses wouldn’t know what a controlled flight path was anyways.

“why wasn’t it detected on approach?”

There are literaly millions of objects out there orbiting the sun that can eventually cross orbits with the earth. Objects of this size are very hard to detect and to tell you the truth barely a concern for NASA since they don’t have the money to track such objects.

“Why weren’t strategic defense satelites unable to destroy it in space before it entered the atmosphere?”

If there are Strategic Defense Platforms in orbit a small object 10-50 feet in diameter moving at 33,000 mph would have to be in just the right position even to take a wild shot.

“should we be expecting more events of this nature in the immediate future?”

Yes of this nature and others.

Feb 16, 2013 3:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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