Friday, February 15, 2013

Meteorite impact rocks the Russian landscape

Numerous sources are reporting on a bolide meteorite that impacted near Chelyabinsk Russia, where is shook the ground and injured hundreds. The USGS has reported tremors equivalent to a 2.7 magnitude earthquake. Compare that to the 1908 Tunguska meteor blast, which flattened 80 million trees in Siberia with a blast estimated to be the a magnitude 5.0 (Via Space.com; I couldn't find a report on the USGS site).

And, no, this had nothing to so with Asteroid 2012 DA14, which is passing our neck of the woods today.

Luckily for us, dashcams are prevalent there too.  Here are two shots by Nasha Gazeta/AP, as posted on National Geographic News. The photo showing the trail is worthy of any Hollywood disaster movie.


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