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EVENT: Near-Death from Above: The Russian Meteor Explosion – 2/15/13

What happened?


Fire in the sky: Nearly 1,100 injured as meteor falls in Russia

A 10-ton meteor streaked at supersonic speed over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, setting off blasts that injured nearly 1,100 people and frightened countless more.[br]

The meteor — estimated to be about 10 tons and 49 feet wide — entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph and shattered into pieces about 18-32 miles above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement. But even small asteroids pack a tremendous punch, explained Andrew Cheng of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.[br]

“It doesn’t take a very large object. A 10-meter size object already packs the same energy as a nuclear bomb,” Cheng, who led a 2000-2001 mission for NASA to orbit and land on an asteroid, told[br]

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This kind of event happens about once every ten years.[br]

Gee…maybe we should increase our sky budget???

Where did it happen?

This meteor event occurred about 930 miles east of Moscow, over the Ural Mountains, entering the atmosphere at over 33,000 miles per hour.[br]



Meteor explosion injuries will run the gamut from superficial to blunt trauma, experts say.[br]

As more than 1,000 people seek medical attention for injuries caused by a meteor explosion over Russia’s Ural Mountains Friday, experts say these injuries could range from minor eye scratches to blunt force trauma.[br]

The injuries most likely resulted from the meteor’s sonic blast, which shattered countless windows and caused falling debris. It is estimated the explosions broke more than 1 million square feet of glass.[br]

The meteor, which was assessed to be about 10 tons, entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 miles per hour. It shattered about 18 to 32 miles above the ground, according to the Russian Academy of Sciences.[br]

Chelyabinsk health official Marina Moskvicheva said about 985 people in her city had asked for medical assistance, and the Interfax news agency quoted her as saying 43 had been hospitalized. Officials said at least 258 schoolchildren were among those injured.[br]

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 “After the flash, nothing happened for about three minutes. Then we rushed outdoors. I was not alone, I was there with Katya. The door was made of glass, a shock wave made it hit us,” she said.[br]

Russian television ran footage of athletes at a city sports arena who were showered by shards of glass from huge windows. Some of them were still bleeding.[br]

Other videos showed a long shard of glass slamming into the floor close to a factory worker and massive doors blown away by the shock wave.[br]

The vast implosion of glass windows exposed many residents to the bitter cold as temperatures in the city were expected to plummet to minus 4 Fahrenheit overnight.[br]

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News Stories…[br]

NASA News on event…[br]

MEDIA ADVISORY : M13-033 — NASA Experts Discuss Russia Meteor in Media Teleconference Today[br]

 WASHINGTON — NASA experts will hold a teleconference for news media at 4 p.m. EST today to discuss a meteor that streaked through the skies over Russia’s Urals region this morning. [br]

Scientists have determined the Russia meteor is not related to asteroid 2012 DA14 that will safely pass Earth today at a distance of more than 17,000 miles. Early assessments of the Russia meteor indicate it was about one-third the size of 2012 DA14 and traveling in a different direction.  Panelists for the teleconference are:  — Bill Cooke, lead for the Meteoroid Environments Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.  — Paul Chodas, research scientist in the Near Earth Object Program Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.  News media interested in participating should dial 888-843-7186 and use the passcode METEOR. [br]

The teleconference will be carried live online at:[br]

For detailed information concerning the Earth flyby of 2012 DA14, visit:[br]


Ground Strikes….[br][br]

Some meteorite fragments fell in a reservoir outside the town of Chebarkul. The crash left a 26-foot-wide crater in the ice.[br]


The shock wave blew in more than 1 million square feet of glass, according to city officials, who said 3,000 buildings in the city were damaged. At one zinc factory, part of the roof collapsed[br]

Side Effects…blast wave, sonic boom, property destruction, etc[br]


More damage in Russia Zinc factory[br]

Below is the image of the seismic blast caused by the sonic boom. A 2.7 magnitude earthquake was measured.[br]


Warnings?  None…[br]

Russian meteorite: Why didn’t scientists see it coming?[br]

On the same day that the world’s scientists were polishing their telescopes in anticipation of asteroid 2012 DA124, a meteor broke apart over the Ural Mountains in Russia and rained down fire and debris — reportedly injuring nearly 1,000 people. So why didn’t they see this one coming?[br]

Apparently, size matters, explained Andrew Cheng of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.[br]

“It doesn’t take a very large object. A 10-meter size object already packs the same energy as a nuclear bomb,” Cheng, who led a 2000-2001 mission for NASA to orbit and land on an asteroid, told[br]

The Russian meteor — estimated to be just 10 tons and about 15 meters or 49 feet wide — entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph and shattered about 18-32 miles above the ground. It released the energy of several kilotons above the Chelyabinsk region.[br]

That’s relatively small compared with asteroid 2012 DA14, which will make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid to the Earth — about 17,150 miles — later today. And while NASA’s Near Earth Object Program and other skywatchers track thousands of larger asteroids like it, the countless smaller ones in the heavens are virtually impossible to locate.[br]

“This thing is probably pretty small compared to DA14,” explained K.T. Ramesh, professor of science and engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and founding director of Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute.[br]

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Can it get worse than this?[br]

Oh, yeah…same day…17,150 miles farther out…same size rock as Tunguska, 1908.[br]




Seems it might have been V. Putin out for a ride….[br]

putin riding meteor

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Updated: March 17, 2013 — 12:23 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at will be coming back SOON!

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