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Meteor Shower in Russia Injures More than 250 People

In scenes reminiscent of the Hollywood movie Armageddon, a meteor shower has lit up the skies over Russia, with the shockwaves blowing out windows and injuring at least 250 people.

People in the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions reported seeing “burning objects” in the sky, which also fell on the cities of Yekaterinburg and Tyumen – a sparsely populated area of about 500km (310 miles).

About 600 sq m (6,000 sq ft) of a roof at a zinc factory collapsed, the Associated Press quoted an interior ministry spokesman as saying.

The Chelyabinsk region is Russia’s industrial heartland, an area that has many factories, a nuclear power plant and the Mayak atomic waste storage and treatment centre.

The emergencies ministry said that thousands of rescue workers had been dispatched to the area to provide help to the injured.

Officials say that the shower began after a large meteorite disintegrated above the Urals mountain range and partially burned up in the lower atmosphere – resulting in fragments falling earthwards throughout the Chelyabinsk region.

Coming just hours before the close pass of 2012 DA14, some in the region may well have been thinking the end had come as a series of massive explosive sounds echoed around the region:

  1. Meteor strike
    Good compilation, well done! If nothing else, it just shows how little can be done if a large lump of rock comes calling at 40,000 mph.

    The shallow angle of entry on this occassion seems to lessened the impact – I just wonder what would have happened if this meteor had arrived straight down…

  2. Considering that…
    …this meteorite came down in the same general area on the planet that asteroid 2012 DA14 is supposed to fly past the Earth in just a few hours, it’s hard not to think there might be some link between the two.

    1. Actually no it isn’t. If you
      Actually no it isn’t. If you look at the flightpath simulations it approaches from Antarctica, over the Indian Ocean, across the middle east. By the time it is half way over the Indian Ocean it starts going away from Earth.

      So different paths.

      Remember there is hundreds and thousands of space debris out there, not all of it is big enough to catch and record.

      1. Actually,…’re almost right. In that simulation, it moves up over the Indian Ocean, as you say–then passes up over (what appears to my eyes to be) the Eastern Europe/Western Asia region–and not far from western Russia (unless my grasp of geography has deteriorated badly). Or, I’ll put it a little differently: these things are occurring in the same *general* part of the planet (i.e. not the U.S., or South America, Hawaii, the Arctic, etc.)–not exact, no, but generally, yes. (It will be interesting to find out the specific trajectory the meteorite took; considering all the possible paths a body can take when heading towards Earth, if this one turns out to be identical to the path the asteroid is taking, then I’d say it’s reasonable to think they might have been part of the same “swarm”.)

  3. from the Humanity-is-Hir-Messenger-Dept.

    wow — do some people now have amazing stories to tell their grandkids. “i got this scar from a meteor…”

    and it looks like people in Russia would be very good UFO finders — they have their cameras at the ready before the event happens :3

    (waiting to hear the marvvy opinions blaming America, American blacks, American black women, American black women scientists, American black women scientist masons, etc etc etc)

  4. The most impressive thing
    The most impressive thing about the first compilation of videos, was noticing how NONE of the cars slowed down, made a sudden stop or a hard turn as a result of this incredible celestial event.

    Something the skeptics should think about, next time they bother to criticize a UFO clip on Youtube, merely on the basis that “people don’t react like that way when faced with an amazing sighting”.

      1. from the Awesome-Cujo-Festival-Dept.
        *giggle* oh, that movie was so delightfully horrible :3

        my Russian-now-Canadian friend says that a typical Russian way of solving a problem: 3 men want to get to the other side of a brick wall so they hit at one section of that wall with their elbow until they knock a hole in it then say problem solved.

        and the Russian sense of humour: “Life was shitty, life is shitty, life will be shitty so why not laugh?”

      1. You’re right–
        –it’s a case of media bait-and-switch. Too bad. (So when exactly did the internet cease being a source of unimpeachable, accurate information? What’s next–advertisements that lie about their products??)

  5. when s*** hits the fan
    I always watch these kind of videos in amazement and think “what is going through the mind of the observer/filmer?” mine would just be two words……I bet you can guess them ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Not sure
        The RVers described a large meteor impact, and although the global media focused heavily on the Russian story, and unfortunately there were injured as a result of the impact, the fact of the matter is that this wasn’t a big rock.

        If the meteor had fallen in Africa or an impoverished region of South America –like this story from Peru a few years ago– I doubt it would have received the same level of attention.

        So, playing devil’s advocate here for a minute, I’m not sure if you detected this event 5 years ago.

        Now, if you told me they detected the Pope’s resignation, well then… ๐Ÿ˜‰

        1. Oh, so you are saying that
          Oh, so you are saying that its pure coincidence that a once in a lifetime and last one over 100 years ago – event, just happened to occur within a six month time window as predicted by rv data five years ago.

          yes that must be the answer – coincidence ๐Ÿ˜‰

          I’m also tracking the other feedback for the project and its locations detailing the earth climate changes events – predicted five years ago by Rv here:
          – are these all coincidences as well?

          two of the rv locations Australia and Tuvalu have/are already experiencing earth/climate change as we predicted in 2008.

          Please be aware the project is ongoing and the time window for the project is from jan – June 2013.

          All the best…

          1. “Large” of course is a
            “Large” of course is a relative term. Any meteorite large enough to do what that one did is certainly extraordinary for these times. It wouldn’t matter where it fell on earth. It was “large.”

          2. from the Serious-Implications-Dept.
            Man, if RV can work reliably, repeatably and can be taught relatively easily (ie no 20 year stints in caves to learn how) then this can be a BOON to humanity.

            just think

            it would change the field of astronomy

            of physics (peer yourself into atoms…find out just what happens when an observation happens)

            biology (what is life?)


            geology (what is the composition of the earth’s core?)

            economics (if RV can work by, say, postulating ‘if i put this economic idea into play, what will the future be like?’ would be endlessly valuable. that could also help all science, pharmacology…wow)

            and much more

        2. Shirley, you can’t be serious
          Not a big rock, RPJ? The meteor was 10 tonnes when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere, and exploded with a force 33 times the Hiroshima atomic bomb. It was the biggest meteor strike in over a century, since Tunguska. That qualifies it as ‘large’ in my dojo! I know you’re 6’4″ and you could use that meteor as a basketball, but spare a thought for us hobbits! ๐Ÿ˜›

          Sure, the incredible amateur video meant the Russian event got worldwide attention; but even if it struck remote Siberia where not even the reindeer saw it, the size of the meteor and its impact wouldn’t have been any less spectacular. Even the reindeer in remotest Siberia have smartphones these days, though.

          1. 17 meters
            NASA scientists are saying the meteor was 17 meters in diameter.

            The stone that pwned the dinos? 300 km!

            Likely rocks the type of the Russian meteor are raining on us all the time, but we don’t hear about them because they fall in the ocean.

          2. from the Breaking-the-Yes/No-Divide-Dept.
            Indeed :3

            ‘All the time’: sand grain size

            ‘Few each day’: baseball/basketball

            ‘Once a week’: size of a car

            ‘Once every few months’: size of a house

            so since that’s the case, these RVers would definitely get a hit on large…

          3. Big
            Anything bigger, and we probably wouldn’t be around to argue about it. Now put it away and stop arguing about size. ๐Ÿ˜›

          4. from the Plumed-Serpent-Dept.

            after the initial RVers do their thang and draw/write their pictures, when the pictures are compared to world events, what methodologies are there to take that person’s bias into account?

  6. Russian meteor damage.
    As a recording engineer and acoustician, it is easy to explain the random nature of the damage in the city. Standing waves. The blast wave was just an extreme sound wave. As the pressure wave reflecting through the cityscape, the interaction of reflected waves caused boost and cuts in the wave force depending on where in the pressure cycle they intersected. Each wave being a spherical series of pressure compressions and rarefactions, if they interact at a point where both reflected waves are compressing, you get an increase in the pressure. If they are both in the rarefaction part of the cycle, you get a increase in the rarefaction. If they are at opposite points in the cycle, you get a nullification. When one apartment had all its windows shattered, that apartment was at a point where the pressure was maximized by standing waves. The apartment next door, where there was no damage, was at a point where wave interaction reduced or nullified the compression. From an acoustic point of view, the random damage makes perfect sense.

        1. Jump in, Canada!
          I for one would hope our Canadian friends will come to accept the usefulness of these devices. If every car in British Columbia had one of those installed, things would get more interesting in the realm of Cryptozoology ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Yes it would. So many
            Yes it would. So many sightings are from cars zipping along through the forest corridors.
            This reminds me – back in the early 1980’s my wife and I had a sort of second honeymoon in Sook Harbor, BC at a little bed and breakfast, and we would take hikes into some of the virgin timber lands nearby. I have spent a lot of time in the woods of the southern US where I grew up, but I must say the sense of being watched in those BC woods was palpable. I have never felt uneasy in the woods before that. It was damn strange – probably mostly a psychological effect of being among really giant trees and immense silence. I could see though how easy it would be to feel one was being watched by something like Sasquatch in those areas. Perhaps we actually were within the psychic mindspace of a squatch. BC is as squatchy as it gets.

          2. from the Vatican-Vatos-Chupacabra-Nigra-Dept.
            [quote=red pill junkie]I for one would hope our Canadian friends will come to accept the usefulness of these devices. If every car in British Columbia had one of those installed, things would get more interesting in the realm of Cryptozoology :)[/quote]

            ach, we would, but, alas, most of us still ride around in canoes and igloos and these cameras tend to capsize these vehicles…oh, for the innovation of the USA

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