Russian Meteor Leaves Trail of Damage Across Region

Ria Novosti, February 15

Buildings across Russia’s Chelyabinsk Region were damaged by falling meteorite particles and the shock waves and sonic booms caused by them, Russian officials said on Friday morning.

A roof and wall partly collapsed at a zinc factory in Chelyabinsk Region after it was struck by the shock wave from the meteorite, the Interior Ministry reported. The officials did not specify which factory it was.

The factory has continued working normally despite the damage, the regional government said in an online statement.

South Ural State University has cancelled classes for at least two days due to damage to its buildings.

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However, the governor of the Chelyabinsk district reported that a search team had found an impact crater on the outskirts of a city about 50 miles west of Chelyabinsk, which would indicate the meteor did not explode in the atmosphere. An official from the Interior Ministry told Interfax that three large pieces of meteorite debris had been retrieved in the area and that 10,000 police officers are searching for more.

A small asteroid, known as 2012 DA14, is expected to pass close to earth later on Friday, NASA reported on its Web site. It was not clear whether the meteorite event in the Ural Mountains was in any way related.

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    • I think it was built into the WordPress startup as anti-spam- but you can get round it by putting the second link in a separate reply to yourself

  • CNN“The latest estimate is that the Chelyabinsk meteor was about 56 feet (17 meters) across, weighed more than 700,000 tons and was moving about 18 kilometers per second (40,000 mph) when it blew apart”

    “The meteor that exploded over the steppes of southwestern Russia sent a low-frequency rumble bouncing through the Earth, giving scientists new clues about the biggest cosmic intruder in a century.

    The big boom over Chelyabinsk on February 15 also produced a wave of sound thousands of times lower than a piano’s middle C — far below the range of human hearing, according to the international agency that watches for nuclear bomb tests. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization said that sound wave showed up on sensors from Greenland to Antarctica, making it the largest ever detected by its network.”

  • Did You See It?

    A meteor―or something that looked like one―was visible entering the Earth’s atmosphere shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, according to numerous unconfirmed reports.

    Norristown Patch, By David Powell, March 22

    From Boston to the Carolinas on Friday night, there were hundreds of unconfirmed reports on Twitter and other social media outlets of a meteor-like object visibly re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere shortly before 8 p.m.

    Montgomery County resident E. Steven Collins said he saw the meteor moving quickly across the sky, and told the Washington Post’s “Capital Weather Gang” that the meteor was “Bright. Orange. Blue. White. Silver. Totally streaking by the sky light!”

    Experts: Probable meteor spotted along East Coast

    BOSTON (WHDH) — A flash of light that experts are saying was probably a meteor was seen streaking across the sky along the East Coast Friday night.

    Since 8 p.m., there have been at least 350 reports from Virginia to Boston of a possible meteor sighting.

    I dunno, kinda looks like the initial starship from Star Wars (or was it Spaceballs ?) in this video:

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