Meteorite fragments rain down on Russia: 1100 injuries reported; force of 20 atomic bombs

Large fireball blazes a trail through the sky over Russia. The trail of a falling object is seen above an apartment block in Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Friday in an image taken from video.
February 15, 2013 SIBERIA - Bright objects, tentatively identified as fragments of a meteorite, streaked through the sky in western Siberia early on Friday, accompanied by a boom that damaged buildings across a vast swath of territory. Around 500 people were reported to have been injured, most from breaking glass. Emergency officials had reported no deaths by Friday afternoon but said that 14 people had been hospitalized. Yelena Smirnykh, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Emergency Situations, told Ekho Moskvy radio that she believed the meteorite broke apart and fell in several places. Another government expert, who spoke to Moscow FM radio station, said he believed it may have been a bolide, a type of fireball meteor that explodes in the earth’s atmosphere because of its composition or angle of entry and can be observed from the ground. 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 anyway related. Video clips from the city of Chelyabinsk showed an early morning sky illuminated by a brilliant flash, followed by the sound of breaking glass and multiple car alarms. Meteorites typically cause sonic booms as they enter the earth’s atmosphere. On Friday, the force was powerful enough to shatter dishes and televisions in people’s homes. “I saw a flash in the window, turned toward it and saw a burning cloud, which was surrounded by smoke and was going downward – it reminded me of what you see after an explosion,” said Maria Polyakova, 25, head of reception at the Park-City Hotel in Chelyabinsk, which is 950 miles east of Moscow. A video made outside a building in Chelyabinsk captured the astonished voices of witnesses who were uncertain what it was they had just seen. “Maybe it was a rocket,” said one man, who rushed outside onto the street along with his co-workers when the object hit, far out of sight. A man named Artyom, who spoke to the Moscow FM radio station, said the explosion was enormous. “I was sitting at work and the windows lit up and it was as if the whole city was illuminated, and I looked out and saw a huge streak in the sky and it was like that for two or three minutes and then I heard these noises, like claps,” he said. “And then all the dogs started barking.” He said that there was a blast that caused balconies to shake and windows to shatter. He said he did not believe it was a meteorite. “We are waiting for a second piece, that is what people are talking about now,” he said. There were reports that falling objects were visible as far away as Yekaterinburg, 125 miles southeast of Chelyabinsk. The government response on Friday was huge. Seven airplanes were deployed to search for places where meteorites might have fallen and more than 20,000 people dispatched to comb the area on foot, according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations. There were also 28 sites designated to monitor radiation. No unusual readings had been detected, the ministry reported. The area around Chelyabinsk is also home to “dozens of defense factories, including nuclear factories and those involved in production of thermonuclear weapons,” said Vladimir Lipunov, an astrophysicist at the Shternberg State Astronomy Institute. –NY Times
Force of an atomic bomb: A meteor streaked through the sky and exploded Friday over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring more than 750 people. The spectacle deeply frightened thousands, with some elderly women declaring the world was coming to an end. The meteor — estimated to be about 10 tons — entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement. It released the energy of several kilotons above the Chelyabinsk region, the academy said. Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time, just after sunrise, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash. “There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1 million about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow. “We saw a big burst of light, then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. The explosions broke an estimated 100,000 square meters (more than 1 million square feet) of glass, city officials said. The city administration said 758 people sought medical care after the explosions and most were injured by shards of glass. Athletes at a city sports arena were among those cut up by the flying glass. It was not immediately clear if any people were struck by space fragments. Another Chelyabinsk resident, Valya Kazakov, said some elderly women in his neighborhood started crying out that the world was ending. City officials said 3,000 buildings in the city were damaged by the shock wave, including a zinc factory where part of the roof collapsed. -Yahoo
“My heart is still beating 200 heartbeats a minute! … I saw this terrible flash, it was red-orange! My eyes are still hurting,” a witness from Chelyabinsk wrote on a local web forum. “I turned off all the lights, sat the kids on a couch and waited… Oh, my God, I thought the war had begun.” While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, it exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs. Luckily, “the atmosphere absorbed the vast majority of that energy,’ said Amy Mainzer, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The meteorite arrived just hours before an asteroid named the 2012 DA14 was due to come within 17,000 miles of Earth at 2:24 p.m. ET, a record close-approach for an asteroid this size. Jim Green, NASA’s director of planetary science, called the back-to-back celestial events an amazing display. “This is indeed very rare and it is historic,” he said on NASA TV. “These ireballs happen about once a day or so, but we just don’t see them because many of them fall over the ocean or in remote areas.”

An 8 meter diameter hole in Chebarkul Lake said to have been made by meteorite debris. Photo by Chebarkul town head Andrey Orlov. -RT News
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51 Responses to Meteorite fragments rain down on Russia: 1100 injuries reported; force of 20 atomic bombs

  1. Dennis E. says:

    And this incident occurred near a former major Soviet Nuclear Weapon Development Center that reports say is highly contaminated. I remember previous blogs being posted that the area of the galaxy our system has moved into is a denser part of the milky way and we can expect an increase in meteorites or being struck?……….I hope this isn’t an indication of what’s to or could come.
    Suppose this had been a direct hit on this city and the object was the size of a bus.

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    • And no warning…no sirens…despite all our technology. Even cellphones stopped working; so you couldn’t even make calls. Science and technology will fail us in Earth’s most crucible hour.

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      • Brandon says:

        Alvin, I completely agree that would fabric of society is just a thin veil which can be torn down at any moment. I saw this event in Russia and immediately thought about the Asteroid fly by later this afternoon. According to a telegraph article I posted on my blog they are saying this one was flying from another direction. Seems a bit to coincidental to me…

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        Well, the dangers from these rocks are apparent, and I’ve been saying this for years. Earth’s luck is going to running out sooner or later. We’re sitting in the asteroid junkyard of the universe. It’s a miracle of miracle, this planet, with its paper thin atmosphere, has survived for this long. These meteors and comets may also be radioactive, could contain a lethal virus, or could spew noxious compounds of deadly cyanide gas, like Comet Hartley 2- so the potential hazards of them crashing into the planet, or even making close swings are numerous and multi-faceted.

        “Up to now, Earth has been extremely lucky to have avoided a major disaster from incoming space objects, but one day the planet’s lucky streak will end, and Earth will face an extinction threat from deep space. The solar system is filled with rubble and debris.” -The Extinction Protocol, p. 105

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  2. Name (required) says:

    Is there any danger that this OEO (Outer Earth Object) will be pulled into the earth by the gravitation , if this object is moving within the space that is used by satelites, and its weight and depth, could its trajectory change and hit earth?

    The asteroid that hit Russia, that was not expected, correct?

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    • Im

      Correct. And the asteroid could also send other debris careening into the planet by a process of perturbation. DA14 need not hit the Earth to create a catastrophe. Someone once said, closeness only counts in horseshoes; but we may have to add another item to that list- asteroids. This is only the beginning…

      “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Luke 21:26

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      • Angelsong says:

        Alvin,
        You weren’t kidding when you said to buckle our seat belts as we do seem to be in for the ride of a lifetime! It is very surreal at times as we witness these events unfolding before our eyes. We must continue to encourage each other and to stand strong and have faith that our heavenly Father has us in the palm of His hand and He has promised us that “All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord” Romans 8:28. As you said, this is only the beginning….
        Much love and blessings <3

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      • No kidding, the RT Live news clips seems like something straight out of a science-fiction movie. You guys will be tempered and conditioned for the difficult days ahead, because you’ve been following this events for some time.

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      • Brandon says:

        I agree it’s surprising we haven’t been hit by more! However, while we do have earth changes the Lord has promised us this is our place of habitation. It’s not going anywhere.

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  3. John says:

    Prepare yourselves for the misinformation stream from conventional science news sources. “This is not related to DA14″ “Do not be alarmed” “Everything is under control” Well, it IS related. We are moving through a part of space right now that is chock full of debris. This is only the beginning. Of course, they won’t give us any warning when the big one is lined up for an earth impact. So everyone needs to be prepared now – spiritually, emotionally and physically. God’s blessings and mercy on everyone.

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    • Randal says:

      My goodness.. Wow. My heart goes out to all those injured and their families. Thank you so much Alvin. As soon as I saw this on the news this morning, I immediately jumped on here to see what you had to say about it xD I am very grateful for you and what you are trying to do. I am a daily reader, and I just want you to know you are appreciated.

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      • Thank you, Randal; as are you. My thanks to all of you for submitting the stories of what’s happening on and to the planet. We really have proven a community of the concerned is more effective than one coporate channel of talking heads.

        best regards,
        Alvin

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    • Mark Taylor says:

      I had the same thought John… The dis-information media has already kicked into high gear on this incident. You have to wonder, does the truth EVER come out? To the general public, no. “Legitimate” science is just another spoke in the wheel of the propaganda bureau.

      Regarding the meteor itself… This is the most spectacular, thrilling, and frightening thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine the shock and horror of those who experienced it firsthand.

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  4. This wasn’t THE DA14 tho correct??? So many are saying it is. Personally, I think if it were 2012 DA14, there would have been much more damage etc. Sigh, spreading rumors is just as bad as disinformation. It makes us look like we’re the ones trying to do the things we accuse the “powers that be” of doing. Getting facts, evidence, concrete proof is what we must do.

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  5. nanoduck says:

    Asteroids typically travel in groups, so it would not surprise me if the small ones hitting us are related to the bigger one making a close pass. Despite what NASA says, I think there is a chance that it would hit us. We know so little about our gravitional/electricial field aroundd our planet, and there are pockets that are more stronger. So there is a chance that it would pull that asteroid in closer. While 50 meter is not that big, it still can cause lot of damage because when it enters atmosphere, it becomes superheated and can explode. We will see how it goes tonight…perhaps it will pass without any incident….or not.

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  6. Joseph t. Repas says:

    Hi Alvin! Is it known where the 2012 DA14 originated? If the solar system in general drifting into a different gravity pattern I suppose nearby asteroid belts could be pulled out of orbit into the path of other nearby planets?

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      Density of asteroid field within orbital radius of Jupiter

      Well, that’s the interesting problem because these rocks can come out of anywhere; even the orbit of stable planets. Trojan asteroids can be ejected out of planetary orbits and can become errant death bullets, streaming through the solar system. If you have appreciable mass, as Earth does; that makes you a gravitational attractor of sorts for these rock bodies of mass. Earth really is in a kill zone. So, Earth can be impacted virtually anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning, as with what happened from this incident in Russia.

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  7. Carla says:

    Does anyone know what time it will be passing here in Central California

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  8. Lyndon Eaton says:

    In my opinion the meteor that hit and the one coming by today is related, it is simply too much of a coincidence. However, we don’t know if 2012 DA14 will actually hit earth. Last year when it went by it was a safe distance,and this year it is still suppose to be apx. 17,000 miles away from earth when it passes. If my memory serves me corrrectly, the meteor is closer this time than last year by about 2,000 miles. There are thousands of meteors that are in the pathway of earth as it goes around the sun. Many are small enough to burn up in the atmosphere, some could cause damage. It appears there has been an uptick in these hitting the earth the past few years. It is possible the earth has entered a zone in space where there are more meteors that could impact us.

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  9. Dan says:

    I live in Ohio and recently I saw shooting stars 3 consecutive Thursdays as I drove to work. I’m not sure but I feel we are in for more “wonders” in the sky. Are we being told to look up….?

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  10. James says:

    man, this is exciting and dreadful at the same time

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  11. mike says:

    You guys will be tempered and conditioned for the difficult days ahead, because you’ve been following this events for some time.<—-very true thank you:)

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  12. Angelsong says:

    Alvin,
    There is a posting on investmentwatchblog.com that is reporting a meteor crash in Cuba just occurred today as well…

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  13. Alvin, you are spot on with your comments, and they are very much appreciated … as are you! As everyone here has observed, things are ramping up almost at an exponential rate. Should we make it to the end of this year, I wonder what more terrifying things we’ll have seen?

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  14. romalynn says:

    I agree with some here that these are related. I think for us to rely on what the so called scientists etc tell us is not good. We have been told in our bibles what to watch for, and that is where our hearts and heads should be. Believe in what Jesus and His word tells us. Many things are lining up for all prophecies to be fulfilled. Our blessed Hope, the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, what wonders to behold. Praying for of those who have not accepted salvation in HIM, as time and events are running at high gear.

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    • ADS says:

      Alvin, I first found your site several months ago, and now check it everyday. Thank you for your work and updates regarding these dramatic world events. It is so hard not to be frightened by what is going on now, and the uncertainty of what is to come, but most of all how to explain these things beyond our control to our very young children. In my heart I know I shouldn’t fear, God is in control, but it is not easy, as we see things speeding up so obviously and rapidly. I am overcome with dread. I suppose there is no way to truly be prepared, only time will tell.

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      • I’m glad you found us, ADS. Fear is uncertainty about the future, and that’s one thing we do know about more than the masses, who have lived in relative indifference and unconcern that our dynamic world is shifting and changing. Our purpose knowing, is to look from the present into the future- which means we have some role to play in it. These events are alarming but none of us should be afraid of them. Each day draws us nearer to a new world of change and beauty. These may be the times that try men souls, as Paine said, but at least we know who is there to redeem ours.

        Stand, and be of good courage (Matt 28:20)
        Love, Alvin

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  15. GetReal says:

    All I can say is WOW! What an exciting time to be alive & being witness to the book of Revelation actually being manifested in our lifetimes. My thoughts & prayers go out to all of those affected by this. And thank you EP for your coverage of this, between you & your readers I get more in-depth & factual info than on any other major news network.

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  16. Wiseguy says:

    Like you said, feel like I’m watching a Sci-Fi movie right now, it’s on local journal, local news…Well, it’s all good, more and more people will wake up slowly and be prepare for the next run of quakes and weather anomalies. But I wonder why the cellphone lines were disrupted, too much calls at the same time or the meteor created an electromagnetic wave when it compressed the atmosphere (electric universe)… Interesting time indeed…

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  17. tonic says:

    The area around Chelyabinsk is also home to “dozens of defense factories, including nuclear factories and those involved in production of thermonuclear weapons,” said Vladimir Lipunov.

    Sounds like it could have been so much worse.
    Incredible footage, showing just how unprepared the world is, if a spate of these were ever to occur. Cover your ears, and stay away from glass was what I learned.

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  18. NickK0 says:

    Didn’t ‘The Man’ say something, about ‘signs in the sky’ ??

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  19. starcrow says:

    Absolutely. We are seeing signs right before our eyes. It is a spiritual wake up call for the world. Ever since that lightning hit after the Pope resigned, I believe things are going to be coming faster and more furiously. I believe God is seriously disappointed with the evil of this world:( We are living in truly scary times, but I have my faith. People HAVE “waxed cold”. And it is a time to truly repent. And yet I see so many that are skeptical STILL! I can only feel pity for them:( And lightning hit two days before Ash Wed. Too coincidental, if you ask me.

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  20. starcrow says:

    There are reports that one has landed In Cuba, although I am not sure if it is true?

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  21. Leon Cane says:

    A friend of mine that lives near the Assumption Area of LA, tells me that the sinkhole their has grown. Also, strange noises coming from sinhole.

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  22. Penny says:

    I cannot imagine how frightening it must have been for these people since the asteroid was not expected. With all the equipment and technology we supposedly have in space one would have thought that this asteroid would have been picked up somewhere. I certainly pray that those who were injured were not seriously so. What interesting times we live in Alvin. It seems the Lord’s approach is much closer that we think. Please keep up the good work. Your site gives us the news behind the news. Blessings to all.

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  23. devlin says:

    do we have a confirmation that it was actually a meteorite? I mean from the videos I can just see something flying, and making big noise….can this be a missile?

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    • grace says:

      Could be anything…one thing’s for sure, we wont be told the truth. As with the current horse meat situation in Britain, too many people believe what’s printed on the packaging! Question, question, then question some more.

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  24. Ian says:

    very lucky no-one was killed or badly injured, but it is a pity the meteor landed in a lake, it will be more difficult to reach to research

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  25. starcrow says:

    http://www.claycenter.org. This is the Clay Center Observatory. Can’t believe watching the asteroid live! Saw like a falling star came pretty close, but I am sure it is far away. Going back to watch!

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  26. Suzan says:

    Our best defense would be for mainstream news to inform us better on geological events as well as astronomical events instead of constantly downplaying each individual threat or event especially the unexplainable ones including booms and sinkholes. I’ve heard it said that the news does not want to create a panic but today in Russia a different kind of panic was averted when one politician thought it was an air strike from the U.S.

    “Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist leader noted for his vehement statements, blamed the Americans.
    “It’s not meteors falling. It’s the test of a new weapon by the Americans,” the RIA Novosti news agency quoted him as saying. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the incident showed the need for leading world powers to develop a system to intercept objects falling from space. “At the moment, neither we nor the Americans have such technologies” to shoot down meteors or asteroids, he said, according to the Interfax news agency. ”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/15/meteorite-streaks-across-russian-urals_n_2691904.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=021513&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FeatureTitle&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

    Our best defense would be for mainstream news to

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  27. Irene C says:

    The mainstream media will never tall us what is going on. They want to show us enough sensationalism to boost their rating but not enough to keep us informed or cause panic. I was watching the video of this meteor on The Weather Channel. Amazing. This would have been devastating had it hit a major city. All I can think of is – not if but but when. Then I looked up the recent meteor in Cuba, I agree that we are coming into a “busy” part of the Milky Way. This will be frightening for those who are not watching.

    Luke 21:26
    Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

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  28. prayntongues says:

    I’m wondering why many of the meteorite vids posted on YouTube were filmed on a dash cam? It seemed many people “happened” to be driving in the direction where the meteorite zipped across the sky? I’m grateful that it was not mistaken for a missile! Anyhow, isn’t it almost Spring Fireball Season?

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  29. Kris says:

    I agree with all the thrilling and incredible moments of feelings that are involved living this times….and hope that we turn to our Saviour…Jesus Christ…read the lifes of the holy people….But i had one question that made me comment here….(watching this website for about 3 years now-not necessarily related)…why did you changed it to 20 atomic bombs instead of 1 ?i know the blast was big but that big ?i can’t even imagine 20 atomic bombs exploding..1 maybe…i heard that rumour with the weapons but i dont believe it…still…if you get a very close footage of Da14 it would be nice..all we could see was a dot of light…which is nice…and extraordinary but thats what the people get….anyway…much love for all of you who are living this life in this times,and i hope in our every day life to lose ourselfs to God…because that sense of loseness…actually regains us…

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  30. Suzan says:

    Hi Alvin,

    Could you tell me more about your post:
    True…the show may be just beginning. What exploded over Tungunska in 1908 could not have been a meteor…

    What really exploded over Tungunska? Was I mistaken thinking it was a meteorite?

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      The official NASA explantion for why the Tunguska object annhilated itself in mid-air

      We don’t know what it was and an official explanation is still somewhat inconclusive. NASA’s explanation of why the object completely disintegrated without a trace also does not hold up to scientific scruitny:

      “It is estimated the asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere traveling at a speed of about 33,500 miles per hour. During its quick plunge, the 220-million-pound space rock heated the air surrounding it to 44,500 degrees Fahrenheit. At 7:17 a.m. (local Siberia time), at a height of about 28,000 feet, the combination of pressure and heat caused the asteroid to fragment and annihilate itself, producing a fireball and releasing energy equivalent to about 185 Hiroshima bombs.” -NASA website

      http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30jun_tunguska/

      For one, if the object fragmented; it could not have annhilated itself. Some claim to have found fragments of a rock….if that is the case; the object wasn’t obliterated in the blast. So, we’re still left with an intriguing mystery as to what exactly precipitated the sequence of events over Russia in 1908.

      Alvin

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    • nickk0 says:

      The ‘other’ possibility, is that the Tunguska object, was a comet, or a fragmentary remnant of one.
      (As opposed to being ‘just’ a meteorite)

      ‘Materially’ and ‘compositionally’ speaking, I am not sure that a comet would be much different than a meteorite or asteroid … Unless one follows the ‘electric theory’ of comets.

      http://www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2006/arch06/060203tunguska2.htm

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