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Old 02-15-2013, 11:14 PM
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A meteor exploded in the skies above Russia’s Urals region, sending a shock wave that shattered windows, hurting about 100 people.

The meteor disintegrated above Chelyabinsk at about 7:25 a.m. Moscow time, the Emergencies Ministry’s division in the Urals district said today on its website. Burning streaks lit up the sky, caught by drivers on dashboard cameras and posted on YouTube.

“A serious meteor fell,” billionaire Sergey Galitskiy, chief executive officer of OAO Magnit, Russia’s biggest food retailer by value, said in a post on his Twitter Inc. account. “At our hypermarket in Emanzhelinsk, windows were blown out, the roof shook, there was a strong shock wave.”

More than 100 people have reported injuries, mostly from broken glass, Vadim Kolesnik, a ministry official, said by phone. None were serious or required hospitalization, according to the ministry.

Russia’s public health chief Gennady Onishchenko closed schools in the Chelyabinsk region, Interfax said. Radiation is within normal levels and power systems are working as usual, the Emergencies Ministry’s regional division said on its website.

As many as 20,000 emergency staff and three aircraft have been deployed in the Urals region, the ministry said.

OAO MegaFon said in a statement it was experiencing difficulties with wireless services in the Chelyabinsk region and is using backup roaming with other operators.

OAO Mobile TeleSystems’s equipment hasn’t been damaged and its network is operating, even after phone traffic in the Chelyabinsk region surged as much as 10-fold, MTS spokeswoman Valeria Kuzmenko said by phone today.
More than 100 injured by meteor in Russia - latimes.com


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Old 02-15-2013, 11:21 PM
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Meteorite hits Russian Urals: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, up to 1,200 injured
Published: 15 February, 2013, 08:36
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Russia’s Urals region has been rocked by a meteorite explosion in the stratosphere. The impact wave damaged several buildings, and blew out thousands of windows amid frigid winter weather. Hundreds have sought medical attention for minor injuries.


Around 1200 people have sought medical attention in Chelyabinsk alone because of the disaster, the region's governor Mikhail Yurevich told RIA Novosti. Over 110 of them have been hospitalized and two of them are in heavy condition. Among the injured there are 159 children, Emergency ministry reported.

Army units found three meteorite debris impact sites, two of which are in an area near Chebarkul Lake, west of Chelyabinsk. The third site was found some 80 kilometers further to the northwest, near the town of Zlatoust. One of the fragments that struck near Chebarkul left a crater six meters in diameter.

Servicemembers from the tank brigade that found the crater have confirmed that background radiation levels at the site are normal.

Experts working at the site of the impact told Lifenews tabloid that the fragment is most likely solid, and consists of rock and iron.

A local fisherman told police he found a large hole in the lake’s ice, which could be a result of a meteorite impact. The site was immediately sealed off by police, a search team is now waiting for divers to arrive and explore the bottom of the lake.

Samples of water taken from the lake have not revealed any excessive radioactivity or foreign material.


Russian space agency Roskosmos has confirmed the object that crashed in the Chelyabinsk region is a meteorite:

“According to preliminary estimates, this space object is of non-technogenic origin and qualifies as a meteorite. It was moving at a low trajectory with a speed of about 30 km/s.”

According to estimates by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the space object weighed about 10 tons before entering Earth’s atmosphere.

A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from space objects such as asteroids or comets, ranging in size from tiny to gigantic.

When a meteorite falls on Earth, passing through the atmosphere causes it to heat up and emit a trail of light, forming a fireball known as a meteor, or shooting or falling star.

A bright flash was seen in the Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Sverdlovsk regions, Russia’s Republic of Bashkiria and in northern Kazakhstan.

The Russian army has joined the rescue operation. Radiation, chemical and biological protection units have been put on high alert. Since the explosion occurred several kilometers above the Earth, a large ground area must be thoroughly checked for radiation and other threats.

According to preliminary reports, the worst damage on the ground in Chelyabinsk was at a zinc factory, the walls and roof of which were partially destroyed by an impact wave. The city's Internet and mobile service were reportedly interrupted because of the damage inflicted near the factory.

Chelyabinsk administration’s website said nearly 3,000 buildings were damaged to varying extents by the meteor shower in the city, including 34 medical facilities and 361 schools and kindergartens. The total amount of window glass shattered amounts to 100,000 square meters, the site said, citing city administration head Sergey Davydov. The ministry also said that no local power stations or civil aircraft were damaged by the meteorite shower, and that “all flights proceed according to schedule.”

Buildings were left without gas because facilities in the city had also been damaged, an Emergency Ministry spokesperson said, according to Russia 24 news channel.

The Emergency Ministry reported that 20,000 rescue workers are operating in the region. Three aircraft were deployed to survey the area and locate other possible impact locations.


The regional Emergency Ministry denied previous unconfirmed reports by local media that the meteorite was shot by the military air defenses.

The local newspaper Znak reported the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. Quoting a source in the military, it wrote a missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.

Regnum news agency quoted a military source who claimed that the vapor condensation trail of the meteorite speaks to the fact that the meteorite was intercepted by air defenses.

Witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it seemed like an earthquake and thunder had struck at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth.

A spokesperson for the Urals regional Emergency Ministry center claimed it sent out a mass SMS warning residents about a possible meteorite shower. However, eyewitnesses said they either never received it, or got the message after the explosion had occurred. The Emergency Ministry has since denied sending out the SMS warning, and said the spokesperson that spread the false information “will be fired.”

Classes for all Chelyabinsk schools have been canceled, mostly due to broken windows. Institute students have been dismissed until next Monday. Authorities also ordered all kindergartens with broken windows to return children to their families.

Police in the Chelyabinsk region are reportedly on high alert, and have begun ‘Operation Fortress’ in order to protect vital infrastructure.

Office buildings in downtown Chelyabinsk have been evacuated. An emergency message published on the website of the Chelyabinsk regional authority urged residents to pick up their children from school and remain at home if possible.

Those in Chelyabinsk who had their windows smashed are scrambling to cover the openings with anything available – the temperature in the city is currently -6°C.

Chelyabinsk regional governor Mikhail Yurevich said that preserving the city’s central heating system is authorities’ primary goal.

“Do not panic, this is an ordinary situation we can manage in a couple of days,” the governor said in and address to city residents.

Background radiation levels in Chelyabinsk remain unchanged, the Emergency Ministry reported.


Residents of the town of Emanzhilinsk, some 50 kilometers from Chelyabinsk, said they saw a flying object that suddenly burst into flames, broke apart and fell to earth, and that a black cloud had been seen hanging above the town. Witnesses in Chelyabinsk said the city’s air smells like gunpowder.

Many locals reported that the explosion rattled their houses and smashed windows. “This explosion, my ears popped, windows were smashed… phone doesn’t work,” Evgeniya Gabun wrote on Twitter.

“My window smashed, I am all shaking! Everybody says that a plane crashed,” Twitter user Katya Grechannikova reported.

“My windows were not smashed, but I first thought that my house is being dismantled, then I thought it was a UFO, and my eventual thought was an earthquake,” Bukreeva Olga wrote on Twitter.

The Mayak nuclear complex near the town of Ozersk was not affected by the incident, according to reports. Mayak, one of the world’s biggest nuclear facilities that used to house plutonium production reactors and a reprocessing plant, is located 72 kilometers northwest of Chelyabinsk.

NASA scientists said that the incident is not connected to the approach of 2012 DA14, which measures 45 to 95 meters in diameter and will be passing by Earth tonight at around 19:25 GMT, at the record close distance of 27,000 kilometers.
Meteorite hits Russian Urals: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, up to 1,200 injured (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT


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Really cool video on RT showing moment meteor hit atmosphere and exploded in mid air .You can still see a piece from meteor still on its trajectory but i think at much reduce speed because no more glowing...Really lucky it did not pass by Fukushima ...No to Nuclear!
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HAVANA — Cuba apparently experienced a phenomenon similar to but smaller than the meteorite that detonated over Russia this week, island media reported, with startled residents describing a bright light in the sky and a loud explosion that shook windows and walls.

There were no reports of any injuries or damage such as those caused by the Russia meteorite, which sent out shockwaves that hurt some 1,200 people and shattered countless windows.

We don't have any way to deflect or stop an incoming space object like the one that hit Russia, but some scientists say we could.

In a video from a state TV newscast posted on the website CubaSi late Friday, unidentified residents of the central city of Rodas, near Cienfuegos, said the explosion was impressive.

“On Tuesday we left home to fish around five in the afternoon, and around 8:00 we saw a light in the heavens and then a big ball of fire, bigger than the sun,” one local man said in the video.

“My home shook completely,” said a woman. “I had never heard such a strange thing.”

Marcos Rodriguez, whom the video identified as a specialist in anthropology, said all signs point to a meteorite.

According to scientists, five to 10 smaller meteorites hit the planet each year. Larger events like the one over Russia are more rare, and some experts said it may have been the biggest such blast since another meteor hit Siberia in 1908.

Also Friday, residents of the San Francisco Bay Area reported seeing a fireball in the sky that scientists said was likely a piece of space rock. Another meteor in the same area last October caused a loud sonic boom.

In Cuba, a reporter on the video said a similar phenomenon was observed in 1994 elsewhere in Cienfuegos province.

It said Cuban authorities were looking for any fragments that may have fallen to the earth.
Cuban media report meteorite explosion this week akin to Russia’s, but no damage reported - The Washington Post
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No sooner do we write about the conspiracy theories flourishing on Russian social media about the meteor, which sailed over central Russia on Friday, than an actual member of the Russian government weighs in with his own. Or so the Moscow-sponsored outlet Voice of Russia says. Here’s its report:

Russia’s controversial Liberal leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has blamed Americans for today’s meteorite scare, local media report.

“Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons,” Mr. Zhirinovsky confessed to journalists.


Zhirinovsky further posited, according to the story, that new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had attempted to tell Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the “test” in advance. Lavrov has reportedly been dodging Kerry’s phone calls for a few days now.
“He was looking for Lavrov, and Lavrov was on a trip,” Zhirinovsky reportedly said of Kerry’s motivation. “He meant to warn Lavrov about a provocation against Russia.” To be clear, Zhirinovsky’s “Liberal” party is not actually particularly liberal.

It doesn’t make any sense to me, either. But Zhirinovsky is known for his nationalist, anti-Western, sometimes outlandish rhetoric, so this is not totally inconsistent with his worldview. Der Spiegel has called him a “political clown” and “radical right-wing boogie-man for the West.”

Back in 1994, in the immediate post-Soviet days of especially topsy-turvy Russian politics, the New York Times wrote of him, “Mr. Zhirinovsky can be racist, cruel, endlessly strident. But he knows how to draw a crowd and how to hold it.”

He certainly seems to have found a way to draw some attention to himself and his politics with today’s meteor event.
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A ball of light in the sky resembling a meteor was reported Sunday night by several people in Miami-Dade and Broward counties..

“Looking over the Biscayne Bay from downtown, I saw an object falling from the sky,” said Brad Greenberg, 30, of Miami in a tweet about 6:30 p.m. “At first, the object was faintly glowing and moving fast but not nearly as fast as a shooting star.”

He said the object burned bright, as though a fuse reached an explosive, and then it was gone.

“The whole thing last maybe three seconds,” he said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office reported receiving several calls claiming there were “lights in the sky.”

Jeff Kleinman, day editor of The Miami Herald, was with his daughter at the Aventura Mall when she pointed out a flash in the sky.

“We thought it was a plane going down at first or an errant firework,” Kleinman wrote in an email. “Yellow to green flash from west to east, it seemed.”

On Friday, a meteor sped through the sky over Russia and exploded about 15 miles overhead near the town of Chelyabinsk. The shockwave reportedly injured more than 1,100 people.
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I hope a really big one lands on Canberra! Fuck I would larf...
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I hope a really big one lands on Canberra! Fuck I would larf...
I wouldn't. If something the size of a bus traveling at 10's of miles per second hit Canberra, surely that would blow the whole world to bits. Kind of like shooting a football with a hand gun at close range. BOOOOOOM man. End of this planet.

We recently had this discussion during a smoke session yesterday. God could throw a meteor at us when ever he's had enough of our sins and there aint nothing we can do about it.
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A very interesting youtube video forwarded to me by a friend, please be aware of the volume of your speakers with this one. There is a huge explosion, followed by what could explain the smell of gun powder in the air as reported above.


A fiery crater reported to be from the meteorite explosion
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Below is an interesting piece of information from earlier last week which could help explain some of the paranoia coming out of Russia in the last few days since the meteorite incident.

It is indeed quite a coincidence that Russian fighter jets equipped with nuclear capabilities circled a U.S territory and then something the magnitude of this meteorite happened over Russia just days later.

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The Air Force confirms that two Russian bombers on Tuesday circled the U.S. island territory of Guam, prompting U.S. jets to scramble and respond.

Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bomber aircraft, which left in a northbound direction, said military spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender.
Bender said no further action was taken but declined to give more details, citing security reasons.

The incident occurred shortly before President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, as reported first by The Washington Free Beacon.
The newspaper also said the Russian bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.

Read more: Air Force confirms Russian jets circled US territory of Guam | Fox News

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No sooner do we write about the conspiracy theories flourishing on Russian social media about the meteor, which sailed over central Russia on Friday, than an actual member of the Russian government weighs in with his own. Or so the Moscow-sponsored outlet Voice of Russia says. Here’s its report:

Russia’s controversial Liberal leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has blamed Americans for today’s meteorite scare, local media report.

“Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons,” Mr. Zhirinovsky confessed to journalists.


Zhirinovsky further posited, according to the story, that new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had attempted to tell Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the “test” in advance. Lavrov has reportedly been dodging Kerry’s phone calls for a few days now.
“He was looking for Lavrov, and Lavrov was on a trip,” Zhirinovsky reportedly said of Kerry’s motivation. “He meant to warn Lavrov about a provocation against Russia.” To be clear, Zhirinovsky’s “Liberal” party is not actually particularly liberal.

It doesn’t make any sense to me, either. But Zhirinovsky is known for his nationalist, anti-Western, sometimes outlandish rhetoric, so this is not totally inconsistent with his worldview. Der Spiegel has called him a “political clown” and “radical right-wing boogie-man for the West.”

Back in 1994, in the immediate post-Soviet days of especially topsy-turvy Russian politics, the New York Times wrote of him, “Mr. Zhirinovsky can be racist, cruel, endlessly strident. But he knows how to draw a crowd and how to hold it.”

He certainly seems to have found a way to draw some attention to himself and his politics with today’s meteor event.
Russian parliament member says meteor was actually a U.S. weapons test
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