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1,000 injured as meteor falls in Russia

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A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

The spectacle deeply frightened many Russians, with some elderly women declaring that the world was coming to an end. Many of the injured were cut by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what the source was for such an intense flash of light.

The meteor -- estimated to be about 10 tons and just 2 meters across -- 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.

Amateur video 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," said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, a city of 1 million about 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 meteor released several kilotons of energy above the region, the science academy said. The shock wave blew in more than 1 million square feet of glass, according to city officials.

The meteor hit less than a day before Asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid to the Earth -- about 17,150 miles. But the European Space Agency in a tweet said its experts had determined there was no connection -- just cosmic coincidence.

The Russian meteor was probably about 2 meters across, about the size of an SUV, said Richard Binzel, a professor of Planetary Science at MIT.

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RE: 1,000 injured as meteor falls in Russia
Well, that was just a very small one at only 2 meters across.... imagine what it would be like if the asteroid that's coming this afternoon were to hit earth. That one is supposed to be half the length of a football field. Yowser, sure hope they're right in saying that it won't be a direct hit.

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Freaky!


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(02-15-2013 03:32 PM)Shastzi Wrote:  Freaky!

I'm impressed that they didn't assume the Americans were bombing them and send a retaliation.
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Well, Sean. The next running president(dictator) up for election said it was the Americans sending them the bomb.
(Yah, Russians have whacko politicians just like America does!)

You know that's not true though.
The place looks too damn good to have been hit by any weapon we have.
No incoming missile comes in that fast either.
(33,000+ miles per hour for incoming rocks, only 17,000 mph for nukes)

I hear Cuba got hit too around 10:30am same day.
I suspect the Earth was just flying through a cloud of rubble.
It happens all the time.
We usually just call them meteor showers. This one just had some really BIG clinkers in it!

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(02-16-2013 09:47 AM)Shastzi Wrote:  Well, Sean. The next running president(dictator) up for election said it was the Americans sending them the bomb.
(Yah, Russians have whacko politicians just like America does!)

You know that's not true though.
The place looks too damn good to have been hit by any weapon we have.
No incoming missile comes in that fast either.
(33,000+ miles per hour for incoming rocks, only 17,000 mph for nukes)

It reminds me of the brilliant old Duck-and-cover commercials!

It's a bomb! Duck! And cover!
I guess some "experts" figured that would save you.
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(02-16-2013 12:13 PM)Ugly Wrote:  It's a bomb! Duck! And cover!
I guess some "experts" figured that would save you.

Actually, the old 1950's advice to "Duck and Cover" would have worked quite well for this Russian event...

Many of the folks inside buildings saw the extremely bright flash of the meteor when it exploding in mid-air. They rushed to the windows to see what caused the flash of light... just in time to have the massive shock wave hit the glass and throw shards of window glass at high speed right towards their face.

The old "Duck and Cover" cartoons of the Cold War era advised people that if they saw a flash of light, don't look out the window, but duck down and cover your head & face to protect you against flying glass and other falling materials. The blast wave of both an nearby atomic explosion and of a meteor explosion like the one in Russia are pretty much the same.

Yeah, if you're at or near ground zero, the advice is useless, since the flash & shock wave happen simultaneously. But if you're a several miles from the epicenter of either an atomic or a large meteor explosion, that advice is spot-on good. Sometimes previous generations actually do know what they are talking about.

Contrary to popular belief, unless you're close to ground zero of one of these explosions, if you're inside of a well-constructed building, you do have a pretty good chance of survival. At both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the majority of residents survived the initial blast, as long as they were inside and were not located close to ground zero. Most of them simply walked out of those two cities after the bombs dropped. A pretty good percentage of the immediate survivors lived for several years beyond the attack, and quite a number of young folk lived a well into their 80's, even with the exposure to high radiation while walking out of the city. Not saying it wasn't a complete nightmare, but for many folks, it was survivable.

This is why I think it was a mistake for our country to abandon our Civil Defence Shelters that were so popular in the 50's & 60's. Even with our large hydrogen nukes today, the idea that no one will survive a nuclear attack (even a major exchange of nukes) or that "It's of no use to prepare because life won't be worth living anyway" is insane. Even after a major nuclear exchange between two countries, there will be millions of survivors who will want to continue living at all costs, and will do everything in their power to survive long-term. People don't just "give up on life" when a disaster happens.

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(02-16-2013 09:36 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote:  This is why I think it was a mistake for our country to abandon our Civil Defence Shelters that were so popular in the 50's & 60's. Even with our large hydrogen nukes today, the idea that no one will survive a nuclear attack (even a major exchange of nukes) or that "It's of no use to prepare because life won't be worth living anyway" is insane. Even after a major nuclear exchange between two countries, there will be millions of survivors who will want to continue living at all costs, and will do everything in their power to survive long-term. People don't just "give up on life" when a disaster happens.

The same will be true in the event of a meteor crash. We will know well ahead of time if it's a large asteroid. What we probably won't know until the final hours is if it'll be only a near miss. Those with shelters will be mighty glad to have them at a time like that.

Sure, many won't survive. But some might.

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A decent sized asteriod (asteriod size rock is 50 meters or larger)
effects will be unpredictable mostly worse than anything we can imagine.
Total devastation of an entire hemisphere would not be too unrealistic.
As yet, we have NOTHING to stop such an event.
Lets hope this little wake up call motivates the right people...

The Chelyabinsk event was actually lucky too in that the entry angle was quite shallow. (20 degrees)
A straight in impact would have made a crater, more like Arizona Crater, (about 1 mile in diameter)
the outcome would have been much more dire.

Lets all write our congressmen ok?
Less $$ on wars and more on Planetary Defense maybe?

If the big one hits, the wars really wont matter....

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Not meaning to sound so called religious....I think it is another sign the the END TIMES>
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