The meteor strike last week made more people realize the prevalence of dash-cams in Russia. I’d seen shocking vehicle footage on YouTube before, one of a brick flying from a truck and killing a passenger in a car going the other way. The Guardian put together an assortment of unusual vehicle incident videos. The one of the car being hung up on the street car wire is particularly unusual, as are the two with jets. Unfortunately one with a jet, is a crash, where four on the plane died. I’d be more than a little terrified if a hail of debris suddenly washed over the highway in front of me (with a wheel hitting the car in front too).
Shocking, exciting news from Russia early this morning as coincidentally [because they were on different orbits reports CBC Radio] on the same day a major 50m asteroid (2012 DA14) is set to fly by Earth, a meteorite has struck Russia. Reports are that there are injuries, which have been very rare for meteorite impacts until now.
The camera person nearly lost their poop. Sonic boom of doom, anyone?
[UPDATE: dead link youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c-0iwBEswE&w=560&h=315%5D
One of my dreams in life is to shoot a video at least this awesome, of a fireball.
A lot of unlikely, and wrong details in this RT early report.
There is confirmation from scientists that the report of the Russians “shooting” this down are erroneous boasting.
NBC has some more video, and the following video that streamed for me was about 2012 DA14 which flies by later today and has no chance of an impact with our surface or atmosphere. We’ll be talking about the Chelyabinsk meteorite for a long time after today.
Watch this one to the end, it has more sonic booming. It gives a sense of how far that sound wave had to travel to hit at the camera.
RT has photos of smashed windows, and a hole in a brick building.
“Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said the meteorite was travelling at a speed of 30 kilometres per second and that such events were hard to predict. The Interior Ministry said the meteorite explosion had cased a sonic boom.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said 514 people had sought medical help, mainly for light injuries caused by flying glass, and that 112 of those were kept in hospital. Search groups were set up to look for the remains of the meteorite.”
FRIDAY Morning CST: Fragments may have fallen into a frozen lake. Fragments of a meteorite were found on a Saskatchewan pond’s icy surface several years ago after video helped lead searchers to the area.
UPDATE: At 10AM CST, the Russians are reporting 985 injuries took place. I feel bad about all of the people who rushed to windows to see the flash of light, and wound up with a face full of exploding glass as the shockwave hit. It would be me too, if I’d been there, and hadn’t had a quick way out onto a balcony. Duck and Cover isn’t drilled into me.
ADDED: Compilation video including some with windows breaking off screen.
ADDED: This is one of the more amazing ones I’ve found:
Perhaps we should be calling the revolution underway in Egypt the Wheat Revolution. This report from August highlights the precarious position Egypt was put into when Russia declined to export wheat to the African country, triggering a crisis 5 months later, one month after Egypt said its stockpile of wheat would be exhausted in a crisis.
Meanwhile, protesters returned yesterday in huge numbers, including women and children, as you can see in this video.
“It was a sweet day when I realized that legal and illegal had nothing to do with right and wrong.”
The protests have been poo-pooed by many media organizations, but they continue even after reports of ‘life returning to normal’ were pushed out in recent days. As you can see, life will not return to normal in Egypt, unless the revolution is put down.
GregMitch Greg Mitchell
AJE report from square: people will not go home if Mubarak quits but other demands not met–and people consider Suleiman ‘enemy’ & must go.
The US Government secretly lobbied the Russians to continue to allow Visa and MasterCard to make billions of dollars in Russia. If those two companies knew this (and reasonably they would have), that may explain why they were so eager to toss WikiLeaks under the bus and pull the rug out from under the media organization’s fund raising on the Internet.
If you’re using a US Air Force computer, you’ve been censored to the point where you can’t read a major UK newspaper, among other newspapers that have published vetted WikiLeaks cables. Now, you probably can’t read my blog either.
Not surprisingly (but disappointingly), Time proclaimed Facebook’s creator as Person of the Year, despite Julian Assange’s greater number of public votes, and larger journalistic impact. I’m not sure bringing Farmville to workplaces and homes counts as a greater achievement. Zuckerberg might be close to qualifying when he spends time in jail for helping to leak government secrets of lies and crimes, instead of restricting the communication of those who help spread truth and news.
Michael Moore makes me regret I didn’t spend a few hours, and $1000 of my own money to help bail out Julian Assange, if the deed was open to anyone in the world with some money and a strong belief in the free press.