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: