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Old February 15 2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Russia reports amazing meteorite strike

MOSCOW — A Russian emergencies official says at least one meteorite has fallen in Chelyabinsk region.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...e64_story.html
Early reports just coming in of injuries and amazing video is already up already up as one can see below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c-0i...layer_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=1W90i4nZZAQ
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Old February 15 2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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I have a hard time believing that video is real. The reflection on the ground... it's both mystifying and terrifying.
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Old February 15 2013, 07:15 AM   #3
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If real, and the videos looked pretty real to me, the timing of this is a bit disturbing.
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Old February 15 2013, 07:20 AM   #4
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I can't imagine what I would feel if I glanced out the window to see a flaming rock that size hurling itself towards me. What are the odds it hit any populated areas? Russia is both lucky and unlucky all at once; they have a huge land mass which is sparsely populated.

None of the other news agencies seem to have picked up on this. I have a feeling that image (if real) is going to be widely circulated tomorrow.
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Old February 15 2013, 07:22 AM   #5
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Plus that blast wave, pretty damn impressive...

Lots of independent youtube vids up right now. A real phenomenon, but what it was is still open.
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Old February 15 2013, 07:27 AM   #6
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These ones look as legit as the others.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUBVjwteQ30
Now I have to bring up the other question in mind... is it customary to drive in Russia with a recording device on your dash?

Another drive by...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpRIBNAJRI

This one has chilling audio... you can really hear it land close by!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Os9T4R7Oo

Would it be the first time in recorded history that this has happened on a major scale? I found a very short list of recorded injuries, there are only 10 for the entire 20th century alone:
http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2008/0...ed-deaths.html
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Old February 15 2013, 07:32 AM   #7
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This one looks as legit as the others.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUBVjwteQ30
Now I have to bring up the other question in mind... is it customary to drive in Russia with a recording device on your dash?
I have been known here in the U.S. when I see or hear something that might be a meteor (usually it isn't) do something along those lines. I have never seen anything in the league of that scale though. At best I have seen shooting stars. Oh and I do it in such a way to avoid danger to myself and others.

It makes me wonder the odds of a few mile across space rock hit hitting Earth and if governments should invest more in tracking these rocks.
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Old February 15 2013, 07:42 AM   #8
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Holy shit! This one has the loud bang, car alarms going off, it's crazy. Seems like this one is in Chelyabinsk.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtOL5OiWTNI

A pretty major hole in the side of what looks like a factory.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgZ0aA7RUhE

It's lookin' a little too Michael Bay for Valentine's Day. Hope me Russian peeps are safe and that the Kremlin has dispatched agents to assess Decepticon activity.
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Old February 15 2013, 08:17 AM   #9
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Early reports from many many miles away from the possible impact site are reporting a large number of injuries already, the number is certain to grow.

100 injured after meteorite crashes in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — A meteor streaked across the sky over Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people.

Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement.

Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions. Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6,000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.

Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite.

Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/w...orite/1921991/
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Old February 15 2013, 08:20 AM   #10
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http://rt.com/news/meteorite-crash-u...elyabinsk-283/

Pictures and video clips:

http://zyalt.livejournal.com/722930.html
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Old February 15 2013, 08:52 AM   #11
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And yes, dashcams are "a thing" in Russia, bless them.
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Old February 15 2013, 08:53 AM   #12
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Have they found a big hunk of it in the ground?
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Old February 15 2013, 08:58 AM   #13
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Not yet.

A couple of recaps:

Planetary Society Blog

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Old February 15 2013, 09:14 AM   #14
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Bad Astronomer says this is purely coincidence that this event occurred so close in time to the passing of 2102 DA14. I don't really like pure coincidence when dealing with astronomical scales. They tend to turn out not to be so purely coincidental.

Don't read me wrong. I don't go for conspiracy/wacko theories either. I just think it's way to early to write off as coincidence without further analysis.
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Old February 15 2013, 10:37 AM   #15
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You think it was launched?
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