Was anyone really surprised that a meteor exploded over Russia this morning? The fact that a large meteor (meteorite? is there a difference?) entered the atmosphere and exploded causing a huge shock wave to blow out windows and set off car alarms is pretty novel … but as soon as I found out it happened in Russia, it just seemed natural (on a scale of the Republicans blocking Chuck Hagel’s nomination as zero surprise to the pope resigning as pretty surprising, it’s in the middle). It gives the “meanwhile in Russia” meme new life, I’m sure.
Amateur video posted online (and embedded below) shows some awesome scenes of the fireball streaking across morning the sky, lighting everything up like it was noon. Then there are the videos showing the massive sonic boom that rocked the area less than a minute later. The blast was so strong it shattered glass, set off car alarms, and even partially caved in the roof at a zinc factory. Nearly 1,000 people were injured from the event, mostly from flying glass.
The pictures we have from our partners ITAR-Tass and others, show the contrail left over from the meteor’s path and explosion (the pictures remind me of a space shuttle taking off). They also show a lot of the damage, with many windows blown out, building debris on the roads and sidewalk, and people sweeping up massive amounts of glass.
Check out the photos we have in this post, then head back to Newscom to see more pictures of the Russian meteor.
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