Saturday, February 16, 2013

20 times the force of Hiroshima...

***Update*** another view from space

...and here's what Hiroshima looked like right after

As I'm sure you've heard/seen/read about, a meteor hit Russia the other day with an incredible force. I've seen 20 times the force of Hiroshima, 30 times, it exploded right before it hit the ground, details are still being reported but regardless it was a big. The weird thing is how many dash cams people had running as it came down.

From the Telegraph:
The 55-foot rock, said by Nasa to have a mass of 10,000 tonnes, plunged to Earth in the Urals region on Friday morning, causing shockwaves that injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes in an event unprecedented in modern times. Nasa estimated that the energy released by the meteor's impact with the atmosphere was 500 kilotonnes, around 30 times the force of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. It entered the atmosphere and broke up at an altitude of around 32 miles, causing a shockwave that blew out windows and set of car alarms in Chelyabinsk two and a half minutes later. Divers were this morning searching the Chelyabinsk region's frozen Lake Chebarkul for a fragment of the meteorite. No fragments have been found in the region so far - despite some 20,000 rescuers and recovery workers being dispatched to help the hundreds of people injured. An army of glaziers were also being transported to Chelyabinsk to urgently repair the thousands of broken windows in homes as night time temperatures fall below -15C. Scientists from Nasa, the US space agency, estimated that the amount of energy released from impact with the atmosphere was about 30 times greater than the nuclear bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II. 

Reports are saying over 1,000 people were injured directly as a result of the impact, a good portion of those injuries are due to flying glass after the shockwave. Click below for some more info.

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