Asteroid Watch: 950 Injured* As Meteorite Falls To Earth, Is There More To Come? (Video)


Russian Meteor


” Just after midnight Eastern Standard Time in the United States, a meteorite crashed causing early morning havoc in Russia. An explosion likened to an atomic bomb blast in Urals Federal District in central Russia “shattered residents’ windows, shook the ground and caused several injuries Friday morning, the Emergency Situations Ministry reported. The Volga Federal District has also been affected by the burning debris from what is being explained as a meteor.

The Moscow Times says, “The first reports came in around 7:55 a.m., with witnesses in Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen saying they saw flashes in the sky, heard massive thunder and witnessed windows shatter, Yelena Smirnykh, deputy head of the ministry’s information department, told Interfax.”

Buildings nearest the meteor’s path shattered as windows exploded in the sonic blast, causing over 950 injuries(update), many are minimal injuries from glass shards but over 100 people have been admitted to hospitals.

The asteroid is due to pass between the earth and moon below the GOES belt of satellites later today around 2:25 p.m. (EST). It is not known yet, if the meteors are related to the incoming asteroid’s space debris.

(Update: NASA says the meteor is unrelated to the approaching asteroid due to pass in one hour. The meteor crashed into earth from the opposite direction and is confirmed not to be related to asteroid 2012 DA214.)

As citizens we do not know if another meteor shower will happen, but many people can follow NASA news and prepare in case a meteor or rock from the asteroid were to hit in their area. Preppers are always preaching about preparedness and this is one such scenario as to why it is important. This is the benefit from storing up water and food for at least 3 days in case of any unexpected incident like a meteor were to strike our local area.”