Incredible Video of Meteor in Russia – Update

February 15th, 2013 at 3:06 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

   Update:  Fireballs have also been seen over California and Cuba.  Damage from the meteor is estimated to be approx. 35 million dollars.  Windows were broken in over 4,000 buildings.  NASA estimates of the size of the meteor were increased to 55 feet across and the weight to 10,000 tons.  The time from entering the atmosphere to break-up was 32.5 seconds.  WOW!!  This looks like a picture of the sun, but it’s really a screen grab from this YouTube video of a meteor in Chelyabinsk, in central RussiaPart of the meteor landed in a frozen lake (pictures and video at link).  Explosions/sonic boom(s), contrails and shattering glass in this video.   The meteor looks to be visible for a good 15 seconds in the video with the tail cloud visible long after that.  Reports are that at least 1,200 people were injured in a very sparsely populated area, many from shattered glass as windows broke with the sonic boom that accompanied the meteor.  It has been confirmed that fragments of the meteor hit the ground.  About 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed. There was no immediate clarification of whether the collapse was caused by meteorites or by a shock wave from one of the explosions (more likely).   The meteor occurred occurred at 9:20 AM local time.  Keep in mind that this is at 55.2 degrees north latitude, about the same latitude as Ketchikan, Alaska, so this would have been around daybreak.  ““Preliminary indications are that it was a meteorite rain,” an emergency official told RIA-Novosti. “We have information about a blast at 10,000-meter (32,800-foot) altitude. It is being verified.”  The meteor could have been moving at 33,000 mph. More videos on YouTube.

This all comes the same day that an asteroid will pass very close (relatively) to the Earth at 2:24 PM EST.   BTW, dear CNN – the asteroid is not “falling from the sky” and it’s not “caused by global warming”.

Do we need to look at protecting the Earth from Asteroids?

Also, there was a major earthquake in Russia, near Sakha (Siberia).  It was magnitude 6.6 and was relatively shallow at 6.3 miles underground.  The quake occurred at 1:13 AM local time.   Siberia has been even colder than usual this month.  Oymyakon had a low temperature of -70F on Wednesday.  The warmest temperature they have had this month is -41F.  They are 4.8 degrees colder than average for the first 2 weeks of February.  Verkoyansk was -69F Wednesday morning.  Their warmest temperature this month has been -47F and they are 7 degrees colder than average for February.

55 Responses to “Incredible Video of Meteor in Russia – Update”

  1. Jerry hoag says:

    That is an impressive video!! I am wondering, Bill, is that meteor from the asteroid that is going to miss us by only a few thousands of miles?

  2. Jack says:

    simply put….AWESOME !!!! And I Echo the Question, from Jerry hoag. BILL !! ????

  3. Jack says:

    BILL, I’ve been Reading Reports That 500 or More are INJURED !! Prayers There Way For Sure !!! :-(

  4. William says:

    —-Nice Youtube link !!! Thanks.

  5. bodawg says:

    It was interesting to see headlines from earlier last week claiming there was no chance 2012 DA14 would hit the Earth. Now, this impact was NOT that specfic rock, but remember, anything the size of the asteroid approaching the Earth has decently strong gravitational field. It possibly could have brought a little buddy.

    1. William says:

      …I’m thinking a very small grav. field, since it’s only 160 feet wide.

      1. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

        Still could have enough of a gravitational pull to carry a little partner!!!

        1. isobelle says:

          i thought the very same, would be able to hold few small buddys in fact but would earths pull no matter how small or far- what are the chances of the estimated distance being wrong, after all its mostly guess work…..

  6. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

    The thing on CNN trying to tie the asteroid to global warming just shows that some people will say anything to push their agenda.

    1. Tyce says:

      I honestly don’t think she said that to “push an agenda”. Her life environment and experience has all probably had a liberal bias. She doesn’t know any better. Every bad weather event is blamed on global warming so the logical conclusion is that this “space weather event” might also be caused by global warming. Logic and Reason are not widely practiced anywhere in the world these days…

      1. Sandy says:

        right on!

      2. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

        CNN’s track record clearly shows an agenda. You are right however, regarding logic and reason. One only has to look at what goes on in D.C. these days.:-)

      3. GunLakeDeb says:

        I agree with Tyce – since everything gets blamed on Global Warming – why not an asteroid? ROFLMAO!!! On the other hand, a TV anchor THAT NAIVE/STUPID/UNEDUCATED needs to be moved to the break room – to make coffee for the people who can actually think their way out of a box….

        1. Judy says:

          Certainly scares one to think that this is the caliber of anchoring that is practiced by one of the more widely watched news networks.

  7. Dan (Rockford) says:

    One of the youtube videos shows how people could have been hurt:

    (For those inquiring: this meteor almost certainly has nothing to do with the asteroid.)

  8. Doctor Mikey says:

    Run to your shelters, sheeple.

  9. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

    Thanks for this information, Bill – it’s so interesting! Wow – if global warming caused this – it must have been going on for a long, long time! Look at all of the craters on the moon! I love the twitter comment in the CNN Story “Dinosaurs were unavailable for comment.” LOL!

  10. ~Sandy~ from DeWitt/Clinton County says:

    So what I gather is the sonic boom caused damage to the structures/windows/roofs and that is what caused the injuries – not the impact of the meteor itself, since it exploded in the air, right?

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Bill linked to “windows broke with the sonic boom” and if you scroll down the article, there’s a video taken by a guy, shooting up at the massive contrail, then the sonic boom hits and windows explode! Shows the terror those poor people were feeling – I mean, when something like THAT happens, the last thing that would come to MY mind is “meteorite”.

  11. Cort S. says:

    Dear media, please stop calling this meteorite impact a “meteor shower.” Ugh…

  12. Cal says:

    It might possibly be a “traveling companion” of the asteroid that will be passing us soon. Or it could be just a coincidence.
    The earth does get hit my meteors hundreds of times a day. Most are the size of grains of sand.

  13. John H says:

    Totally different orbit for this 10 ton meteor that hit, versus the 100,000 ton one that will miss. If they were related objects, their velocities would be identical for all practical purposes. The one passing by is going under 8km/second. The one that hit was estimated at 30km/second, though I’ve not yet seen a really accurate number for it, while the big one is known to be 7.82 km/sec.

    Having said that, the fact that they’re unrelated actually increases the chance of similar strikes right now. The small one might belong to a clump/cloud/stream of them of unknown sizes/timing, and the big one surely could have a cloud of smaller undetected ones traveling along near it, maybe even spread out enough that the 17,000 mile miss of the main object does not guarantee against a smaller rock striking. The risks are small, but strikes do happen. Just look at the moon, where there’s no atmosphere to bust them up, and no air/water/weather erosion to erase the evidence of the craters the strikes leave.

  14. Cort S. says:

    “According to NASA scientists, the trajectory of the Russian meteorite was significantly different than the trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14, making it a completely unrelated object. Information is still being collected about the Russian meteorite and analysis is preliminary at this point. In videos of the meteor, it is seen to pass from left to right in front of the rising sun, which means it was traveling from north to south. Asteroid DA14′s trajectory is in the opposite direction, from south to north.”

    1. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

      Trajectory could of changed with Earth’s/Moon’s gravitational pull as well! I’m no meteor expert, but with an incoming “passer by” I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we have two rocks close to earth on the same exact day (NASA could be covering up that they didn’t see it’s partne)! Also, I’m no meteor expert on this either, but based on the seperate contrails, the rock broke apart (there was some question to that too)!

      1. Cort S. says:

        I don’t see why NASA would want to cover this up. It’s not like they are tasked to issue meteorite watches and warnings, so they have no real reason to cover their butts. Besides, space agencies and professional and amateur astronomers around the world are always scanning the skies, and none of them saw it coming. That’s because while 2012 DA14 is the size of about half a football field, the meteor that burst over Russia was somewhere around the size of a small car (I’m guessing). The asteroid is an estimated 190,000 metric tons in mass, and they estimate that the mass of the Russian meteor was about 10 metric tons. You’ll find other scientists around the world other than NASA scientists that come to the same conclusion, that these two space rocks are unrelated. Even if they traveled in the same orbit around the sun, which they likely did not, their small mass and their large distance of separation means there is negligible gravitational attraction between the two of them.

        You are correct that the meteor broke apart upon entering the atmosphere. It looks like it had an “air burst” somewhere in the stratosphere. So, much of its energy was transferred into acoustic shockwaves which did much of the damage, instead of landing and making a big crater. There have been a few small-ish craters that have been found in Russia today, so it definitely broke apart on its way in. By the way, the Tunguska Event in 1908 was an air burst that flattened a whole forest. The asteroid that is passing us by today is about the same size as the rock which caused the Tunguska Event. Imagine if that had hit a major city.

        “Asteroids are nature’s way of asking… How’s that space program coming along?”

        More info, always fun to read:

      2. Pete says:

        Well the asteroid fly-by orbit was moving from a south to north (it was visible in the southern hemisphere). This meteorite moved North to south based off the videos I have seen (plus this is in the far northern hemisphere). So the orbits are very different and just mere chance.

  15. Nathan says:

    How do people relate a meteor impact to global warming? Because of increasing temperatures, more meteorites will hit Earth?? That the craziest thing I have ever heard!!

  16. GunLakeDeb says:

    Earthquakes/meteorites….it’s been a bad day for the people of Russia.

    1. fixxxer says:

      the end of the world is a bit late i guess. ;)

      1. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

        Could be!

  17. fixxxer says:

    so this goes to prove nasa has no clue when or if a meteor will hit us or not.

    1. Nathan says:

      So maybe the meteor this afternoon will strike Earth after all?

      1. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

        Hope not!

    2. Cort S. says:

      NASA, or any other space agency or astronomer in the WORLD for that matter, did not see this particular rock coming toward Russia. However, the asteroid that will pass us by today was discovered last year. It is the size of half a football field, and the Russian meteor was probably no bigger than a car (190,000 tons vs. 10 tons). Big asteroids/meteors are obviously easier to find than the smaller ones. The asteroid flying by us as we speak has a 0% chance of hitting us. Its speed and trajectory are well measured, and its path is well calculated. Orbital mechanics, man… it’s also why we can calculate exactly when and where solar eclipses will be hundreds of years from now.

      No clue when or if a meteor will hit us? The question is certainly not “if”, it’s “when”.

    3. Jessica C USA says:

      I agree, it can happen any time.

  18. Barry in Zeeland says:

    We’re all thinking it, I’m just saying it…….I THOUGHT WE WERE IN A NO METEORITE PATTERN!!!!???

  19. garyf says:

    You know i read all these coments and shake my head most
    of you talking about global warming and the world ending.
    And some think Nasa has no CLUE……….
    I am upset that more people dont send there thoughts
    and prayers to the families who have lost someone
    i just hope everyone relizes how lucky we are cause that
    asteroid could have landed in our back yard…
    My condolences to all the families affected…

  20. GunLakeDeb says:

    Get ready to DUCK! ASTEROID!!!!!!!! 2:24 PM EST

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      It’s 2: 25
      Everybody still here? ;-)

  21. Emily says:

    Hey Bill, good topic here!
    Just wondering if your mention of the recently COLDER temps in Russia was just a bit if info to help people realize the FALLACY of global warming? Or did you place it in the same paragraph with the mention of the recent EARTHQUAKE for a reason?? You know Kp Index level flew up on the charts when that earthquake hit….and we all know ionospheric disturbances prefer lower dew-points……just saying!
    would love to chat with you….

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      No, I just thought it was interesting. People in Siberia have had to deal with a meteor, a very significant earthquake and temperatures even colder than the brutally cold air that they normally get in winter. It’s a hardy people that can make a living in Siberia, the coldest place in the Northern Hemisphere. BTW, while it’s been significantly colder than average in Eastern Russia, it’s been significantly warmer than average this month in Western Russia. Moscow has actually had a couple days up in the mid 30s (F) this month.

  22. There is always the possibility of larger meteorites hitting the Earth. Are the governments doing everything they could to develop the technology to detect and destroy these meteorites before they hit the ground?

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Probably not they don’t care about us.

      1. Cort S. says:

        A large meteorite would kill them too.

        In their eyes, it’s a lot of money to spend on a very low-probability threat (low-probability on a human lifetime timescale). So it gets put on the backburner so they can focus on more short-term (and/or short-sighted) issues.

    2. Jessica C USA says:

      I kinda doubt it.

  23. Jack says:

    ” SOME Pepole Call Me THE SPACE COWBOY”……. ;-)

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      CUE for you Jack:

      1. Jack says:

        H##L YES!! Thank- You !!!! Swat–Zoo ! Makes ya wonder If KID ROCK, had anything 2 Do with the METEORITE…..In Russia. Just ah Thought…LOL….. Stay CUED::::: BIG STORM, on the WAY !!!, God Bless ! :-)

  24. mr. negative says:

    Happens 50 times a day. Sometimes we see them, so metimes we don’t. Either way, the videos are impressive.

  25. Ivory Smith says:

    No one else finds it strange that this person had a camera that happen to be recording and directly pointed at something that was going to come, but supposedly had no clue it was going to come but captured it directly?

    That is neat, but, I am just asking the obvious other side.

    1. Duh says:

      Dash cams. Pretty standard addition in Russia these days.

    2. Jack says:

      Dash Cams, are Very Popular in Russia ! Is what I’ve Heard for Lots of Different Reasons ! Insurance Scams, ECT . ;-)

  26. Jessica C USA says:

    Wow. That is incredible footage! A little frightening also. I hope everyone all the injured will get better soon.

  27. Heather R says:

    I heard about a possible meteorite or fireball over Cuba tonight. Can’t find a reliable news source that’s running it as a story though.

    1. Heather R says:

      Also according to a meteorite over California this afternoon. Lots of activity all at once. Pretty awesome.

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