Incredible Video of Meteor in Russia – UpdateFebruary 15th, 2013 at 3:06 am by Bill Steffen 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 Russia. Part 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”.
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.