NASA: Russia Meteor Exploded With Force of 20 Hiroshima Bombs

Posted: February 16, 2013 in KTLA

ronaldisimohh:

This is really unbelievable.

Originally posted on KTLA 5:

MOSCOW  – A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia’s Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left about 1,000 people hurt, state media said.

Amateur video footage showed a bright white streak moving rapidly across the sky, before exploding with an even brighter flash and a deafening bang.

The explosion occurred about 9:20 a.m. local time, as many people were out and about.

While NASA estimated the meteor was only about the size of a bus and weighed an estimated 7,000 tons, it exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs.

Luckily, “the atmosphere absorbed the vast majority of that energy,” said Amy Mainzer, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

CNN iReporter and Instagram user Max Chuykov saw the meteor trail from the city of Yekaterinburg. He shared on Instagram that it was “close to the ground.”

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