• Fri, Feb 15 2013

Before You Do Anything Else You Must Watch This Meteor Tear Over Russia

Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 7.55.52 AMA terrifically impressive meteor-like object skimmed last night through Russian skies.

Initial reports pegged the glowing ball as a huge meteor, but speculation lingers over what exactly it may have been.

The object exploded over Eastern Russia, near the Ural mountains, on Friday morning.

The BBC reports the Russian meteor blast was so intense that windows were blown from homes, and cars causing injuries to at least 400 people.

 

Here’s what the scene looks like in the aftermath:

RT.com reports:

Lifenews tabloid said that at least one piece of the fallen object caused damage on the ground in Chelyabinsk. According to preliminary reports, it crashed into a wall near a zinc factory, disrupting the city’s Internet and mobile service.

Witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it seemed like an earthquake and thunder had struck at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth.It made a bright streak through the sky and a huge boom when it exploded. Here’s a stunning video of it shining bright as it falls through the atmosphere:

There’s a ton more videos on YouTube. This compilation video is pretty great.

Officials told Reuters that the object exploded at about 32,000 feet above the Earth.

To finish reading this post and see more amazing video footage, head on over to Business Insider.
To finish reading this post and see more amazing video footage, head on over to Business Insider.

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