Friday, February 15, 2013

Sincere Condolences to Russia

Meteor over Russia today   (Picture from NY Daily News)
    
(Photo www.kctv5.com )



    Here in the US, we are somewhat lucky we did not get nuked this morning.   Some hours ago, on what is Friday morning over the Ural Mountains,  in Chelyabinsk,  in Russia, multiple meteorites screamed by, and the sky lit up in what looked like a nuclear blast.  Then, multiple loud explosions occurred.  The largest one caused a blast wave which damaged buildings and blew out windows for great distances.  I have reviewed eight dashcam videos of the event from Russia, and my first impulse would have been that this was a nuclear attack.  As of the moment of the writing of my own post here, just under 1100 people have been injured by the resultant blast wave.  Several news outlets have reported that the largest meteor was the size of a bus.
              We are being told that this is in no way related to the near miss of , the meteor which is to pass close to Earth later this evening, but I don't believe that anyone can know that certainly.
             I send condolences and best wishes to any of our Russian friends who were afflicted by this apparently natural, but very frightening disaster/phenomenon. I would imagine that people in Chelyabinsk are very shaken. I was shaken myself by simply watching a series of these videos.





Blast wave damage outside a zinc factory.   ( (Oleg Kargapolov/Chelyabinsk.ru/AP Photo)



Viktor was injured by the meteor blast earlier today.  (Photo: rt.com)
Viktor declined to provide his last name.





This is the General Meteor Situation Pagehttp://www.vuetoo.com/asteroid/SituationPageNews.asp?sit=6526



UPDATE: One day later, fifteen people from the region remain in hospitals as a result of the meteorite. One person remains in a coma.

9 comments:

Mamma Bear said...

I woke up to this sthis morn. I don't think the powers that be would tell us if we were about to get hit. You know we can't handle the truth!

What gets me is "amateurs" discovered this asteroid but the "experts" tell us there is nothing to worry about.

JaneofVirginia said...

My thoughts are pretty similar. I am going to be watching amateur blogs on this today.

Gorges Smythe said...

They will have my prayers as well, Jane.

JaneofVirginia said...

Thank you Gorges. Russians today, i a wide area, are being asked to pick up their children from school and stay indoors until tomorrow. It makes me wonder if we should be doing the same here.

Matt said...

I was thinking the same thing about our luck this morning....

Had this thing landed in the Middle East, i can imagine that there would be a war going on at this minute.

JaneofVirginia said...

I am just glad that the folks with their fingers near those buttons hadn't had too much coffee this morning. Wouldn't serve too well to have them jumpy.

russell1200 said...

The first photo could also be VA Tech against NC State tomorrow! LOL

Sandy said...

Prayers go out to the families in Russia.

JaneofVirginia said...

Thanks Sandy, The thing I remember most about the ordinary Russian people, is that they might not have much, but if you need it, they will give you half. I hope they are all safe this evening, and that their medical needs are being met, and that their homes can be repaired soon in such a cold climate.