|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 Page: http://www.vuetoo.com/asteroid/SituationPageNews.asp?sit=6526