Hundreds hurt after meteorite blazes by Russia
Sonic blast rocks homes, creates panic
- Duration 4:30
- Date Feb 15, 2013
Sonic blast rocks homes, creates panic
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Good morning to you we're getting some new information this morning on that meteor strike that has injured hundreds of people in Russia it was a ten ton rock.
And it caused a massive explosion when it slammed into the Earth's atmosphere.
Look at best.
You see that smoke -- here that -- we'll talk about that in just a second folks there say they felt like they were in a war zone shockwaves blowing glass out for miles and miles and a piece of that meteor crew created.
I've created a twenty foot wide crater to -- -- is the managing editor for space dot com.
Andy joins us this morning live via Skype good morning you know I know we track these things sometimes at NASA dead -- did we have any idea that this is coming.
Yeah this a complete surprise yeah.
You are a little -- watching another speech -- was coming.
Pretty close to earth but it's not clear exactly.
This is a complete surprise.
To everyone including.
Those -- in Russia that and it really.
-- -- Oh absolutely and in broad daylight -- -- -- -- which is why we have so many pictures of this you mentioned that asteroid are these two connected this meteorite that hit in Russia.
And his -- right that's -- -- 171000 miles away from the earth.
That was my first question actually for NASA when we heard about that what the -- And I reached out there -- -- is on you yeah he told me this morning they are not related at all became completely complete different directions.
Good things that separate.
A fireball there are -- is that is that good.
Well it is good and they know that nothing unexpected is happening -- -- really it's already getting closer game.
It it doing anything unpredictable would would.
Would be a bit.
-- a pack that the that -- Ali it is terrible season.
-- -- -- -- okay well activists -- for a second I understand that this happens about once every ten years so it's not completely unheard of but usually when these things come down they burn out before they hit the Earth's surface why didn't this one.
You intend -- fairly large and usually depends on what -- made up.
And we knew we were told it and it's it was probably is a director who wore a white -- that big this replied all the way through.
And end it it did explode in the atmosphere and it's a bold it's a very powerful shock -- to create the destruction you saw a.
-- for seconds I wanna show our viewers this we see this thick plume of smoke and then we hear if we had a hair a Big -- I understand that.
-- that noise.
Was actually a sonic boom tell us about that smoke and that noise.
All basically at the asteroid.
Came in it increased according -- just could not.
Accused of together Ali down NN's alert does that.
-- It exploded.
You -- -- -- that sonic boom nor is you have -- the men the shock -- its shattered windows a cross.
Is is this region vis Russia.
Hundreds of people in the -- Hundreds more is -- And a group of -- many of the buildings.
Russia's emergency ministry is canvassing the area they're fighting -- -- -- -- -- -- you mentioned -- shore up.
So so it is is a very widespread damage problems -- right now.
What you don't put this into perspective for our folks here this meteor was traveling 33000.
Miles per hour.
It was going 43 times faster than the speed of sound.
Sixty times faster than a commercial jet.
Times faster than -- Indy racing cart that this sounds just pretty massive and fortunately we have not heard of any deaths as of yet.
Yeah and insert yeah it is -- -- eight.
He large speech are not -- large.
The nearly as good as the -- -- -- later today.
And -- that went into it it could actually create.
You know even more a local damage.
But he's got a nice night out but that's not gonna happen not ask Franklin and a -- that's that's good to a -- -- Terry thank you so much for joining us out from a space dot com to -- smelly.
We certainly appreciate it and now we'll keep showing you more and more this video throughout the day it is something now a lot of it.