Meteor injures at least 1,200 in Russia

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    A meteor streaked across the sky and broke up Friday morning over the Ural Mountain city of Chelyabinsk, unleashing a tremendous shock wave that smashed windows, collapsed roofs and injured at least 1,200 people.
    The intense flash of light was recorded on video as far away as Nizhny Tagil, nearly 300 miles to the north. The trail of the meteor was also visible in Kazakhstan, more than 80 miles to the south.

    The Russian Interior Ministry said late in the day that at least 1,200 people were hurt. The Health Ministry said 48 were hospitalized.
    The Russian Academy of Sciences estimated that the meteor weighed around 10 tons and was traveling at 10 to 12 miles per second (roughly 30,000 to 45,000 mph) when it disintegrated. ...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...06b_story.html
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    wow...I cannot imagine how creepy that would have been...
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    between this, asteroid 2012 da14, and i even read about a meteor explosion near/in cuba (?? none of the major media is reporting it though), i do have to wonder what the heck is going on.
    unsettling, to say the least...
    and, too close for comfort.

    leslie
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    Russian meteor blast had force of 300-kiloton nuclear warhead (+video) - CSMonitor.com

    The meteor exploded with the energy of a 300 kiloton warhead. Pretty impressive, considering that Nagasaki's bomb had an explosive yield of about 20 kt. It's a good thing that the meteor is reported to have exploded at an altitude of 12-15 miles, compared to the Japanese bombs' ~500 meters.

    A 300 kt release closer to the ground could have been very unpleasant.
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    I heard on the radio that there are MANY videos of the meteor because in Russia auto insurance won't pay a claim without proof so people have video cameras on their cars filming just in case.
    It was early morning when people travel to work.
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    Quote from leslie :-D
    between this, asteroid 2012 da14, and i even read about a meteor explosion near/in cuba (?? none of the major media is reporting it though), i do have to wonder what the heck is going on...
    It's just the Fithp softening us up before they land.

    (see: Footfall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or Footfall: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle: 9780345323446: Amazon.com: Books ...a MOST excellent book)

    This event in Chelyabinsk is just a reminder of how fragile and susceptible we are to interplanetary events. Yes, it might only happen every 100 years or so. That being said, if the 1908 Tunguska "oopsie" occurred over a large city, it could have been even nastier. Rather than a modest 300 kt event, Tunguska received a 10-15 megaton "swat on the nose", exploded 3-6 miles up in the air.

    Despite our modern human "look at us, we're all powerful & infinitely wise" delusions, the recent event shows that we're not set up to detect, not to mention deflect, chunks of trash heading our way at high impact speeds.

    We're monkeys playing in the trees, looking at all the "pretties" we find on the ground.
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    Quote from CrufflerJJ
    Despite our modern human "look at us, we're all powerful & infinitely wise" delusions, the recent event shows that we're not set up to detect, not to mention deflect, chunks of trash heading our way at high impact speeds.
    i do agree that we are potentially "all powerful & infinitely wise"...
    but also agree we are not technologically equipped or advanced enough to deal with aliens from outerspace.
    still, our human/spiritual potential has little to do with our capacity (or its lack) in dealing with extraterrestial events.

    leslie
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    [QUOTE=CrufflerJJ;7176832]It's just the Fithp softening us up before they land.

    (see: Footfall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or Footfall: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle: 9780345323446: Amazon.com: Books ...a MOST excellent book)

    This event in Chelyabinsk is just a reminder of how fragile and susceptible we are to interplanetary events. Yes, it might only happen every 100 years or so. That being said, if the 1908 Tunguska "oopsie" occurred over a large city, it could have been even nastier. Rather than a modest 300 kt event, Tunguska received a 10-15 megaton "swat on the nose", exploded 3-6 miles up in the air.

    Despite our modern human "look at us, we're all powerful & infinitely wise" delusions, the recent event shows that we're not set up to detect, not to mention deflect, chunks of trash heading our way at high impact speeds.

    We're monkeys playing in the trees, looking at all the "pretties" we find on the ground.[/QUOT]
    I enjoyed Niven stories starting with reading "Neutron Star"
    He is a friendly person too.
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    This is all veeerrry coincidental because that morning on cable A&E or History channels there were several shows (dated 2007) about meteors, asteroids and comets. Very creepy because all the shows kept commenting "not IF, but WHEN".

    I'm just assuming those TV shows were prescheduled!
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    This is why it seems so creepy to me...
    There has been so much "end of the world" fixation in our media/entertainment.

    Tsunami's
    earthquakes
    floods
    hurricanes
    tornadoes
    drought
    fires
    asteroids

    are zombies next?

    Perhaps the Bible is correct and the dead will rise up from their graves...the saved meeting Jesus in the sky.
    Do the unsaved rise up and if so, what happens to them?

    creepy
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