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Large Meteorite in Russia

Not sure if anyone else has been following this but it looks like a rather large meteorite crashed somewhere in the in the Urals region. Plenty of videos of it on youtube. 

I think I did the formatting right for those videos...

Also unconfirmed reports of cell service and internet being down, one place even said that the meteor was intercepted by a missile which caused fragmentation of it over a large area. 

Here an article about it is. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/15/russia-meteorite/192...

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And a picture of a factory that was destroyed. 

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That’s crazy! BTW, it’s a meteor until it hits the ground; then it is a meteorite. Now you know Wink

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That’s crazy! BTW, it’s a meteor until it hits the ground; then it is a meteorite. Now you know Wink

Thanks relic38!

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relic38 wrote:
That's crazy! BTW, it's a meteor until it hits the ground; then it is a meteorite. Now you know ;)

Fixed it, I always forget which way it is. Wink

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Those vids are incredible. the one where you see the cloud then the windows blow out…. what a shockwave that think made!

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Another two pictures of damage. 

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Sorry for another post, but some video of around that factory. 

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Quote from Russia Today. 

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.

I'm still doubtful that happened but it is possible-ish. Here yet another picture of the factory is. 

Bent window frames here. 

Source: http://rt.com/news/meteorite-crash-urals-chelyabinsk-283/

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scaru wrote:

Quote from Russia Today. 

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.

I’m still doubtful that happened but it is possible-ish.

That is bullshit!

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scaru wrote:

Quote from Russia Today. 

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.

Nope, it was intercepted by

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Yeah by Bruce and Steve Buscemi (love this guy, he can easily play crazy roles).

Thank you Scaru for the heads up, I’ll check the news.

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Wow! It looked quite real esp with all those videos and that flattened factory. Hope nobody was hurt. Could also have been space junk with all those old satellites in orbit up there! Wonder if there’s any fragments left to prove the actual thing that landed?

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Did it actually ever hit the ground?

And who drives around with a video recorder going at all times in their car? Anyone here?

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Space junk doesn’t fly that fast to cause this.
Believe that local Russians are already collecting fragments, will be very easy on the snow for the first few hours.

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BetweenRides wrote:

Did it actually ever hit the ground?

And who drives around with a video recorder going at all times in their car? Anyone here?

Judging from the pictures of the destroyed factory and from the news reporting several hundred injured people.. yes.

Dash cams are pretty much mandatory in Russia because of insurance fraud. There are lot of videos on youtube where people jump in front of a car to get some money.. or crash into each other and blame the other.. beat each other up in the middle of the street because of a crash.. and so on.

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as i was reading, it made a 6m crater in the ground Smile

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some local Russians already sell fragments for about $17.

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The injuries/damage is caused by broken glass/shock wave.

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BetweenRides wrote:

Did it actually ever hit the ground?

And who drives around with a video recorder going at all times in their car? Anyone here?

Pretty much everyone driving in russia, assuming they have an insurance.

Many companies expect video footage in suspicious cases.

Probably one of the best places to get such a good video coverage of this kind of event!

Just because of those dash cams.

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@ NightCrawl & CheapThrills: I did not know that! Thanks for the info.

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@Cheapthrills:

You’re right, another good place could be London because of all the cameras in public space.

@BetweenRides:

Search for ‘driving in russia’ on youtube, these videos are sick and almost unbelievable stuff happen on the streets of russia.

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I saw the video of the “bright light” in the sky and had to think for a moment….. “is that one of our BLF members playing w/ his new 9X XML-U3? It’s hard not to be certain. The factory certainly looks like “photon cannon” damage, notice the clean round opening in the wall. Only a tightly focused light beam will produce that, metorite strikes are ragged w/ scattered debris. I will now remove my tongue from my cheek…….

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One of those videos has the day and the year wrong, know that guy is a accident scammer!

On another one, the overwhelming amount of ‘lumenescence’ is astonishing, seems to light up the whole neighborhood as it passes over – and I am sure tricks the light meter in the dash cam too.

Very interesting.

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I didnt hear about that one. Thanks for the post and great pics scaru!

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oh these looks like crashing jets Shocked

Is that missile story is true ?

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I find it hard to believe the Russians (or anyone else) can detect a meteor that size (small) entering the atmosphere at ~33,000 mph – with no warning – assess the threat – decide it is be should be destroyed – launch a missile – successfully intercept the meteor.

On the other hand…what do I know about air defense missiles…

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I heard about that this morning on the way to work. I was hoping there would be video.  Thanks for the links, Scaru!

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I, too, was wondering why they’re are so many dash cams in Russia. Article here. Sure made for some amazing videos of the meteor.

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