#1 Edited by joshthebear (2704 posts) -

So yeah, this is kind of insane. A massive meteorite exploded over Central Russia and did some crazy damage. Get your bug out bags ready duders, the end is nigh.

"Brightly burning rocks could be seen for hundreds of kilometres as they crashed into the Ural region.

Chelyabinsk residents reported shaking ground, windows being shattered and car alarms being set off during the shower."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-russia-meteorite-idUSBRE91E05Z20130215

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21468116

http://kotaku.com/5984474/meteorite-explodes-over-russia-you-may-begin-with-the-alien-invasion-jokes/gallery/1

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/feb/15/meteorite-explosion-shakes-russian

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/15/russia-meteorite/1921991/

http://zyalt.livejournal.com/722930.html (Plenty of videos of the events here)

Edit: For reference here's a video of the sound of it.

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#2 Posted by ThePencil (393 posts) -

Been sitting up all morning watching these videos and following the news. Shit is both crazy awesome, and scary as all shitting shit. Imagine going on your morning commute and then -HOLY SHIT MORGAN FREEMAN APOCALYPSE TIME streaking past your car window.

#3 Edited by dungbootle (2501 posts) -

Here's a video (in the Kotaku link too). Crazy.

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#4 Posted by Weltal (2300 posts) -

Wow, that video is incredible. That's some crazy ass shit right there.

#6 Edited by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

So the sound is made by the entry into the atmosphere? Also there were no casualties right? I hope not

Edit: I read the news there were injured people but from broken glass. Crazy man!

#7 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -

@aetheldod: Doesn't sound like any casualties, although there is reports of over a hundred injured mainly from broken glass.

#8 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (846 posts) -

http://zyalt.livejournal.com/722930.html

Lots of dash cams and pictures on this blog.

#9 Posted by RPGee (775 posts) -

Fuck me, that's ... I kind of don't know. I want to say that's kind of cool, but that's also scary of fuck. Was there any warning to it, any scientist with an eye to a telescope who went "That looks bigger than I remember"?

It can't have been too big of an object as well, relatively speaking. It'll be interesting, seeing the commentary on it and its properties.

#10 Posted by Nev (594 posts) -

Wow, wild. Can't even imagine walking down the street and seeing/hearing that. Scary shit.

#11 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -

@extreme_popcorn said:

http://zyalt.livejournal.com/722930.html

Lots of dash cams and pictures on this blog.

Man, some of those are just insane; added to the list of links in the first post.

#12 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6805 posts) -

Oh my christ, that video startled me even though I knew it was coming. That would be terrifying to be there.

#13 Posted by MB (13908 posts) -

So the sound is made by the entry into the atmosphere? Also there were no casualties right? I hope not

Edit: I read the news there were injured people but from broken glass. Crazy man!

Sonic boom, dude.

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#14 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -
#15 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1193 posts) -

Frightening and yet so fascinating.

~250 injured.

#16 Posted by MistaSparkle (2283 posts) -

And I guess it's not the meteor we were expecting to pass over today...that sounds like bad news.

#17 Posted by WalkerTR77 (1524 posts) -

XCOM project is securing funding as we speak.

#18 Edited by TheHT (12267 posts) -

Holy fucking shit.

#19 Edited by joshthebear (2704 posts) -
#20 Posted by Aegon (6615 posts) -

Does anyone have video of the crater?

#21 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -

@aegon: It doesn't look like there is any at the moment, although I'm sure something will come out over the course of the day.

#22 Posted by Nictel (2658 posts) -

I heard about a meteor going pass the earth in a 'near miss' on the radio yesterday. I wonder if this is related.

#23 Posted by probablytuna (4121 posts) -

That must be one terrifying sight. Hot damn!

#24 Posted by TheHT (12267 posts) -

@aegon: @joshthebear: I thought the meteor didn't make it through the atmosphere. If so there wouldn't be a crater per se, but there may be damage from meteorites.

#25 Posted by OfficeGamer (1120 posts) -

dayumn

#26 Edited by cmblasko (1470 posts) -

Yeah, this is why the human race has to collectively start shoveling funds into our space programs and developing some sort of solutions to these kinds of problems ASAP. Maybe this time it is a small meteorite, but eventually it's going to be a massive meteor with the power to take out all of Russia that we will have to deal with.

#27 Edited by Winternet (8234 posts) -

Man that video of the dude driving on the highway is crazy. What a feeling it must be to be casually driving and then BLAM a fucking meteor falls from the sky. Insane.

This seems to be the crater, not really sure, because it's Russia: http://vk.com/video4046055_164571326?hash=183b7e98615893d0

#28 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -
#29 Edited by Aegon (6615 posts) -
#30 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5184 posts) -

so this is where we all get to the Metro to ride out the apocalypse, right?

#31 Posted by Venatio (4654 posts) -

NASA says it's unrelated to 2012 DA14 on their twitter feed

#32 Posted by L44 (625 posts) -

Man that would have been cool.

#33 Edited by joshthebear (2704 posts) -
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#35 Edited by TooWalrus (13319 posts) -

Man, thank god for russian dash cams, that footage is insanely cool.

#36 Edited by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

Crazy. Glad it didn't happen in a populated city or that could have been ugly.

#38 Posted by TheHT (12267 posts) -

@aegon: Yeah, that's the Door to Hell, or something like that. Still pretty nuts.

#39 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (974 posts) -

Aquasilk pls D:

#40 Edited by Swiket (22 posts) -

According to some ham radio nerds, UVB-76 stopped broadcasting when the meteorite hit.

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