The meteorite that crashed in Russia was 30 times greater than the Hiroshima atomic bomb
February 16, 2013
According to NASA, “The 17-meter meteor that left more than 1,100 people injured in the Russian province of Chelyabinsk in the Urals, released energy of 500 kilotons, thirty times bigger than Hiroshima atomic bomb.”
Paul Chodas, program associate of near-Earth objects at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA said: “An event of this magnitude occurs once in 100 years on average.”
“When a fireball is that size, many meteorites can reach the surface and in this case probably there were several of large size”.
“Infrasound data collected indicate that the fall of the meteorite, since its entry into the atmosphere until the breakup, lasted 32.5 seconds, and its signal was picked up by eleven of the 45 monitoring stations located in 35 countries. His career, however, was very different from the asteroid 2012 DA14 that some hours later passed near the Earth.”
It may have fallen into the lake Chebarkul, near Chelyabinsk. A group of six divers are responsible for checking this version in the next few hours.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry estimates that “the are 1,145 injured, mostly mild, although 50 people required hospitalization, including a 52-year fracture of two vertebrae that was taken on Saturday in a special plane to Moscow”.
The Home Office mentions the figure of 1,200 wounded.