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Huge meteor explodes over Russia
Not quite the size of Tunguska (sp?) but seems as though planet earth got a lucky escape. This would have been devastating had it exploded over a major city....

http://www.news.com.au/world/meteor-...-1226578976770
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seems it was a meteor shower with numerous big explosions over sibera.

edit: wonder if this was connected to the building that flew past earth at a zillion kph yesterday??

http://www.news.com.au/technology/sc...-1226579300949

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Yeah it was crazy, 2012 DA14 was the roughly 50m building. This thing was essentially the pre show (although NASA said there was no connection between the two, there's just so many of these things out there), I saw a whole heap of meteors during the DA14 passing. It just shows how much power and energy one of these things has. There are so many near earth objects, that NASA essentially can't track them all. They've all got different types of orbits and the Earth is being constantly bombarded by these things (the majority of which aren't tracked as the one in the case you were describing) but usually they are small and just burn up. However it is only a matter of time before a monster ends up on a collision course with Earth. They have vague ideas on how to deal with such an event, but nothing has been tested.

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You can see in the image above how many near earth objects (shown in blue-earth's orbit is shown in green) there are and these are the relatively large ones.

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Gotta love the tinfoil hat comments on the article "Was it a meteor or was it an old satellite?!"
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20x more powerful than Horishima

And no one knew it was coming

We are fucked
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20x more powerful than Horishima

And no one knew it was coming

We are fucked

this meteor and the other one hit russia because things fall downwards. we're in the southern hemisphere. we'll be fine.
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No joke, at lunch Friday one of the Russian chicks I work with was telling me she is 100% sure it was some kind of American bomb test.
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I guess if you're brought up thinking that everything bad happens because the imperialist dogs did it then you might jump to that seeming ridiculous conclusion
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The Russians don't believe it was a meteor... what was it then??

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"Divers worked there, but we didn't find anything," said spokesman Vyacheslav Ladonkin.
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He said the ministry considered that a circular eight-metre hole in the frozen lake Chebarkul, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the city of Chelyabinsk, was not caused by any extraterrestrial body.
"We believe it was caused by something else," he said. "A decision has been made to stop the search. It will not be continued today."


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Probably just a bad translation job.

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“We have just finished the research and confirm that the fragments found by our expedition in the area of Chebarkul Lake are meteorite by nature,” Viktor Grohovsky of the Ural Federal University told RIA.

http://rt.com/news/meteorite-lake-chebarkul-urals-432/
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The Russians don't believe it was a meteor... what was it then??

They're not saying that at all.

They don't believe the hole in the ice was caused by the meteor.

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20x more powerful than Horishima

And no one knew it was coming

We are fucked

Asteroids explode in the upper atmosphere a couple of times per year that generate a more powerful explosion than Horishima.
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2 events in a century that caused any significant level of damage. Sure it's got the potential to cause a fair bit of havoc if one was to score a direct hit on a city, but in terms of actual direct risk, I'd be more worried about earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes or floods. About he only difference with meteor strikes is that they can happen anywhere on the globe whereas the other events are more probably in certain areas.

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