Meteor Travelling At 19 Miles Per Second Explodes Over Russian Urals, 500 Injured - Video

Tyler Durden's picture

In perhaps the oddest news of the day, workers in the Chelyabinsk region in the Russian Urals were greeted this morning with a spectacular show: an exploding meteor. Bloomberg reports "A meteor exploded in the skies above Russia’s Urals region and sent shock waves that shattered windows, hurting hundreds of people, hours before an asteroid half the size of a football field hurtles past the Earth. The meteor broke apart above the Chelyabinsk region at about 7:25 a.m. Moscow time, the Emergencies Ministry’s division in the Urals district said today on its website. “A serious meteor fell,” billionaire Sergey Galitskiy, chief executive officer of OAO Magnit, Russia’s biggest food retailer by value, said in a post on his Twitter Inc. account. “At our hypermarket in Emanzhelinsk, windows were blown out, the roof shook, there was a strong shock wave.”  More than 290 people reported injuries, according to the website of Chelyabinsk Region Governor Mikhail Yurevich. The number may be higher than 500, Interfax reported, citing an unidentified Interior Ministry official."

From Reuters:

People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow.


A fireball blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail in its wake which could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away in Yekaterinburg. Car alarms went off, windows shattered and mobile phone networks were interrupted.


"I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day," said Viktor Prokofiev, 36, a resident of Yekaterinburg in the Urals Mountains.


"I felt like I was blinded by headlights," he said.


No fatalities were reported but President Vladimir Putin, who was due to host Finance Ministry officials from the Group of 20 nations in Moscow, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were informed.


A local ministry official said such incidents were extremely rare and Friday's events might have been linked to an asteroid the size of an Olympic swimming pool due to pass Earth at a distance of 27,520 km (17,100 miles) but this was not confirmed.


Russia's space agency Roscosmos said the meteorite was travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second and that such events were hard to predict. The Interior Ministry said the meteorite explosion had caused a sonic boom.


Russia's Emergencies Ministry said 514 people had sought medical help, mainly for light injuries caused by flying glass, and that 112 of those were kept in hospital. Search groups were set up to look for the remains of the meteorite.

Unlike the Tunguska meteor of 1908 Siberia fame, there was no actual land collision: "The meteorite may have fallen into a body of water about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the city of Chebarkul, national television channel Rossiya 24 reported. The meteorite may have weighed 1 kilogram, according to the television company’s website. As many as 20,000 emergency staff and three aircraft have been deployed in the Urals region, the ministry said."

Sentiment on the ground that this is nothing but a crashing UFO was promptly squashed by the government, and moments ago the emergency minister denied a report that the meteorite was shot down by Russian military.

And in these days of the ubiquitous video smartphones, there were many video capturing this meteor in teal time.

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GetZeeGold's picture



Didn't see it coming. We need a new czar for this crap...and we need one right now!


Global warming will kill you slow.....this crap kills you right now.

AssFire's picture

Let's just wait to see what our man on the ground, Boris Alatovkrap has to say about this.

He has a way with words...what those words means is quite fucking baffling though.

Badabing's picture

That’s not the one that’s supposed to pass at 2:23 ET!

Looks like where in for a shower.

CPL's picture

That meteor was only 10 tonnes and about the size of a small car and caused an 6.8 earth quake that is starting a pacific chain reaction.


DA-15 2013 is about the size of a city block.  It's considered an extinction level event if it does hit.  If it does hit, there is no where on the planet you can hide above or below ground.  SO don't worry.  Enjoy life until 2:38 EST.  If it doesn't hit, continue to enjoy life.

Praetor's picture

Extinction level event? Maybe in a 30 km radius from the blast.

Badabing's picture

That one should not hit the earth but the small ones about the size of a car are hard to spot until they’re in the atmosphere.

There was people hurt in Russia.

Good time to ask the pope to pray for us, oh wait……….. Vatican struck by lightning hours after Pope stands down

onewayticket2's picture

Hey Krugman, your "space alien" pipe dream may have come true!


TruthInSunshine's picture

It's a good think I'm not Putin.

Given ObaMao's Imperial Presidency & War Mongering Par Excellence, I would have automatically assumed that this was ObaMao's preemptive strike, in order to conquer Russia so as to divide up her natural resources for JPM-Goldman-Federal Reserve cartel.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Fucking bugs and their meteor attacks. 

Remember Buenos Aires!

Invade Klendathu!

Join the Mobile Infantry and save the world.

Service guarantees citizenship.


BLOTTO's picture

Maybe instead of a 'trillion dollar coin' - we get a 'billion dollar asteroid' to help out with the debt?


may harbor $65 billion of recoverable water and $130 billion in metals, say officials with celestial mining firm Deep Space Industries.


(im mostly being sarcastic of course)

redpill's picture

That was NOT a meteor, it's just Ben's new fiat delivery device. The helicopters just weren't cutting it anymore.

SilverRhino's picture

Here's another article with a lot of the videos.  

That fucking thing is LOUD!! 


secret_sam's picture

I liked that one video that showed the meteor is making a noise very much like cheesy techno music.

fourchan's picture

no boom recorded. just shite music.

13thWarrior's picture

Sonic boom.


Apparently one can tell how far was it by calculating when it flew by till sonic boom.

Kickaha's picture

I'd like to, but first you have to promise that I can carry a weapon that actually brings down the enemy without having to hit him with 100 rounds.  Also, you need to assure me that when faced with overwhelming numbers of enemy infantry, command will use its superior air power rather than sending down puny numbers of infantry armed mainly with rifles inadequate to put much of a dent in a bug unless 10 grunts hit one at the same time with automatic fire.

Come to think of it though, will I get to shower with babes?

secret_sam's picture

    command will use its superior air power rather than sending down puny numbers of infantry

Command has other plans for Klendathu, soldier!  Go do your duty and stop second-guessing the Joint Chiefs!

BorisTheBlade's picture

It seems you wanna live foreva.

A Nanny Moose's picture

This is for you new people. Everybody fights. Nobody quits. If you don't your job, I'll shoot you myself.

CPL's picture

Good luck with that..

CPL's picture

The projectile begins to breakup at an altitude of 47100 meters = 154000 ft
The projectile bursts into a cloud of fragments at an altitude of 7000 meters = 23000 ft.
The residual velocity of the projectile fragments after the burst is 3.61 km/s = 2.24 miles/s. The energy of the airburst is 1.06 x 10^16 Joules = 2.53 x 10^0 MegaTons.
No crater is formed, although large fragments may strike the surface randomly.


CPL's picture

Planetary model tool

Copy and paste what's below in note pad and save it as 2012 DA14.ssc
Now just put this file in the EXTRA folder inside celestia folder and see how close it comes.


# C/2012 DA14
# SSC Provided By Rxxxxxx G. Hxxxxxxxxx Jan 10,2013
# "name of object" "name of primary"
"2012 DA14" "Sol"
Class "asteroid"
Texture "asteroid.jpg"
Mesh "asteroid.cms"
Radius 0.200 # Guess
RotationPeriod 11.34 # Guess
Albedo 0.134 # Guess

# taken from
# OR

Epoch 2456010.5 # 2012-Mar-24.00 (CT)
Period 366.2637955227459 # d
PericenterDistance 0.8933072428190705 # QR - q
Eccentricity 0.1082314886099339 # EC - e
Inclination 10.33947174196036 # IN - Incl.
AscendingNode 147.2878846791715 # OM - Node
ArgOfPericenter 271.0825411253086 # W - Peri.
MeanAnomaly 469.6440238295972 # position at T

InfoURL ""
# =================================================================
# JPL/HORIZONS (2012 DA14) 2013-Jan-10 16:59:01
# Rec #:732119 (+COV) 2013-Jan-10_01:50:17 # obs: 191 (2012-2013)
# FK5/J2000.0 helio. ecliptic osc. elements (AU, DAYS, DEG, period=Julian yrs):
# EPOCH= 2456010.5 ! 2012-Mar-24.00 (CT) Residual RMS= .30241
# EC= .1082314886099339 QR= .8933072428190705 TP= 2455895.354664823
# OM= 147.2878846791715 W= 271.0825411253086 IN= 10.33947174196036
# A= 1.001725483025416 MA= 113.1950248694354 ADIST= 1.110143723231762
# PER= 1.00261 N= .9830621859999999 ANGMOM= .017115796
# DAN= .98797 DDN= .99202 L= 58.3882903
# B= -10.337606 TP= 2011-Nov-29.8546648
# Physical parameters (KM, SEC, rotational period in hours):
# GM= n.a. RAD= n.a. ROTPER= n.a.
# H= 24.366 G= .150 B-V= n.a.
# ALBEDO= n.a. STYP= n.a.
# =================================================================
# ASTEROID comments:
# 1: soln ref.= JPL#35, OCC=4
# 2: source=ORB

ElvisDog's picture

Um, extinction level event? That was a bit dramatic. For reference, the Space Shuttle was traveling at about 3 km/s at 47 km altitude when it re-entered the atmosphere. The 2.53 megaton sounds scary, but remember it's without radiation and it occurs 47.1 km above the surface of the Earth. If you're a bird flying near it you would be extinct, but you wouldn't even feel the blast wave on the ground. You could hear it and see it though.

CPL's picture

It's one of the reasons we believe the earth cooled just enough to cause the dust bowl on a planet populated by only 1.6 billion.

Today we have 7.2 billion , falling crop deliveries because of our own poorly managed resource pool and a supply chain that is spread out across the planet.  We are in a situation that nothing is allowed to fail in a supply chain or it comes down like a house of cards.  That's the modern gambit.

Human systems are like eggs, they maintain their strength as long as pressure is applied in the sweet spot.  Change the direction of force and you end up with a mess.  Fragile.


Anycase, AGAIN, it'll be a hell of a show at 2:38 EST PM.  I doubt it will hit from models given.  If it does hit, or where it hits once it breaks apart, meh.  If you are in the impact area, you won't feel a thing.  Otherwise.  The 6.6-6.8 Earthquake it's started is continuing.  Starts at 13:13.

For those that like pictures.


All I care about is clear skies, I want a picture of it tonight with the Aurora Borealis.


Wile-E-Coyote's picture

In the film deep impact didn't they get smaller meteorites coming down before the main event?

Overfed's picture

Maybe a Tunguska 2.0 level event.

ElvisDog's picture

Tunguska was most likely a comet, in which case it was coming into Earth on a ballistic trajectory entering at 13-14 km/s - twice as fast as this meteor with four times the kinetic energy per kg.

recidivist's picture

Yes, but comets are much lower in density, only about 1 g/cc versus 8-12 for meteors/meteorites.  Comets give us tektites, meteorites do not (you read it here first).  It has to do with the soft compression in front of the comet as it hits ground.  The higher mass of the meteorite vaporized everything, whereas the 'softer' comet impact preserves a disc of liquified terrestrial matter that spews out and showers the countryside with these cool little rock droplets called tektites...don't get me started!

Axenolith's picture

You need an object over about 2 miles in diameter to start getting up into "extinction level event" territory.  "City block" size is only going to yield in the neighborhood of 20-100Mt.  Cretaceous event was 200,000,000+Mt

Granted though, in the right place and with relative "surprise" factor, the city block size could get some folks turning keys in silo control facilities...


Mi Naem's picture

Gotta love that icon. 


sunaJ's picture

We periodically pass through areas of concentrated Near Earth Objects as we hurdle around the sun. We are passing through this region now as we do every year. These two are probably related in that we happen to be passing through the belt at an especially "dusty" spot.

Amazing, the world we live in that such an event can be captured by hundreds of cameras and shared instantaneously around the world. What kind of show will the economic and political collapse of societies bring to our eyes? I dare not guess.

CPL's picture

It'll be a hell of a show at 2:38 PM EST if things don't go well.   2012 DA14, this 50 meter (160 foot) rock will pass just over 27,000 kilometers (17,000 miles) from the Earth’s surface and it looks like it brought friends..


Good luck everyone.

francis_sawyer's picture

So ~ We actually 'hurdle' around the sun?... No wonder my back is so sore...

CPL's picture

And the earth isn't exactly round or stable.

It's more of a battered jellybean shape.


Badabing's picture


(17,000 miles) from the Earth’s surface and it looks like it brought friends..

17,000 is measured from the center of the Earth its about 13,000 from the surface.

Also it will come closer then any meteor on record and its orbit will be altered by Earths gravitational field putting it on a new path!

we’re playing Russian roulette with this thing! (no pun intended)


Zap Powerz's picture

I hope one of those space rocks smashes the shit out of Washington DC and NYC leaving nothing but one giant crater.  Let's see them centrally plan their way out of THAT!

CPL's picture

It'll be on the other side of the world.  India and China are more at risk unless it skips and breaks up all over the Pacific and California/Colorado/Oregon/Washington. 

HOWEVER.  Models are 98% certain it won't do that.

Personally I'm looking for the earth quakes.  The pacific rim has been really weird over the last three years.  Doesn't seem to take much to set it off now.  Interesting stuff.

Zap Powerz's picture

If I cant have a total destruction of the Eastern Seaboard, I will settle for total destruction of the Western Seaboard, but it will just not be the same.

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

It would be a waste of a catalysm to hit a flyover state.

hivekiller's picture

Good start but let's not forget LA, Sacramento, Detroit, most of New Jersey, and Israhell.