January 1, 2014
This is a compilation of videos taken by car cams, CCTVs and home video cameras of the Chelyabinsk Meteor air blast over the southern Ural region of Russia, nearly a year ago, the shock wave of which shattered window through a large swathe of Russian territory and even collapsed some buildings. These collateral effects resulted in wounds serious enough to cause 1,500 people to seek emergency treatment, although, luckily no one was killed.
Just in case Comet Ison is NOT a friendly UFO, being piloted by friendly ETs who intend to spread good vibes all over Earth and the human race, as I am being bombarded by many subscribers, I’ll give an alternative view as to what we may expect, starting in less than 2 weeks:
Planet Earth is about to enter the trail of fragments left behind by Comet Ison: an estimated 40-million-mile wave of debris, which is estimated to occur between January 12-19 (some say starting as early as January 9th), the worst case scenario we might expect would be multiple impacts over a period of about one week, such as the one, in Chelyabinsk (in mid-air) – hopefully not worse, with actual ground- and ocean impacts (the latter, more likely, as the Earth is mostly composed of oceans), which could cause tsunamis or even megatsunamis.
This is not a fear-mongering piece. Chelyabinsk happened (without notice), bolide impacts have always happened and they will happen again, one day or another – and maybe a lot of them, in less than 2 weeks.
Forewarned is fore-armed.
The Chelyabinsk meteor was a near-Earth asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere over Russia on 15 February 2013 at about 09:20 YEKT (03:20 UTC), with an estimated speed of 18.6 km/s (over 41,000 mph or 66,960 km/h), almost 60 times the speed of sound. It quickly became a brilliant superbolide meteor over the southern Ural region. The light from the meteor was brighter than the sun. It was observed over a wide area of the region and in neighbouring republics. Eyewitnesses also felt intense heat from the fireball.
Due to its enormous velocity and shallow atmospheric entry angle, the object exploded in an air burst over Chelyabinsk Oblast, at a height of around 23.3 km (14.5 miles, 76,000 feet). The explosion generated a bright flash, producing many small fragmentary meteorites and a powerful shock wave. The atmosphere absorbed most of the object’s energy, with a total kinetic energy before atmospheric impact equivalent to approximately 500 kilotons of TNT (about 1.8 PJ), 20â€“30 times more energy than was released from the atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima.
The object was undetected before its atmospheric entry and its explosion created panic among local residents. Some 7,200 buildings in six cities across the region were damaged by the explosion’s shock wave, and authorities scrambled to help repair the structures in sub-zero (Â°C) temperatures.
With an estimated initial mass of about 12,000â€“13,000 metric tons (13,000â€“14,000 short tons, heavier than the Eiffel Tower), and measuring between 17 and 20 meters (55-65 feet) in size, it is the largest known natural object to have entered Earth’s atmosphere since the 1908 Tunguska event that destroyed a wide, remote, forested area of Siberia (although some claim this was a failed Tesla experiment).
The Chelyabinsk meteor is also the only meteor confirmed to have resulted in a large number of injuries. The predicted close approach of a second asteroid, the roughly 30-meter (98-foot) Duende (at the time still known by its provisional designation 2012 DA14) occurred about 16 hours later; detailed analysis of the two objects later determined that they were unrelated to each other. However, its orbit was sufficiently similar to the 2-kilometer-diameter asteroid (86039) 1999 NC43 to suggest they had once been part of the same object.