Skimming through my twitter feed, I came across a story that I’m sure most of you have caught wind of, but for those of you who haven’t, here is but one of the hundreds of videos on YouTube which captures the falling of a meteor over Russia:
According to the CBC news, at about 9:20 in the morning, a meteor streaked across the sky over Chelyabinsk region “with the power of an atomic bomb, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring more than 750 people”. As you can tell from the footage, it fell very quickly, its decent leaving behind it a white trail that looks almost like the exhaust of a rocket ship. It wasn’t even the impact of the meteor that caused so much damage, but the shock wave caused by the mere speed of the object as it descends through the atmosphere.
Apparently, it is being debated right now whether this meteor was an isolated incident, or if it was part of a larger meteor shower. There is also fear that it might be warning of a much larger natural disaster to come, potentially in the form of an asteroid. This is just speculation, though. If you ask me, with all of the pieces of space junk floating around out there, it was only a matter of time before some of it passed this way. It’s not as though this is the first time something like this has happened, either. There are dozens of craters around the world which have been confirmed to be the result of meteor landings. The destructive force of this one, however, is rather startling.
I do hope that everyone is able to recover from this, both physically and emotionally. I can’t even begin to imagine how terrifying it would be to just be walking around one day, going about my business, to suddenly have glass shattering all around me. It sounds like the scene from a movie, but those people in Russia are no actors, and that meteor was definitely not the result of some computer special effects.
If you want more details about this story, here is a link to the CBC coverage: CBC News
That is all for today. Let me know in the comments whether you think this could, in fact, be a prelude to something bigger, or if the growing panic over the possibility of an asteroid hitting earth soon is just a result of their post traumatic stress. Let me know, and until next time, happy reading!