Videos: Meteor lights up Russian skies; Update: Injuries now up over 900

posted at 8:01 am on February 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Pretty spectacular — and a little frightening, one might imagine, if one of these streaked across your field of vision.  Russia Today’s English-language service reports on the phenomenon observed over the last several hours, which also shattered windows in the Urals region as the meteor exploded in the atmosphere (via The Corner):

The Washington Post reports hundreds of injuries have been sustained from the meteor, 34 of them seriously enough to be hospitalized:

A meteor that scientists estimate weighed 10 tons (11 tons) streaked at supersonic speed over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, setting off blasts that injured some 500 people and frightened countless more.

The Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement that the meteor over the Chelyabinsk region entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometers (18-32 miles) above ground.

The fall caused explosions that broke glass over a wide area. The Emergency Ministry says more than 500 people sought treatment after the blasts and that 34 of them were hospitalized.

“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region.

No one is quite sure yet whether the light and sound show came from a single meteor or from a series of them, as the Guardian reports.  This video seems to indicate more than one, and gives a good idea what it sounded like to be close to the explosion:

By the way, why do so many Russians appear to have dashboard cameras in their cars?  The Guardian explains that, too, by linking to Animal New York:

In Russia, everyone should have a camera on their dashboard. It’s better than keeping a lead pipe under your seat for protection (but you might still want that lead pipe) …

Psychopaths are abundant on Russian roads. You best not cut anyone off or undertake some other type of maneuver that might inconvenience the 200-pound, six-foot-five brawling children you see on YouTube hopping out of their SUVs with their dukes up … These fights happen all the time and you can’t really press charges. Point to your broken nose or smashed windows all you want. The Russian courts don’t like verbal claims. They do, however, like to send people to jail for battery and property destruction if there’s definite video proof …

Dash-cam footage is the only real way to substantiate your claims in the court of law. Forget witnesses. Hit and runs are very common and insurance companies notoriously specialize in denying claims. Two-way insurance coverage is very expensive and almost completely unavailable for vehicles over ten years old–the drivers can only get basic liability.

Ooooooo-kay. Note to self: scratch “road trip in Urals” from bucket list.

Here are a couple more videos, and I’ll add more if and when we get a clearer view of the meteor:

Update: The injury count is rapidly rising, although it doesn’t appear to be increasing in intensity:

A meteor broke up in the sky Friday morning over the Ural Mountain city of Chelyabinsk, and the shock wave from the explosion smashed windows, collapsed roofs and injured more than 900 people. …

Regional Health Minister Marina Mokvicheva in Chelyabinsk said 985 people sought medical help for injuries and 43 were hospitalized.

The landing site for a portion of the meteor may have been found, too:

Searchers found a circular hole in the ice, several feet across, in a lake west of Chelyabinsk, and roped it off.


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Oh cozmo sweety, you still in your moms basement? ;-)

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

My mom doesn’t have a basement. Do you make good on threats? Or just fantasize about them?

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Putin took his shirt off and broke it apart with his fist.

forest on February 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Are you sure, cozmo? Don’t underestimate your momma. :-)

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Well, seeing as how I built her house, I know she doesn’t have one.

Your stupidity is only superseded by your failure at insults.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Oh, and the rock is now overhead and getting farther away from Earth. I expect y’alls luck will be just as pathetic next time doom wishers.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Cozmo, honey, I never threatened you. You’re a wee bit delusional, ain’t you?

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Asteroid? Injuries? Bush cut funding for space debris alert program.

Cruise? Fire in engine? Bush cut funding for what the government could have done to prevent these types of calamities.

Hurricane Sandy? Mayhem and Destruction? Bush didn’t build a big enough sea wall on Staten Island.

Blade Runner murder? Girl dead? Bush could have prevented international gun violence by supporting a Ban on handguns by the U.N.

Yahoo Voter bloc responds to Meteor news.

PappyD61 on February 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Cozmo is an id*ot of the highest order. Wait till a catastrophe strikes him/her. Lol

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

From the mind of the genius who predicts Japan’s gonna test a nuke this year…

DarkCurrent on February 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

As I suspected, armchair wish casting.

@unseen Cozmo is an id*ot of the highest order. Wait till a catastrophe strikes him/her. Lol

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

What failure insults? You got provoked. Lol

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

@unseen Cozmo is an id*ot of the highest order. Wait till a catastrophe strikes him/her. Lol

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

yeap typical sheep behavior

unseen on February 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

DC, aren’t you in China? So STFU. Don’t predict what might or might not happen. You’re a Chinese expert. Period.

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM

yeap typical sheep behavior

unseen on February 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

In case you missed it, you just lived through your latest conspiracy theory.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

From the mind of the genius who predicts Japan’s gonna test a nuke this year…

DarkCurrent on February 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

might not happen but the only reason Japan hasn’t is because the USA has acted as their nuclear umbrella. If Obama is going to cut 1/3 more nukes. Japan might figure its time to protect themselves.

unseen on February 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM

And you are an expert in what? Conspiracies?

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

In case you missed it, you just lived through your latest conspiracy theory.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

only one calling it a conspiracy theory is you. In fact I’m sure you think it costs the DOD $600 for a hammer.

unseen on February 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

DC, aren’t you in China? So STFU. Don’t predict what might or might not happen. You’re a Chinese expert. Period.

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Yes, I am. I also lived in Japan for quite a number of years working as a Ja -> En translator. Still travel there frequently. I suppose I know a bit more about Japan than you.

DarkCurrent on February 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

@cozmo The progs think that the pub Benghazi accusation is a conspiracy. The way you behave, you’ll fit right in there.

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM

unseen on February 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

That would depend on the hammer now wouldn’t it…either way, the hammer is still smarter than you conspiracy nuts.

You have been whining about this conspiracy for three pages now.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Are you new here?

Most of the nutballs here are better at this than you.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Now if you were a ‘Rat, you would say that it was your keyboard’s fault. :-)

Steve Eggleston on February 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Heh, yeah, that’s one of the things that makes us superior. We own our mistakes and try to learn from them.

dogsoldier on February 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

In that case DC, you’ve got your info horribly wrong. After NKs latest provocation, there is a tumult and a rethinking bout nukes both in Japan and SK. And I know it.

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

cozmo, honey, I’m still eating your cake. ;-) And truthfully, doesn’t matter if I’m old or new. Don’t like you insulting long time HA commentors. Thats all.

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:38 PM

In that case DC, you’ve got your info horribly wrong. After NKs latest provocation, there is a tumult and a rethinking bout nukes both in Japan and SK. And I know it.

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Since you somehow “know it” so well I’ll keep a link to your prediction so that I can congratulate you properly when it comes true.

Or, much more likely, I’ll have other uses for it.

DarkCurrent on February 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM

And I know it.

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Just like you knew the billionaires were in hiding because we were gonna’ get wiped out by an asteroid?

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Sure DC, thats upto you. :-)

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Nope, just checked, cake still here and you are as goofy as you have been since the first page.

Maybe you are unseen’s sock puppet.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM

cozmo, honey, did I state that billionaires were in hiding? Lol, you’re short on logic, ain’t you?

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Just check out if all the billionaires made a public appearance today. If not, hmm……ark or ship or submarine somewhere in China? ;-)

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

And have been sniffing unseen’s conspiracy fumes non-stop.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Yep cozmo, thats not surprising. When you lose the arguement, insult (goofy). Is that it, honey?

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Oh cozmo, you have no idea bout logic, do you? I stated: Just check. Lol

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Over in the QOTD thread, RWM had some info that said the Russian’s HAD engaged it and DID shoot it down.

Jabberwock on February 15, 2013 at 8:31 AM

For comparison purposes, the MLRS rocket can achieve velocity of roughly 12 miles per second. The meteor velocity was estimated to be about 9 miles per second. I don’t know if the Russians have a weapons system comparable to the MLRS. But it’s doubtful that the rocket payload has enough power to affect an object with enough kinetic energy to light up the sky during broad dayliight.

Red Creek on February 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Next time, cozmo, don’t eff with long time HA commentors. I’m now exiting from this thread.

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Or what? You will make more silly predictions? Or noob attempts at insults?

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

You have been whining about this conspiracy for three pages now.

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM </blockquote

ROFL….Are you really that stupid? since you can't for whatever reason accept the fact the GOV and media lies to you you label it a conspiracy. If a ELE is known in advance the general population will be the last to find out.

unseen on February 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Link to live video of 2012 DA14

http://www.wptv.com/generic/news/national/Live-streaming-video-page

Should of put this up sooner

listens2glenn on February 15, 2013 at 2:18 PM

unseen on February 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Are you still claiming that?

And you call me stupid…

cozmo on February 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Oh dear, “chainsaw love” going on again.

listens2glenn on February 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

@l2g You there? Got a message for you. :-)

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

@l2g You there? Got a message for you. :-)

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

.
My apologies, tommy’.

I’d “hit-and-run” with that last comment, to watch live coverage of the 2012 DA14 asteroid.

listens2glenn on February 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Vladimir Zhirinovsky denies meteorite, claims US weapons tests

BallisticBob on February 15, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Now, if *I* were President, I would tell the CIA, “Go ahead, play this up. Leak some papers. Deny some things very publicly. Give it some room to run.”

If a huge, uninformed portion of the world thinks we have machines that can control their brains and make their bodies explode like atom bombs and rain rocks from heaven down on their little hamlets, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. These are the sorts of people who will dislike their governments (or the neighborhood terrorist) antagonizing us.

GWB on February 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

This wasn’t a school shooting, but where’s the OUTRAGE on planning a system to counter these DOOMSDAY scenarios should one actually come to destroy EARTH?!

As we’ve seen any gun related event send severyone running in the streets screaming GUN LAWS GUN LAWS! We”ll these High SPeed space rocks have the potential to destroy the entire EARTH schoolkids and ALL, yet no one saying one ting about developing a system immediately if not sooner to address the heavenly threats.

In our lifetime we have seen a near miss to Jupiter leave a mark the SIZE oF THE EARTH ON JUPITER. Today we see TWO EVENTS unbelieveably similar on the same day yet the odds are astronomical this could have happened.

The current leadership is faulty to the detriment of the WORLD. Worried about guns when its maniacs to be dealt with, and then absolute silence on two events which risked civilization itself.

Lessons were to be learned today. Did we learn? Russia I think might have picked up a little. Hoarding gold won;t stop this. Making a vaccine wont stop it. Nature is talking. Is anyone listening?

johnnyU on February 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Searchers found a circular hole in the ice, several feet across, in a lake west of Chelyabinsk, and roped it off.

Like that’s gonna keep ‘me in.

Cleombrotus on February 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Radiation levels? From the meteor? From zinc? What ignorance!

ParisParamus on February 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Russians are paranoid about that sort of stuff I guess.

Amazing footage and the KA-BOOOOM!!! on the one video was pretty epic.

Yakko77 on February 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

That is AMAZING! I thought movies embellished asteroid impacts, but after seeing this, it may be that movies are understating the damage possible.

MrX on February 15, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Is it me, or are news people getting dumber?

truth2power on February 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM

People injured they can handle. As long as no vodka distilleries were hit things should be hunky dory ….

Sherman1864 on February 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Apparently meteors hate Russians as much as tornadoes hate trailer parks.

iceman1960 on February 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Interesting videos of the meteor.

api on February 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

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