Daily Mail – A terrifying meteorite shower left more than 950 people injured, buildings devastated and the mobile network wiped out when it hit Russia this morning.
Brightly burning rocks could be seen for miles as they crashed at around 9.20am local time and one bystander described it ‘like a scene from the Armageddon movie.’ The meteorite is believed to have landed in a lake near Chebarkul, a town in the neighboring Chelyabinsk region. The city of Chelyabinsk, 900 miles east of Moscow and close to the Kazakhstan border, took the brunt of the super sonic impact. Many of the injured had bloodied faces and one child’s back was seen covered in blood.
Tim O’Brien, associate director of the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory, said the injuries were caused when the meteor created a sonic boom.
‘This reasonably large chunk of rock was moving faster than the speed of sound, maybe 20,000 miles per hour. It made a sonic boom in the atmosphere, and that hit buildings and shattered windows. That is what seems to have caused the injuries.’
However, there were no reports of fatalities and it was not immediately clear if any people were struck by fragments.
A six metre wide hole was found in the ground close to Lake Chebarkul, said Russian military sources cited by RIA Novosti news agency. Earlier it was thought the main body of the meteorite had hit the lake.
‘The meteorite that passed over the Chelyabinsk region fell into a body of water 1km from the city of Chebarkul,’ said a statement posted on the website of Chelyabinsk governor, Mikhail Yurevich.
According to an unconfirmed report in Russia Today, the meteorite was intercepted by Russian air defense.
The strike came on the same day that Asteroid 2012 DA14 is due to skim the orbit of the Earth tonight. But astronomers say that it is probably just a coincidence – Dr Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society told MailOnline: ‘As I understand it, the Russian meteorite(s) were traveling from east to west whereas 2012 DA14 will be traveling from north to south.’
Boom goes Mother Russia. Welp, here it is, folks. The end of the world as we know it. The Mayans had it right, they were just a few months and days off. Baby Jesus must be pissed at Russia for something if he’s going and attacking them first. I don’t know what they did, but whatever happened they just stirred up the storm of all storms. You don’t mess with Baby Jesus, thats for sure. He’s just hurling million-pound fire rocks right at our face like he’s Randy Johnson. Next, he’s send DA14 at us later today. Better start getting done all the things you wanted to do before death. I’ll be going out to eat, then coming home to sit on my couch, eating some cookies with milk, blogging and enjoying a little TV. If I’m going out, I’m going out doing the things I love. Fuck a bucket list that include skydiving, seeing all 7-Wonders of the world, meeting the President, traveling the world, and taking a cruise- which’ll probably just leave you stranded to die out at sea. I’m cool with all those whack ideas. Keep your movie script bucket list. I’m doing normal people things that make me happy. The most outrageous thing I may do is take a flight out to Southern Cali so I could die in nice, warm weather. I might also call up some chick for a last second tussle in the sheets, but if we’re getting blown up by a fireball the last thing I want is to be naked. Not such a good look for any potential survivors to find you.
PS, Can someone explain to me why some rando Russian was driving around with a dashboard camera where he just so happened to catch the meteorite blow up his country? Do all Russians drive with dashboard cams? Is that the norm there?
PSS, Sweet music of choice, bruh. I can dig it.