Hundred of video showing the dramatic impact of meteor explosion above Russia’s Urals region that sent shock waves shattering windows, injuring as many as 1200 people is still being uploaded to Youtube. .
Chances of foreign objects such as the meteor striking the earth is extremely rare, a once in a century sort of occurrence.
“This was the largest object observed to hit the Earth since 1908,” said Margaret Campbell-Brown, an astronomer at the University of Western Ontario. That’s when another space rock exploded over Siberia, leveling 800 square miles of forest in what became known as the Tunguska event.
Washington Post described it as follows: Washington Post story:
It was a day when the Earth was caught in a cosmic crossfire. The big rock came from the south, the smaller one from the east. They were unrelated objects, with different orbits, one the size of an apartment building, the other slimmer but with better aim. The larger asteroid missed by 17,000 miles, as expected, but the Russian meteor stole the show Friday, fireballing across the Ural Mountains in spectacular fashion and exploding into fragments, creating a powerful shock wave that blew out windows, collapsed roofs and injured 1,200 people, mostly from broken glass.
Here is another video with audio.