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It's Been Real: 10-Ton Meteor Explodes Above Russia

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In apocalyptic news, a meteor exploded above Russia this morning, injuring hundreds, and sending at least one blogger thousands of miles away into the makeshift survival bunker he built in the hallway closet. I'm not gonna lie, there's little more than coats and a vacuum cleaner in here. I'll be lucky to survive until lunch.

The Russian Academy of Sciences is estimating the meteor weighed about 10 tons.


The academy said in a statement hours fall that the meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of at least 54,000 kph (33,000 mph) and shattered about 30-50 kilometres (18-32 miles) above ground.

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 neighbouring 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.

You have to watch some of the videos after the jump, they're unreal. I'm not sure what I would have done if I was in the area at the time besides ask myself what the hell I'm doing in Russia when I swear I fell asleep in my bed in California. Admittedly though, things like that do happen (one time I blacked out in a Vegas casino and woke up on a beach in Florida -- true story).

Hit the jump for a bunch of different videos of the alien attack.

Thanks to everyone who sent this, most of whose tips began with "APOCALYPSE", "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE" or "HOLD ME, GW."

There are Comments.
  • Olivia

    Was his "call Bruce Willis" statement a reference to The Fifth Element??? Awesome!

  • HAL

    10,000 tons, not 10 tons - that would be pretty small boulder. Next time check official sources first - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pa...

  • Scott Hall. 61st IWGP Champ.

    The Super Sayjin has arrived

  • Scott Hall. 61st IWGP Champ.

    So...the last son for Krypton has arrived.

  • Amplifide

    Obviously its a photoshop job. The shadows are all wrong! HAHAHAHAHA Conspiracy theorists will be having a field day with this.

  • Conrado Parra

    Kal-el Landed in Russia, Superman red son, were fucked

  • Lee

    Looks like Kal-el ship didnt survive the descent through the atmosphere...
    Not today but maybe we can get some Tiberium.

    --(2 completely different sci fi stories I know! Im a C&C fan!)

  • Conrado Parra

    Kal-El Landed in Russia; Superman Red Son, were fucked...

  • theresa

    No body freaked ..they were like, "Eh its normal"

  • Guest

    Free space rocks for all!

  • MageOmega

    *looks at article. looks at first related article below it, Asteroid To Pass Near Earth Next February 15th, looks at date.*

    Uhh....

  • Matthew Little

    Different things. This was a meteorite. That was an asteroid. Different times etc. Asteroid passed fine.

  • Closet Nerd

    And why do all these Russians drive around with video cameras on their dashboards?
    .... just sayin

  • John Lee

    Was in Asia last month, found out dashboard cams are quite popular outside North America. Useful for insurance purposes. Almost bought one, then I remembered I don't have a car.

  • Grue

    So is that the "asteroid that's going to pass 17,000 mi above Earth" that NASA predicted last year? Sweet...

  • thatcando

    about one hour from now...

  • Closet Nerd

    No. That asteroid is still scheduled for today
    .... just sayin

  • In reality, it was just China testing out a new type of firework.

  • Shawn Bibby

    thats a big shooting star!

  • Guest

    Shooting star? ... SHOOT IT BACK!

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