Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/15/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Event is the first time a meteorite has caused mass injuries.

Nearly a thousand people have been injured, two seriously, following what appears to be the explosion of a meteorite over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk around 9:20 a.m. local time today. Although pieces of the meteorite reportedly hit the ground, it is the airbust that appears to have done the most damage.

The meteorite streaked a twin contrail in the sky over Chelyabinsk.

The meteorite streaked a twin contrail in the sky over Chelyabinsk.

Article Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/15/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Chelyabinsk, meteorite, asteroid 2012 DA14, impact, Russia, injuries, injured, hurt, killed, impact, Tunguska


MOSCOW, RUSSIA (Catholic Online) - Witnesses reported seeing an intense flash of light from as far away as 300 miles away from the event's epicenter in Chelyabinsk. In Chelyabinsk, the shockwave from the event was so powerful that it shattered windows, blew open doors, and even collapsed a factory roof.

About 980 people are reported injured at this time, although the actual number may be much higher as those with minor injuries do not report them. At least two people are reported in serious condition.

Local new agencies report damage to 12 schools, as well as dozens of industrial enters and 297 apartment complexes, which abound in the city of 1.1 million people.

The primary concern now is for cold. Shattered windows with high temperatures of only 23 degrees Fahrenheit and much colder overnight, means that anyone who cannot replace the windows or insulate the openings soon will need to find someplace else to sleep.

This is the first time in recorded human history that so many people have been injured by the reentry of a meteorite. A few historical reports and anecdotes claim injuries and even a few deaths from smaller impacts, however these stories are mostly anecdotal and have never been verified.

The event in Chelyabinsk is uniquely significant from a historical perspective.

The Russian academy of sciences has estimated the mass of the meteorite to be about 10 tons, with most it burning up in the atmosphere. There were unconfirmed reports of debris raining down in various areas around the city and its outskirts. Scientists will be rushing to recover what debris they can so they can learn more about the object which hit the Earth at a speed of about 10 to 12 miles per second.

Comparisons to the 1908 Tunguska event were promptly made. However, that object is believed to have been considerably larger, and far more destructive than today's meteorite.

Speculation also occurred that suggested the event could be related to the close passage of asteroid 2012 DA14, which occurs today. Researchers have quickly nixed this idea, saying the meteorite's trajectory does not match that of the asteroid. The two are entirely unrelated, but it is a curious coincidence nonetheless.

Events such as this are rare, but not as rare as we might suppose. Similar impacts happen about once per year however they typically happen over uninhabited regions and therefore go unnoticed.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2014
Ecology and Justice:
That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick: That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

China set to become the world's largest Christian nation Watch

Image of China will soon become the world's largest Christian nation, and that's wonderful news!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In nearly every human respect, China is the world's biggest. It's the world's most populous country, the world's largest English speaking nation, and soon, it may be the world's largest Christian nation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Chinese Christian ... continue reading


China's price for progress: One fifth of its soil found contaminated Watch

Image of China's rapid industrialization is feared to be causing irreparable damage to its environment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China leap into an economic powerhouse has come at a very heavy price. A recent study has found that a fifth of China's soil is contaminated. According to an official study released by the government, 16.1 percent of China's soil and 19.4 percent of its arable ... continue reading


SELF TORTURE: Disregarding church, Filipino faithful flagellate themselves in bloody ritual Watch

Image of The penitents in San Fernando whip their backs as they make their way along narrow roads which lead to a dusty hill.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Their practices are not condoned by the Catholic Church - who says it takes away from the real meaning behind Lent. Regardless, Filipino men don hoods to conceal their faces, remove their shirts and whip themselves raw in city streets in atonement. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Baby born with headless twin, four hands, recovering after surgery Watch

Image of The conjoined twins weighed just over three kilograms before surgery, with the removed parasitic fetus weighing 0.6kg.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 13-day-old baby boy now has a greater chance at a normal life after doctors have removed superfluous limbs from him. Now in stable condition, the child was born with a headless, parasitic twin. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The child was born with four ... continue reading


DON'T READ THIS if you're squeamish Watch

Image of Both men had been married with children. Their wives reportedly left them before being detained by police three years ago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Don't read this following article if you are in any squeamish or delicate in nature. We mean it. Two Brothers in Pakistan have been arrested for cannibalism after a young boy's head was found in their squalid home. The two had run into trouble with the law ... continue reading


Indian slums switch to solar powered lamps Watch

Image of Many poor urban communities in India are forced to live by candlelight. Slum tenants also use polluting fuels like kerosene, or

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the slums of New Delhi, India, where starvation, disease and filth run rampant, a most extraordinary thing is happening. The poor here are being given solar lamps in order to use cleaner energy. The smoke from kerosene lamps, in addition to wood burning ... continue reading


Tantalizing clues persist in Flight 370 mystery as searchers dive deep Watch

Image of The Bluefin 21 submersible will scan the seafloor for any signs of wreckage. Each mission will take about 24 hours to complete and another day will be needed to prepare Bluefin for a second mission. The search could take weeks.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

International search efforts for Malaysia Air Flight 370 continue in the Indian Ocean, over a thousand miles off the coast of Perth Australia. Although investigators believe the batteries that power the data recorders are likely dead, other tantalizing clues about the ... continue reading


Chinese seek out Christ on Internet - over Chairman Mao Watch

Image of A search for the term referring to unregistered Christian organizations in China produces a blank search page with a notice reading,

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, has revealed a highly interesting fact. As the Chinese Communist Party rigorously censors any mention of any potential religious influence, such as Islam, Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity, it comes as a surprise that ... continue reading


Ukraine instability raises fear of gas shortages in Europe Watch

Image of Gazprom says that it could demand advance payments from Kiev for gas this week. President Putin says Gazprom should hold off, pending talks with

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Russia's "theft" of Crimea has brought international condemnation, fears of a new cold war and made Ukraine highly nervous of a military takeover. In the meantime, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned European leaders that Ukraine's failure to pay for ... continue reading


Auto sales in China increase by nine percent Watch

Image of Passenger vehicle sales in China have risen nine percent year-on-year for the month of March.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a sign of China's growing middle class - in addition to trying to beat the clock before new regulations go into effect. Passenger vehicle sales in China have risen nine percent year-on-year for the month of March. The sudden surge is driven by delayed new ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 3:1-10
1 Once, when Peter and John were going up to the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh, call on his name, ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 24:13-35
13 Now that very same day, two of them were on their ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 23rd, 2014 Image

St. George
April 23: Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter