A little more on yesterday’s meteorite

Spaceweather.com updated with a statement from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

The asteroid was about 15 meters in diameter and weighed approximately 7000 metric tons. It struck Earth’s atmosphere at 40,000 mph (18 km/s) and broke apart about 12 to 15 miles (20 to 25 km) above Earth’s surface. The energy of the resulting explosion was in the vicinity of 300 kilotons of TNT.
A shock wave propagated down and struck the city below, causing large numbers of windows to break, some walls to collapse, and minor damage throughout the city,” he continued. “When you hear about injuries, those are undoubtedly due to the effects of the shock wave, not due to fragments striking the ground. There are undoubtedly fragments on the ground, but as of this time we know of no recovered fragments that we can verify.

meteorite trail
A collection of videos is here. They also said the meteorite is not related to asteroid 2012 DA14 because they were traveling in opposite directions.
Good thing it wasn’t any lower when it exploded or there would have been even more injuries.

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