16th February - Today's News: 1200 Injured by Russian Meteorite: Largest Impactor Since 1908



Russia sends clean-up team to meteorite-hit Urals where around 1,200 people have reported injuries (mainly from flying glass).   Meanwhile, asteroid misses Earth by 17,000 miles after meteor strikes Russia.

Incidently, it's been suggested that Russian meteor largest in a century - since Tunguska in 1908.  Initial estimates put the size of the rock at 10-40 tonnes making it at best only half the size of  TC which hit the Sudan in 2008.   However, estimates have since changed somewhat (see the comments below the Nature piece linked above) and now stand at around 7,000 tonnes.  So yes, it would be the largest impactor since Tunguska.


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