BY EDITOR’S NEWS DESK STAFF
This article has been updated with a revised estimate of the size, mass and force of the meteor explosion.
(STARpod.us) — Two major threats from space approached the Earth on Friday, with one exploding high in the atmosphere, rocking the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia. The other, larger threat, safely passed by the Earth at a distance of just over 17,000 miles, well inside of the orbits of geosynchronous man-made satellites.
A rock from space, a meteor estimated to have been about 55 feet long, weighing roughly 10,000 tons and mostly made of iron, exploded when it collided with the atmosphere at an estimated velocity of 40,000 miles per hour, according to sources familiar with the incident. The explosive force released has been estimated to have been as high as 500 kilotons, the size of a very large nuclear weapon and many times greater than the combined explosive force of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in World War II. The resulting powerful shock wave shattered windows and door frames and collapsed walls, startling the unprepared population below, and reportedly injured as many as 1200 individuals on the ground, mostly from flying glass.
Psychic data predicts meteor explosions over U.S.
On 4 Oct. 2008, John L. Petersen’s futurist think-tank The Arlington Institute issued a report warning of potential future catastrophic events, based upon a database of anomalous and potentially precognitive dream events.
Included within the database were reports from multiple sources of events eerily similar to the Russian meteor explosion:
- Sky turns into ripples, like rock thrown into a lake; turns bright red and orange. Fire sweeps me away.
- Watching a televised newscast of multiple catastrophic meteorite hits. Although I had the impression the I was watching a newscast, I was simultaneously viewing the impacts from above. There were four impacts in the continental U.S., one right after the other in rapid succession (within seconds of each other).
- The impacts occurred from west to east, with the first impact being in Washington state. The next three hits occurred in Wyoming, Wisconsin and Washington, DC. The earth trembled and the sky turned to a brownish color with granularity. I realized that this was soil and other particulate matter that had been ejected into the sky from the impacts.
- I looked out of the front windows of my house – it was daytime. I saw enormous cloud formation in the sky, rushing by with great speeds, billowing, puffing, rushing, with small tornadoes coming and going in the sky. Dark billowy clouds, white billowy clouds, all moving at great speed. Then I heard great booms, at first from a distance, then getting louder. The house was shaking, windows rattling. Then a great sideways plume of billowy clouds came rushing down the street. I was afraid that the house was going to get swept away.
In the early 1990s, the U.S. government released a “fire in the sky” memorandum for the record concerning psychic intelligence of “planetary magnitude.”
- Lots of fires, Large sections of area appear as a wasteland from fires. The sky is a surrealistic color; almost as if the sky itself is on fire. There are waves of oscillating color and streaks. It appears as if a wall of fiery color is sweeping across a section of terrain.
New information provided by a worldwide network of sensors has allowed scientists to refine their estimates for the size of the object that entered that atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia, at 7:20:26 p.m. PST, or 10:20:26 p.m. EST on Feb. 14 (3:20:26 UTC on Feb. 15).
The estimated size of the object, prior to entering Earth’s atmosphere, has been revised upward from 49 feet (15 meters) to 55 feet (17 meters), and its estimated mass has increased from 7,000 to 10,000 tons. Also, the estimate for energy released during the event has increased by 30 kilotons to nearly 500 kilotons of energy released. These new estimates were generated using new data that had been collected by five additional infrasound stations located around the world – the first recording of the event being in Alaska, over 6,500 kilometers away from Chelyabinsk. The infrasound data indicates that the event, from atmospheric entry to the meteor’s airborne disintegration took 32.5 seconds. The calculations using the infrasound data were performed by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
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