Terror in the skies of Russia

Graeme Poole*

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It was just another normal day for the residents of the Russian town of Chelyabinsk as they set off for work on Friday 15 February 2013. A rock less than 20 metres wide changed all that. A meteor weighing some 11 000 tonnes hit the Earth's atmosphere above the Ural Mountains with an estimated speed of 18 km/s (65 000 km/h). It exploded over Chelyabinsk with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs, causing a shockwave to tear through the region and injuring over 1500 people. It was the biggest meteor strike in the last 100 years, and undoubtedly the most archived ever.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-181
Number of pages5
JournalGeology Today
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


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