Massive Meteor Explosion over Russia

The Guardian has pictures of a meteor explosion over the city of Chelyabinsk. The meteor was estimated to mass 10 tons, and the resulting explosion shattered windows, damaged roofs and injured an estimated 500 people.

Here’s a video from an on-board car camera catching part of the explosion and the resulting dust cloud:

Very cool, but also very frightening. Thankfully there are no results of deaths, although it looks like many people were injured by falling debris and shattering glass.

  • Ubi Dubium

    I expect it won’t be long before the conspiracy theorists start popping up claiming that it wasn’t a meteor, but some secret nefarious government experiment gone horribly wrong!

    • Yoav

      Already happened according to certified nutjob Vladimir Zhirinovsky it was really an American weapon test.

      • kessy_athena

        When I first heard about the meteor strike, I turned on CNN and one of the daytime anchors commented that the first they heard about it was a report of a UFO over Russia and they weren’t sure what to make of it at first. I have to admit that if a kiloton range blast happened over my city, my first thought would probably be to wonder if we were under attack.

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  • Natty

    Is there not a chance that the Lord himself sent this un-knowable entity from his greater universe as a warning relating to the rise of unbelief amonsgt his subjects?

    • Artor

      No, there is not a chance of that. Also, what do you mean “unknowable,”? We already know pretty well exactly what this was. Also, neither I, nor many Russians are, or ever have been, “subjects,” of this imaginary asshole you refer to.

      • Natty

        Excuse me, every soul on His planet is His subject. I would not pressume to name call another human even yet you think it is acceptable to refer to the Lord as an asshole? I you need to think about where you are headed my friend.

        • Troutbane

          I think you missed the part where he used the word “imaginary”. Like calling Santa or the Easter Bunny an asshole. It has no meaning.

        • Jabster

          Your god may be an imaginary arsehole but you’re real aren’t you?

        • JohnMWhite

          I think your lord needs to think about not blowing shit up above people’s houses and injuring them with shattered glass while they’re just going about their business. If god’s the one screwing around with meteors, he’s still an arsehole, whether the meteors are ‘knowable’ or not.

        • Sunny Day

          Natty, blasphemy is a victimless crime.
          If god doesn’t want to be known as a colossal shitstain it could always step up and defend itself.

        • Artor

          Bow to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, you blasphemous infidel! What’s that? You don’t believe in the FSM? No matter, you have been touched by his noodly appendage, and you shall be cast into the lake of boiling marinara sauce for all eternity unless you repent!
          Seriously, that’s exactly how you sound to rational people. If you don’t think YHVH is a colossal piece of shit, then you haven’t read your own Bible.

          • Noelle

            Catch up, kid. Natty was making a funny.

        • RickRay1

          Any god who creates a hell for his children deserves to be the first to burn in it. I think you mythed the point!

    • Sunny Day

      “Why does god need a starship?” or a meteor for that matter?

  • 100meters

    Natty a Poe ?

    • ZenDruid

      I don’t think so. The grammar and spelling suggest the genuine article.

  • Natty

    haha sorry guys just wanted to stir it up a bit (troll?) i pretty much agree with everything everybody has written agianst the stupid idea i put foward, if god was real he would most definitelly be a massive asshole!

    • Jabster

      Still doesn’t mean you’re not an arsehole does it though?

      Care to explain your thought processes, limited though they may be.

      • Natty

        not really, i think your just upset becuse you turned your internet anger on nothing! as for me being an asshole, absolutely!

        • Jabster

          Internet anger … lol

          You can tell that all from a couple of posts – well I’ve got to say you’re powers of thought are even more limited than I thought.

    • JohnMWhite

      You’re so clever. You really take the prize. Nobody, in the history of the Internet, has ever thought of such a cunning ruse before. And to think, you had us wasting about twenty seconds on replying on a blog where we already frequently comment! You certainly showed us, sir. Well done.

      • Natty

        it wasnt that clever lol! im sure sombody on the internet has done it before if im honest.

        • Jabster

          You’re probably right … I’d imagine your entire family are arseholes.