Russia halts search for meteorite

Feb 17, 2013 by Maria Antonova
A Chelyabinsk region police officer stands near a six-metre (20-foot) hole in a frozen lake, believed at first to be the site where the meteor landed in Chebakul, February 15, 2013. Russian authorities have halted their search for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals Friday.

Russian authorities halted their search Sunday for the meteorite that spectacularly struck the Urals last week, leaving about 1,200 people injured and damaging several thousand buildings.

The 10-tonne streaked over the Chelyabinsk region in central Russia in a blinding on Friday.

With air temperatures at around minus 17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit), Russian divers spent Saturday scouring a frozen lake believed to be the impact site, but the emergency ministry has now decided to focus on repair works in the region instead, a spokesman told AFP.

"Divers worked there, but we didn't find anything," said spokesman Vyacheslav Ladonkin.

He said the ministry considered that a circular eight-metre hole in the frozen lake Chebarkul, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the city of Chelyabinsk, was not caused by any extraterrestrial body.
"We believe it was caused by something else," he said. "A decision has been made to stop the search. It will not be continued today."

Forty people remained in hospital Sunday, mostly with cuts, broken bones and concussion, a doctor told Rossiya Channel from the Chelyabinsk hospital said, while a special centre was opened to provide psychological help to those disturbed by the incident.

"There was a white streak. We thought it was a burning plane," Vera, a patient who was brought to the hospital unconscious, told Rossiya as she recounted Friday's drama.

"Then there was a blast. And then I don't remember," she said from her hospital bed, apparently still dazed.

A meteorite trail is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals' city of Chelyabinsk, on February 15, 2013. The strike is the most stunning cosmic incident above Russia since the 1908 Tunguska Event, in which a colossal blast most scientists blame on an asteroid or a comet levelled trees across a stretch of Siberia.

Emergency workers continued replacing smashed window panes during the weekend, after nearly 5,000 buildings were damaged by the caused by what scientists said was a 10-tonne meteor.

The strike is the most stunning cosmic incident above Russia since the 1908 , in which a colossal blast most scientists blame on an asteroid or a comet levelled trees across a stretch of Siberia.

Scientists at US space agency NASA estimated that the amount of energy released in the atmosphere on Friday was about 30 times greater than the force of the nuclear bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.

The drama in Russia developed just hours before an asteroid—a space object similar to a tiny planet orbiting the sun—whizzed safely past Earth at the unprecedented distance of 27,000 kilometres (17,200 miles).

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Ophelia
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 17, 2013
...10-tonne meteor.

More like 10,000 ton.
ValeriaT
5 / 5 (1) Feb 17, 2013
It could be actually a quite tiny piece (bellow 1 kg), which created the splash, which did broke the ice in 8 meter diameter.
Mayday
1.5 / 5 (4) Feb 17, 2013
Considering its size, speed and the explosive energy unleashed, might not significant fragments have been ejected back into space to re-enter the atmosphere later and much farther away along the same trajectory -- maybe halfway around the globe? Coming from the direction of the sun, heading east to west -- takes deflected debris over Scotland, northern Canada, western US. They would have been visible along a reverse timeline earlier throughout the night along that route. A solid two-wood could have even made Hawaii. Get out your metal detectors.
Mayday
3 / 5 (2) Feb 17, 2013
Sorry, my bad. The reported trajectory has the meteor going north to south. In which case, ejected fragments head toward the Arabian peninsula and western Africa. But how does that square with reports that it was coming roughly from the direction of the sun? A south to north trajectory would make more sense. Which puts the fragments in the Arctic and maybe western Canada. Never mind. Save your batteries.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (6) Feb 17, 2013
In other words they found much of it and are going to sell it anonymously on ebay so they can buy vacation homes in dubai. This is how russia works.
VendicarE
1.3 / 5 (6) Feb 17, 2013
The Republican position on Asteroid Deflection... "Due to the Democrats' wasteful spending, our deficit has already risen to unprecedented levels. We can't keep borrowing money like this; it would be irresponsible. The American people are tired of it! If this asteroid deflection plan passes, our children and grandchildren will remember this moment as when their futures were forfeited. What what we really need to be doing is cutting spending and easing the tax burden on our corporations so they can keep on creating jobs like they've been doing these last few decades."

"Look no meteor NASA. Just a bunch of stars like there always are. How convenient that the asteroid is only visible in the southern hemisphere now. How gullible do the Democrats think we are?" - Faux News Glenn Beck

"According to NASA, part of Kenya is supposed to be in the direct path of the asteroid. A coincidence? I think not. This is just more of Barack Hussein Obama's betrayal of America." - Republican Rush Limbaug
geokstr
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 18, 2013
"According to NASA, part of Kenya is supposed to be in the direct path of the asteroid. A coincidence? I think not. This is just more of Barack Hussein Obama's betrayal of America." - Republican Rush Limbaug"


Just searched for this quote on google. The only place it shows up is on a Daily Kos post, w/o link. Now there's a real credible source, but it's telling to see where you get your "quotes" from.

No doubt if he did say any such thing, it was sarcasm, a rhetorical device not allowed for anyone but the left to use on the right (Book of St Saul, Psalm #5}. I've seen so much dishonesty and fabrication from the left on just quotes from Limbaugh [Psalm #13], let alone everything else they (and you) say, that it's obvious your "congenital liar" comment about conservatives is nothing more than a pathological case of "congenital projection".
katesisco
1 / 5 (2) Feb 18, 2013
Maybe it was not a meteorite; maybe it was a tiny hand-sized rock wrapped in compressed gas and the gas is the reason we do not find the rock.
WiresU
1 / 5 (2) Feb 18, 2013
I think the meteor was mostly ice. The contrail looked like and dissipated like steam. They should have biologists looking for bacteria and viruses in the lake and on the ground. As long as it it very cold there they may be able to somewhat contain any danger to humans from any alien life before the spring. Maybe they should stop using the reservoir for a water supply until it is deemed safe. They are finding very little metal leftovers from this "large" meteorite. This ball of ice would have shattered when it hit the lake ice but left a hole like has been found. If there were alien viruses dumped over the area, the people will start coming down with mystery diseases and should be quarantined immediately. Good luck to all the people of that area and the world.
VendicarE
1 / 5 (1) Feb 18, 2013
Clearly it was an alien spacecraft from the planet mongo.

The double trail was from it's duel engine pods.

And the rocks found are what is left of an alien once you roast and implode one.

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