It's easy for us humans to forget how vulnerable we are as a species. That we're essentially on a rock spinning in a huge universe filled with other rocks spinning and one of them could easily hit us and wipe us out in an instant. Hell, we don't forget it so much as desperately put it out of our minds! But one town in central Russia got a rude reminder of this scary reality when they awoke to a huge meteor exploding over their heads. There have been no reports of anyone being killed -- a true miracle! -- but hundreds were injured by damaged buildings, flying glass, and falling debris. This is the nuttiest and most terrifying event you'll see all year. (Hopefully.)
The meteor streaked across the Russian sky on Friday, entering the atmosphere at 33,000 miles per hour, and exploding with the force of a nuclear bomb. Panicked residents ran for cover, screaming and yelling. The sky filled with an eerie orange glow and a thick white tail of cloud and smoke hovered over the sky.
The meteor created an earth-shattering sonic boom as it entered the atmosphere, terrorizing people who thought it might be a bomb. It also left a 20-foot wide crater in the ground. Shock waves sent nearby buildings collapsing.
In other words, this was like a real life horror movie!
Reportedly almost 1000 people are injured, 82 of them children. Many others weren't physically injured, but were in shock. Elderly women were reportingly crying out that the world was ending. "There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people's houses to check if they were okay," said a resident of Chelyabinsk, the biggest region hit with the meteor.
I can't imagine what these poor people have been through! How terrifying to know how easily your entire world can end, and how helpless you must feel. But let's look on the bright side here, no one was killed -- and this region has to have its meteor exploding happenings out of the way for awhile. I mean what would be the odds of them getting it again any time soon?
Good god, what if this had happened over a large city like New York, Los Angeles, London or had happened closer to Moscow? Ugh, I don't even want to think about it. Chaos!! Bad news: No one yet has the capability to shoot down a meteor. By the way, this wasn't an asteroid. Those are bigger! Where's Bruce Willis when you need him?!
Maybe it takes something like this for us all to remember that we have one big thing in common: The planet!
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