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Monday, February 19, 2018

The calculated power of the explosion of a meteor over Detroit

The power of the explosion that occurred at the recent destruction of the meteor over Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan, totaled about 100 tons of TNT. This was reported by experts from the office meteoroids space flight Center of NASA in Huntsville.

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Recently, the attention of the residents of Michigan drew a bright flash in the night sky and a loud Bang, and then the records from the surveillance cameras and DVRs on the cars looked many Internet users. Soon the national weather service of the USA reported that the event was not caused by lightning and a meteorite.

Having studied the trajectory of a celestial body and other available data, the researchers came to the conclusion that its diameter exceeds 91 inches, and moved it very low for such objects speed — a little more than 45 thousand kilometers per hour. Also, experts noted that before the collapse, a meteor penetrated very deeply into the atmosphere.

The experts also commented on the earlier report that a meteorite caused the earthquake with magnitude of 2.0 — according to them, the observed phenomenon still can not be called an earthquake, in the full sense of the word, so such an estimate cannot be considered accurate.

Finally, the experts expressed the hope that small fragments of the cosmic body has reached the Earth’s surface, and during the planned expeditions will be able to find.

For comparison, the power of the explosion meteorite that fell in February 2013 in Chelyabinsk region was about 400 kilotons of TNT. As a result, the event suffered 1 613 people, material damage amounted to nearly 500 thousand rubles. Although the meteor exploded over the Michigan, seriously frightened many Americans, reports of casualties or damage were reported.

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