17 February 2013, 10:47

Meteorite explodes over Cuba (VIDEO)

Meteorite explodes over Cuba (VIDEO)

Cuba apparently experienced a phenomenon similar to but smaller than the meteor that exploded over Russia, media reported. Startled residents described a bright light and explosion that shook windows and walls.

No injuries or damage was reported.

In a video from a state TV newscast posted on the website CubaSi late Friday, unidentified residents of the central city of Rodas, near Cienfuegos, said the explosion was impressive.

"My home shook completely," a woman in the video said. "I had never heard such a strange thing."

Five to 10 small meteorites hit the planet each year. Events like the one over Russia are rarer. It was the biggest since a meteor hit Siberia in 1908.


Meteor reported in skies over San Francisco Bay Area

Comments on Twitter indicated the object that flashed across the horizon around 8 p.m. was blue in color and visible from the Peninsula to at least the eastern reaches of Contra Costa County and as far away as Red Bluff.

Scanner traffic at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office indicated that they were aware of the event, but a dispatcher said they had not received any emergency calls related to it.

One commenter on Twitter, who said they saw the meteor while driving in a car in Cupertino, said the object appeared to be headed west.

It may not have been as spectacular as the space snowball that streaked across the skies above Russia late Thursday, but the Bay Area's close encounter with a meteor Friday night was drawing its own attention on social networks. 

Russian MP blames meteor shower on US secret arms test

Russia’s controversial Liberal leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has blamed Americans for today’s meteorite scare, local media report.

“Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons," Mr. Zhirinovsky confessed to journalists. "[US Secretary of State] John Kerry wanted to warn [Russia’s Foreign Minister] Lavrov on Monday, he was looking for Lavrov, and Lavrov was on a trip. He meant to warn Lavrov about a provocation against Russia,” he said.

The US Department of State has recently said that John Kerry has been unable to get in touch with Russia’s Sergei Lavrov, who is away on his Africa tour, for three days to discuss urgent global issues, including the North Korean threat and the escalating Syrian crisis.

Meteorite debris reportedly hit Russia’s Urals region early on Friday, injuring about 400 people. The Yekaterinburg observatory said bolide-shaped debris came down as a meteor shower.

Number of Russia’s meteorite victims nears 500

About 470 people have requested medical assistance following a meteorite crash in central Russia. Twenty-two people have been admitted to hospital.

“There are a dozen of children among the victims, although their wounds are light,” Vladimir Stepanov from the National Crisis Management Center has been reported as saying Friday.

7 jets scrambled to look for meteorite in Russia

The local emergency agency has said it found no debris of the meteorite that burst into flames in the skies of Russia’s Urals region.

“No space objects have been discovered, as of midday today,” the agency’s spokesperson reported, adding seven aircraft have been scrambled to search Chebarkul, Yetkulsk, Satkinsk and Ashinsk districts, as well as the towns of Miass and Zlatoust in the Chelyabinsk region.

Voice of Russia, Star-Telegram, RT, Interfax, RIA

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