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Asteroid 'Hit Northern Russia'
Ananova ^ | 10-4-2002

Posted on 10/05/2002 12:02:00 PM PDT by blam

Asteroid 'hit northern Russia'

A large meteorite is thought to have smashed into a forest in a remote area of Russia.

Residents in the town of Bodaibo, in the Irkutsk region of Siberia, saw a large luminous body fall from the sky.

They say the impact caused the ground to shake and made a sound like thunder.

Flashes of bright light could be seen above the impact site, which was a long way from any settlements according to the Russian newspaper Pravda.

"Locals felt a strong shock, which could be comparable to an earthquake," said the report. "In addition to that, the people also heard a thunder-like sound."

Asteroid expert Dr Benny Peiser, from Liverpool John Moore's University, said: "If the eyewitness accounts are confirmed, this fact of an earth tremor together with thunder-like explosive sounds would indicate a rather significant impact event."

He said the incident occurred on the same day as the US House of Representatives debated the need to search for smaller asteroids and the danger of mistaking impacts for nuclear attacks.

At least 30 times a year, asteroids smash into the Earth's atmosphere and explode with the force of a nuclear bomb.

These smaller asteroids, between 200 and 500 metres wide, could potentially demolish a city with a direct hit or cause tsunamis - giant waves - capable of wiping out entire coastal areas if they land in the ocean.

Astronomers estimate there could be between 900 and 1,300 large asteroids measuring one kilometre or more in our part of the solar system, while the number of smaller bodies could amount to 50,000.

Story filed: 18:25 Friday 4th October 2002


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Russia
KEYWORDS: asteroid; bodaibo; catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; irkutsk; northern; nuketest; russia; siberia; tunguska
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To: null and void
Demonic worship..Nuke it.
101 posted on 10/05/2002 3:46:11 PM PDT by tupac
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To: blam
Locals felt a strong shock, which could be comparable to an earthquake . . .

How dare this happen while I've got my head in the sand!!!

102 posted on 10/05/2002 3:46:55 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: prov1813man
Right you are, Firesign Theatre. MORE SUGAR!!!
103 posted on 10/05/2002 3:48:05 PM PDT by tupac
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To: Mulder
Why can't these damn things ever hit somewhere like Mecca?

Actually, it once did. What do you think the Ka'aba Rock is?

104 posted on 10/05/2002 3:50:27 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: tdscpa
Try again, Luna is just another word meaning "moon".
105 posted on 10/05/2002 3:54:22 PM PDT by Lokibob
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To: Eala
But I spell "BOB" with one "O". Don't confuse me with your boss.
106 posted on 10/05/2002 3:57:59 PM PDT by Lokibob
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To: Mustang
I think that's right, he was one of the "merry pranksters".

Thanks for the memories, also born in '48.
107 posted on 10/05/2002 3:58:43 PM PDT by prov1813man
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To: Mustang
Firesign Theater.

108 posted on 10/05/2002 4:10:56 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: Lokibob
So we have to go back to calling the moon Gus...or Bernard ?

109 posted on 10/05/2002 4:15:22 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: Eala
Moon your boss.

That fixes it.
110 posted on 10/05/2002 4:16:27 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
What if...?
111 posted on 10/05/2002 4:17:47 PM PDT by tictoc
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To: PoorMuttly
Or....... LOKIBOB!!!!!
112 posted on 10/05/2002 4:24:31 PM PDT by Lokibob
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To: PJ-Comix
Actually, it once did. What do you think the Ka'aba Rock is?

I'm still not convinced that it is really from outer space.

I wouldn't be surprised if it came from Mohammed's ass (those two words are redunant, I know) just like the Koran did.

113 posted on 10/05/2002 4:33:34 PM PDT by Mulder
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To: Lokibob
I'm going to give up now...and bay at Gus.
114 posted on 10/05/2002 4:44:22 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: Eala
"The nearest word I can find translates as "Buckwheat"... (was somebody having a little fun there?)"

Look Here:

Near-Earth Asteroid 3753 Cruithne Earth's Curious Companion.

115 posted on 10/05/2002 4:46:32 PM PDT by blam
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To: P8riot
I always thought Asteroids were what the astronauts would get if they didn't use good seat cushions on the space shuttle...
116 posted on 10/05/2002 5:16:14 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: shadowman99
Key word "atmosphere".
117 posted on 10/05/2002 5:24:05 PM PDT by DB
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To: blam
Ah! The Picts!! Thanks very much for the link.
118 posted on 10/05/2002 5:26:16 PM PDT by Eala
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
The Kaaba is a Borg Cube.
119 posted on 10/05/2002 6:29:26 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Lokibob
"Try again, Luna is just another word meaning "moon"."

Apparently not to everyone. Luna.

120 posted on 10/05/2002 6:36:09 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: JoeSchem
Yup. Volcanic events in the ocean can have the force of DOZENS of big, H-bomb-sized nukes, and nobody notices, because (usually) nobody is there. Maybe a fishing vessel goes missing. THe world is big, we are small.
121 posted on 10/05/2002 7:22:29 PM PDT by eno_
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To: Lokibob
Fascinating stuff. What would have happened if that meteor had impacted a few miles south into the North Atlantic Ocean? Could something like that generate a tsunami that would effect the eastern seaboard?
122 posted on 10/05/2002 7:31:41 PM PDT by Godebert
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To: Godebert
A tsunami would be highly doubful. Tsunamis are generated by a movement of the sea bottom, making the ocean surge.

I searched the news in the last month and found 3 possible meteor (asteroid) impacts that have occured and been reported. Based on that (I'll admit this survey is flawed) the figure of 30/year is probably low.

The earths atmosphere has protected us for millions of years, and I'm confident that it will protect us for my lifetime.
123 posted on 10/05/2002 7:50:53 PM PDT by Lokibob
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To: Eala
"Ah! The Picts!! Thanks very much for the link."

Do a search on Xiongnu and see if you can find a connection. (Try Hakka too)

124 posted on 10/05/2002 8:11:23 PM PDT by blam
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To: Lokibob
The official name of The Moon is "Luna", named after the Roman goddess Luna. Even NASA refers to trips to the moon as "lunar" events. I like using the word Luna, it drives some other people nuts when I do it, but they also learn.

The word "moon" comes from the German Der Mond, meaning "male moon" (man in the moon).
125 posted on 10/05/2002 8:18:24 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: shadowman99
Like soon there won't be any blondes? Then again, there is a lot of water...

"I would think that if 30 astronds hit with this sort of impact each year that a city would have disappeared by now."

126 posted on 10/05/2002 8:19:07 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Mulder
"Why can't these damn things ever hit somewhere like Mecca?"

ROTFL! They'd know they were in deep do if God started throwing rocks at them huh?

127 posted on 10/05/2002 8:22:16 PM PDT by sweetliberty
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
"Hitlery: "Bush should have known about this asteriod!"

Well obviously Bush knew about it and he then conspired with a bunch of Israilis with contacts in high places to negotiate the trajectory of the "big rock." It is thought that this may be a practice run for how he intends to eradicate everybody who doesn't agree with him. Of course, the ultimate goal is to obtain oil rights in space for his wealthy Jewish buddies in the business so they can establish a monopoly to furthur oppress the people of the planet. Did I leave anything out?.

128 posted on 10/05/2002 8:34:59 PM PDT by sweetliberty
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To: blam
   Irkutsk Region

129 posted on 10/05/2002 8:36:18 PM PDT by Consort
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To: Lokibob
"do you know the earths moon is the only large body in the solar system that we havn't named?"

You know; I never thought about it. Great observation.

130 posted on 10/05/2002 8:41:07 PM PDT by sweetliberty
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To: Lokibob
BTW, do you know the earths moon is the only large body in the solar system that we havn't named?

We haven't named Sun either, to my knowledge.

131 posted on 10/06/2002 2:20:24 AM PDT by drlevy88
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To: drlevy88
BTW, do you know the earths moon is the only large body in the solar system that we havn't named?

We haven't named Sun either, to my knowledge.

The official name of the sun is Sol. Sol is named afer after the Roman goddess Sol Invictus. She was one hot babe.

132 posted on 10/06/2002 4:59:47 AM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: drlevy88
I was going to say what wheeler said. The sun is a star, and it has a name, SOL, and alternately sun. Without a name, we would just call it "star" like we call "moon".
133 posted on 10/06/2002 6:34:07 AM PDT by Lokibob
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To: HighWheeler
"The official name of the sun is Sol. Sol is named afer after the Roman goddess Sol Invictus. She was one hot babe."

Didn't the Egyptians call it RA?

134 posted on 10/06/2002 6:38:48 AM PDT by blam
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To: Godebert
After I went to bed last night, I realized my response was wrong on the tsunami. It would be highly unlikely that a tsunami would occur if the meteor exploded IN THE AIR as most of these do. A water impact is a whole different story and a tsunami is very posssible. Sorry about the mis information.
135 posted on 10/06/2002 6:39:17 AM PDT by Lokibob
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To: aquawrench
My calculations were a little silly anyway, as I had the rocks flying to earth at light speed. A strict "No no!"
136 posted on 10/06/2002 7:48:29 AM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: blam
Thanks, Blam,

Just walked into my home in Miami from driving down from Charleston, S.C. Going to read the artlicle now.
137 posted on 10/06/2002 7:08:08 PM PDT by Sam Cree
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To: GOPJ
I'm thinking maybe, just maybe, that somebody scrweed up the editting ...

Maybe the original quote (from some "reliable source" had a "total mass" of 30 asteroids hitting the world ... adding up millions of dust-sized particles could acrrue a lot of mass, but none of it important as far as a "collision" goes.

138 posted on 10/06/2002 9:01:34 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: Chad Fairbanks
You better watch it. I own a semi-automatic revolver.

Without a silencer.
139 posted on 10/06/2002 9:11:44 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: blam
Asteroid 'hit northern Russia'

That-explains-everything.

140 posted on 10/06/2002 9:12:58 PM PDT by justsomedude
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; Rye
There are a couple of possible ancient meteor craters in eastern Canada. The southeast corner of Hudson Bay has a remarkably circular shape that would indicate a possible impact site, with the Belcher Islands as the "cone" of the crater.

Also, the Manicouagan Reservoir is a peculiar circular body of water surrounding a large land mass that was formed behind the Daniel Johnson Dam in northeastern Quebec.

141 posted on 10/08/2002 8:33:50 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: Alberta's Child
Interesting; I hadn't heard of those.

Have you ever been to Meteor Crater in Arizona? An unbelievably impressive sight/site.

142 posted on 10/08/2002 8:37:01 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Rye
Manicouagan is particularly impressive, since the reservoir clearly defines the circular shape of the crater. The ancient crater is 65 miles or so from rim to rim, and the reservoir inside it is 45-50 miles across.

I've never been to Meteor Crater in Arizona, but from pictures I've seen I would guess it is much smaller than this.

143 posted on 10/08/2002 8:42:43 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: Alberta's Child
Meteor Crater is much smaller, of course. But it's also much more clearly indentfied as a crater. Manicouagan, if it was in fact formed by a meteor, is both far older and far larger.

Thanks for the very interesting photo. It almost looks like a giant caldera. I'll do a Google search to find out more.

144 posted on 10/08/2002 8:54:49 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: templar
I would think that the equivalent of 30 nukes a year going off in the atmosphere would be rather more noticeable than it is, wouldn't it?

I've seen one... Over PA a few years ago.

145 posted on 10/08/2002 11:00:27 AM PDT by lepton
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To: lepton
”At least 30 times a year, asteroids smash into the Earth's atmosphere and explode with the force of a nuclear bomb."

I know one hit in the Mediterranean sea a few months ago and in Greenland in 1997 but 30 times a year? I know at least 30 get absorbed into our atmosphere but to explode like a nuclear bomb?.

You seen one blow up over PA?

146 posted on 10/08/2002 11:52:49 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn
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To: Steve Van Doorn
It was an amazing sight, but yes, one October about 4 or 5 years ago, I was driving on I-76 or I-81 (Near Carlisle), and saw one head west and then blow up. It was visible over the car headlights and the streetlamps.

We're talking high altitude bursts here, not ground-strikes, like in Greenland.

147 posted on 10/09/2002 11:13:13 AM PDT by lepton
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To: blam
"I actually believe the angel Gabriel was the asteroid"

Thanks for the post. I'm sort of new to all of this. What is your opinion of Velikovsky? Also did you see the show about Venus on the Science channel last night. Very interesting stuff.

148 posted on 10/09/2002 11:32:32 AM PDT by the-ironically-named-proverbs2
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To: bonesmccoy
Doesn't an asteroid become a meteor when it hits the atmosphere and then a meteorite when it strikes earth?
149 posted on 10/09/2002 11:34:04 AM PDT by TheLion
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To: the-ironically-named-proverbs2
"What is your opinion of Velikovsky? "

He got a lot of thing correct, however, his biggest problem was that he tried to explain everything.

No I didn't see the program on Venus.

150 posted on 10/09/2002 12:41:20 PM PDT by blam
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