Cuba has fallen meteorite
According to local news outlets, on the western Cuban city of Viñales meteorite fell. Residents reported a loud explosion and the next in the sky earlier this afternoon, and the US National Weather Service confirmed that it had received reports of a meteorite, seen in the sky over the Florida Keys. Reporters TelePinar Cuban television station tweeted that after the explosion found black stones the size of a palm, which, ironically, fell near a mural with dinosaurs.
Meteorites fall often, but we do not notice
There were no casualties in the course of the fall of the meteorite.
In the video below you can hear the sonic boom at 0:46. Objects that move faster than the speed of sound, produce these loud shock waves are powerful enough to break the glass.
One of the Twitter users said that the meteorite was discovered meteorological satellite GOES-East.
#CUBA: This is a close up of a #rock people in the # Viñales area believe is part of the #meteorite that fell in the area. You can see this one is almost the size of a #mobile phone. @ WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/xDO0jy6tCO
- Hatzel Vela (@HatzelVelaWPLG) February 1, 2019
Reporteros de @TelePinar en el #MuraldelaPrehistoria # Viñales #PinarDelRio constatan caída de piedras negras de alrededor de 7Cm luego de un gran estruendo. @fatimaTelePinar investiga #Cuba pic.twitter.com/NLLvVcr18U - Rolando Segura (@rolandoteleSUR) February 1, 2019
The meteorites fall to Earth more often than you think. Meteorite the size of a speck of dust particles constantly fall into the Earth's atmosphere, but often go unnoticed. Meteoroids between millimeter and centimeter burn up in the atmosphere and seem to us shooting stars. Larger drop are less common: an average of one meter meteorite falls to the planet every year, and crumbling to reach the surface, but the 100-meter meteoroid enters the Earth about once every 10 000 years. 1 kilometer in diameter meteoroids hitting the Earth is catastrophic events that occur on average once in a million years.
But the fall of meteorites are medium in size can be dramatic - and in some cases dangerous. Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit the south of Russia in February 2013, knocked out windows and caused partial injury nearly 1,500 people.
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