Meteor strike in Russia

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by pipboy-x11, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. pipboy-x11

    pipboy-x11 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 6, 2004
    A big meteorite, tens of tons, exploded near Chelyabinsk, a city near Ural mountains, causing a shockwave which smashed a lot of windows and left 250 people injured. News in English here, they have a video as well (though they've replaced the audio track, since the original one contained what the driver really said when he saw that).

    Some yellow press already reported (Russian link, use Translate) that it was actually UFO crash, citing Federal Meteorology Service.

    It worth noting that "Guys from Chelyabinsk" is a meme here, close to a meaning of Chuck Norris meme with the addition of Detroit flavor. So jokes about St. Valentines firework and locals playing soccer are queued already.
  2. Guiltyofbeingtrite

    Guiltyofbeingtrite Vault Dweller

    Oct 13, 2008
    Has Tiberium come out yet?
  3. Tagaziel

    Tagaziel Panzerkatze Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Dec 10, 2003
    Technically, it'd be called Miassium or Chelyabium.
  4. fedaykin

    fedaykin Vault Fossil

    Jul 15, 2007
    Yes, Russian scientists have already determined that it tastes great with vodka.
  5. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    It's worth keeping in mind when watching the videos that it wouldn't have looked quite so dramatic to the human eye; while the camera gets overexposed the eye would adapt.
  6. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    That's pretty rad.
    We're lucky most countries - when seen from afar - consist of a bunch of landscape, with little population centres as concentrated spots in between.
    Lots of missing oportunity for any incoming projectile.
  7. pipboy-x11

    pipboy-x11 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 6, 2004
    Well, this one exploded right above a densely populated city, 27 kilometers (16 miles) above the ground. People there are just extremely lucky that it didn't hit the ground or exploded about couple of miles from the surface. There would be a small Tunguska incident right in the center of the city.

    A small reminder for everyone that there are some real dangers in the Universe, much more real than Satan or Global Warming...
  8. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    Ah yes, my mistake, I read "Urals" and assumed mostly small populations. I always find strange to imagine large cities in such remote places, but yes, that is lucky. That's a huge lot of potential annihilation, manifesting in merely broken windows and some injuries.
  9. TheGM

    TheGM The voice of reason

    Aug 19, 2008

    It shall be called Putainium.
  10. pipboy-x11

    pipboy-x11 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 6, 2004
    Dude, you can get there by car - so by local standards it's not that remote :) The whole Ural area is the biggest metallurgical and industrial center in Russia since Peter the Great, no wonder there are big cities there.

    Sorry, couldn't resist playing a bit of Education Man
  11. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    No, no, that's fine, I don't take offense being told things I wasn't aware of. Also, the city is situated much further south than I first imagined, I had no clue of course, I had to look it up. As soon as I saw it situated almost on the southern border, of course it makes sense that it is well populated. It's just "Ural" give quick associations to vast, remote forests :D

    Some of those clips are amazing by the way. Quite dramatic.
  12. IllusiveManJr

    IllusiveManJr First time out of the vault

    Aug 13, 2012
    Huh, I live in Alaska. Good thing it didn't fall a little eaerlier, or later. Forget which it would be.
  13. Sub-Human

    Sub-Human -

    May 31, 2011
    It is already believed that this might have been a rocket intercepting another one. Zoomed-in 'footage' shows an object flying into the meteor, causing an explosion, and then casually flying away. Funnily enough, searches for the remains of this 'meteor' involved 20 thousand soldiers but have suddenly stopped.
  14. fedaykin

    fedaykin Vault Fossil

    Jul 15, 2007
    I'm not saying it was aliens, was aliens :D
  15. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    I like the sound of the explosion. BLAM!
  16. Wombatus

    Wombatus First time out of the vault

    Feb 18, 2013
    Looks like the electro-magnet worked. an extent...
  17. Makenshi

    Makenshi Ahoy, ye salty dogs!

    Jul 28, 2006
    That would totally sound funny in Brasil (puta = whore) :lol:
  18. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003

    Sure, the astronomically small chance of a meteorite/asteroid crashing into Earth and doing major damage is a far bigger danger than global warming.

    Where do we find these new members?
  19. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan

    May 27, 2004
    We all know Cthulhu is the real danger, alec.