UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A massive meteorite exploded in the atmosphere, carrying up to 10 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Last December, the meteorite exploded unnoticed because it exploded over the Bering Sea in the Pacific Ocean.
NASA says the blast, which occurred on December 18, is the second-largest explosion of its kind in 30 years.
The meteorite, which is several meters in diameter, exploded about 25.6 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.
In an interview with BBC News, Kelly Fast, director of the NASA Near-Earth Observing System, said the meteorite’s impact was 173 kilowatts.
“The energy of the meteorite is about 40 percent of the energy of Nizak Chelyabinsk, but it exploded over Bering so its impact was not the same, indicating that there are other defenses that are a lot of water on the planet,” he said.
The blast is monitored by satellites belonging to the US Air Force, which monitors the routes used by commercial aircraft.
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