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.
This article is written and prepared by our foreign editors writing for VOP from different countries around the world – edited and published by VOP staff in our newsroom.
Support The VOP from as little as $1 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.
We are the Voice of People — the only funding and support we get from people – we are categorically not funded by any political party, any government somewhere or from any grouping that supports certain interests – the only support that makes VOP possible came from you.
VOP Today News — Breaking news source, real-time coverage of the world’s events, life, politics, business, finance, economy, markets, war and conflict zones.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org