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Talk about a rude awakening! The blast from last Friday’s exploding meteorite in Russia is estimated at 500 kilotons (think 30 atomic bombs). The numbers sound like a lot, but to truly begin to get a feel for it, video footage helps. Below is a compilation of footage giving us an idea just how powerful the blast from last Friday’s meteorite explosion was.

Infrasound (short-frequency sound) waves are used by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization to detect unauthorized nuclear bomb tests. On Tuesday they picked one up in North Korea that could only have been a nuclear bomb test. Then on Friday, they picked up a massive explosion in Russia. It was determined that the blast came from a meteorite, since the source seemed to be moving. The blast was so intense that infrasound waves were detected from Greenland to Antarctica.

Sources: Gizmodo, Space.com, Popular Science, Discovery News, CTBTO, English Russia

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