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What was that explosion? A meteor, it turns out

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 Cinnamon    24,849

Residents of a city in southern Argentina got a scare when a series of powerful explosions shook homes and buildings Wednesday, but the cause turned out to be a natural wonder: a meteor disintegrating overhead.

It was an ordinary Wednesday afternoon in General Roca, a city of 85,000 people, when suddenly a series of loud blasts caused buildings to shake and windows to rattle.

"Everything trembled," said Martin Soria, the local mayor.

Police, firefighters and emergency workers rushed to the scene, but found no evidence of a bomb, earthquake or calamity.

Finally, scientists pieced together the reason: A meteor had entered the Earth's atmosphere some 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) overhead, traveling at 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) per hour.



More and more meteors!  Too close for comfort, that's for sure.  

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 Redorblue    695

According to Nasa the the numbers of meteor fireballs over th USofA increased exponentially from 2010 to 2015  from under a thousand to 8000 per year with a smaller increased  amount the next year.

The number of satelites damaged by said bolides also increased exponentialy from zero to nought from 2010 to 2015 and then decreased similarly to nil the next year. Hmmmm.

Enjoy the nice weather Shep it's a lovely change.

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