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Meteorite causes explosion 10 times greater than Hiroshima

NASA released on Monday a meteorite explosion in the Earth’s atmosphere in December that was ten times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Japan) in 1945.

The explosion, which was detected by the US military satellites, happened over the Bering Sea, off the Kamchatka peninsula, a remote area of Russia.

According to NASA, this explosion was the second strongest of its kind in the last 30 years and is the largest meteorite to reach the Earth’s atmosphere from which it hit Chelyabinsk (Russia) in 2013.

In that case, the shock wave of the impact caused almost 1,500 injuries.

The asteroid that hit the Bering Sea in December traveled through the atmosphere at a speed of 32 kilometers per second, following a trajectory of seven degrees.

The meteorite exploded about 25.6 kilometers above the surface of the Earth, with an impact energy of 173 kilotons, according to NASA data.

Although it did not impact the sea, experts at NASA have estimated that the explosion was ten times greater than the one that unloaded the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by instruction of then US President Harry Truman.

That nuclear attack against the Empire of Japan caused the death of more than 20,000 soldiers and about 100,000 civilians in the Japanese city.

Specialized media have reported that the meteorite traveled through an area “not very far” from the routes used by commercial aircraft flying between North America and Asia, so researchers have asked the airlines if there were sightings of the event.

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