Reports: Official to be fired after saying warnings were issued before meteor fell — Impact site closed off by military wearing special protective suits

Published: February 15th, 2013 at 4:10 pm ET


RT: 12:01 GMT: The site where the meteorite is believed to have fallen has been closed off by military units wearing special protective suits.


GlobalPost: Russia’s Emergencies Ministry will fire a local official who told reporters the ministry had warned Chelyabinsk residents by SMS before the meteorite fell, the Itar-Tass news agency reported spokeswoman Irina Rossius as saying. Ministry official Victor Rakatin earlier denied the SMS service had been used. “The event happened very quickly and it was unexpected,” Interfax quoted him as saying.

RT: A spokesperson for the Urals regional Emergency Ministry center claimed it sent out a mass SMS warning residents about a possible meteorite shower. However, eyewitnesses said they either never received it, or got the message after the explosion had occurred. The Emergency Ministry has since denied sending out the SMS warning, and said the spokesperson that spread the false information “will be fired.”

See more photos of the meteor trail from space here

Published: February 15th, 2013 at 4:10 pm ET


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14 comments to Reports: Official to be fired after saying warnings were issued before meteor fell — Impact site closed off by military wearing special protective suits

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Never knew a sonic boom from a meteor could be so powerful. Check out some of this security cam footage from RT:

    First clip is a schoolyard or something – just the fireball. Second clip is the shock wave from inside office blowing in the windows. Third clip reveals actual contents of meteor: a Russian Spock and some sort of chimp-like creature wearing a matching uniform. Last clip is a garage door blown in.

    Amazing amount of force – I would have been terrified, especially if I was inside a building and didn't see the fireball. I would have moved faster than the chimp-like creature, and would have been squealing like a little girl at the same time.

    • I agree. That was a powerful, obviously loud, blast.

      What I found, sort of odd, was that people ran into the streets without knowing what the bright flash and blast actually was.

      If that had been a nuclear blast event then running into the street and the possible fallout would be the wrong thing to do.

      IMO – When or if I am ever in a blast I would take cover and remain there. Initial blasts may be followed by others. You never know.

        • guezilla

          It is not quite clear, nor in particular stated why some places prepend description of this clip with "infamous" or "dubious". (On Youtube however it is expected that everything will be ridiculed)

          "Duck and Cover" is fairly solid advice in any event, as the Russian clips reinfoce, a bright explosion flash is usually followed by a large blast-wave. This will hold true whether it's nuclear, conventional, meteorite or even lightning (though for most non-nuclear sources the blastwave will not travel so far that the flash would give sufficient warning). Pretty much the same advice is nowadays being given about earthquake preparedness, though the danger of nuclear explosions did not pass with Cold War and in many ways is higher than during Cold War with nuclear weapons in more hands.

          As far as I know, the only valid reason to call the "duck and cover" infamous or dubious is that the impetus for it was USA felt it could not afford radiation shelters for whole population, so these info-spots were prepared instead. It's practically saying "In case of nuclear war, an improptu nuclear shelter can be constructed from a tablecloth or pantyhoses". Of course, there is a big difference between means for surviving the immediate blastwave of an explosion without warning, and surviving the subsequent fallout and circumstances. It's perhaps the lack of the latter, still persisting, that is the "dubious" part.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      LOL~"A Russian Spock and uniformed chimp-like creature"??!! OMG,that's too funny!!~Now I HAVE to watch the video and will probably concur with your colorful assessment of this crazy event?!! There's plenty of happenings of late that hold the power to fill up the backside of many a pair of Fruit of the Loom underpants and I'm more likely to have nitemares at the thought of a Russian Spock and his chimp-like sidekick & less likely to run squealing like a little girl from the event than I would from the "Dynamic Duo" you described!!(?)lol! Thanks for the laugh though!~much appreciated!! 🙂 ~** TAKE CARE & have a GREAT weekend!!

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Some related stuff…

      EMP; Electromagnetic Pulse Effect And High Altitude Nuclear Bombs; via A Green Road

      2400 Global Nuclear Atmospheric Bomb Tests 1945-1998; via A Green Road

  • The chances that this meteor and the asteroid are unrelated is indeed "astronomical", in fact the odds are against it by at least 5.5M to 1. Calcs are shown on the link.

    The odds that the powers that be and the scientists at NASA who proclaimed repeatedly that there was no danger to the public, well the odds are that they are feeling a bit sheepish over their lack of ANY warning that parts of the Asteroid field could hit the earth, and as this one did packing the equivalent of 20 nuclear bombs of energy.

    Proof here, exposing truth

  • What is amazing on that meteor is that in all of those dash cams, not a single driver was saying the equivalent of "holy shite"

    Seems odd, maybe that is the Russian way

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      so true, but maybe that is the way it is when living in the most polluted place on Earth..

      who cares about another nuclear bomb coming in when the radiation and poisons are already killing 90% of the kids today?

    • kongrufus kongrufus


      On danish news, there is a clip where a guy on a balcony filming the event shouts out something like 'brljaabilje' right after the schockwave hits.

      I've heard that (and 'brljaatch') in russian car crash videos before. I don't know what it means but i assume it doesn't mean something nice 😀

      Nothing like that either? 🙂

  • Jebus Jebus

    Some spatial awareness…

    Just think of the size of the blast from a 50 foot wide chunk of rock, going 45,000 mile per hour, and vaporizing in the atmosphere. Look at the pic from space above, and relate that to all the russian vid cam pics of the plume from below. That was the edge of space when the meteorite appeared out of nowhere. What are the odds of the two being unrelated. And I take away from all this is, if you are ever a witness to an meteor event like this, DO NOT stand there looking at it through a window…

    As Asteroid Whizzes By, Surprise Meteor Explodes Over Russia

    On Friday, a global network of sensors recorded the space rock’s descent and revealed its stunning power. The object measured about 50 feet wide, weighed more than a nuclear-powered submarine and screamed in at 40,000 miles per hour, said Campbell-Brown, who examined data from sonic sensors deployed by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization to detect nuclear detonations.

    In its 30-second shallow-angle dive into the thickening atmosphere, the meteor shed energy equivalent to more than 200 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs. Most of that energy was dissipated many miles above the surface, and, in a sense, the atmosphere saved the day, preventing catastrophic damage from a major surface impact.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    amazing… and that one was TEEENNNYYY WEEEEENNNNYYYY when it comes to meteors.

    If that does not humble some people….

  • Jebus Jebus

    Consider this…

    The edge of space from sea level is considered to be at 60 miles, +/- a few miles at any given time.
    It looks like that 10 ton meteorite came in at about a 30 degree angle?
    Conservatively, if it blew up at 30 miles high?
    How far did it travel through the atmosphere?
    If it came flying in towards the earth, (could it?), would it have traveled far enough to hit the ground?