NASA today announced the explosion of a meteorite 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 U.S. military satellites, occurred over the Bering Sea, off the Kamchatka Peninsula, a remote part 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 Earth’s surface, with an impact energy of 173 kilotons, according to NASA data.
Although it did not hit the sea, NASA experts have estimated that the explosion was ten times greater than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by instruction of then U.S. President Harry Truman.
This nuclear attack against the Empire of Japan caused the death of more than 20,000 soldiers and some 100,000 civilians in the Japanese city.
Specialized media have reported that the meteorite traveled through an area “not far away” from the routes used by commercial airplanes flying between North America and Asia, so researchers have asked the airlines if there were sightings of the event.