Minivan sized meteor caused blast a third of the power of Hiroshima
Meteorite craseh to earth in California..!
Tiny meteorites found in the Sierra foothills in northern California...!
They were part of a giant fireball that exploded causing about a third of the power of the explosive power of the atomic bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima during World War II.
The meteors weighed about 10 grams each. That is the approximate weight of 2 nickles. Professionals say the ball of flame meteor could possibly date all the way back to the beginning of our solar system. That would make the meteor 4-5 billion years old..! Experts also warn us that the meteor was probably the size of a minivan when it first entered earth's atmosphere. It could have been seen all the way from Sacramento, CA to Las Vegas, NV.
These instances are not as rare as you might think. Experts say this type of scenario happens once or twice annually around the globe, but we might not see them because most events happen over oceans or unmanned areas.
How about this...the meteor probably weighed 154,300 lbs when it was floating around our solar system before plummeting into earth's atmosphere..!
When it was on its last journey entering the atmosphere it released the energy equal to a 5 kiloton explosion...the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast released a 15 kiloton explosion.
Kinda scarry huh..?
Hiroshima vs the Atomic Bomb:
During World War II, the Second Army and Chugoku Regional Army were headquartered in Hiroshima, and the Army Marine Headquarters was located at Ujina port. The city also had large depots of military supplies, and was a key center for shipping.
The bombing of Tokyo and other cities in Japan during World War II caused widespread destruction and hundreds of thousands of deaths. For example, Toyama, an urban area of 128,000, was nearly fully destroyed, and incendiary attacks on Tokyo are believed to have claimed 90,000 lives. There were no such air raids in Hiroshima. However, the threat was certainly there and to protect against potential firebombings in Hiroshima, students (between 11–14 years) were mobilized to demolish houses and create firebreaks.
On Monday, August 6, 1945, at 8:15 AM, the Atomic Bomb "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima by an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to 90,000–140,000. Approximately 69% of the city's buildings were completely destroyed, and another 7% severely damaged.
Research about the effects of the attack was restricted during the occupation of Japan, and information censored until the signing of the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1951, restoring control to the Japanese.
The oleander is the official flower of the city of Hiroshima because it was the first to bloom again after the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945.