News. Statement NASA appeared on the network in which they state that the meteorite 2012 DA14 , which flew past Earth tonight and Chelyabinsk meteorite , no connection between them. Here's another one of their calculations: power meteorite in Chelyabinsk, exploded in the atmosphere of our planet was 300 kilotons, which is 20 times more powerful than the Hiroshima blast!
Specialists space agency also found that the celestial body entered the atmosphere at a speed of 18 kilometers per second and exploded at an altitude of 19-24 km above the Earth's surface. The diameter of the object was 15 meters, weight 7000 tons.
It is the largest meteorite from the time of the Tunguska catastrophe in 1908.
Previously, NASA released a statement that the Chelyabinsk meteorite and asteroid 2012 DA14, safely flown around midnight Moscow time past Earth, not linked.
Recall, in the morning on February 15, people in several regions of the Urals watched the flash in the sky, and then heard the sound of an explosion. In Chelyabinsk and other cities of the shock wave smashed windows of houses and shop windows. According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, over the territory of the Urals Federal District was the destruction of the meteorite, which partially burned down in the lower atmosphere. One of the seven fragments of the meteorite fell in the lake Tchebarkul.
Meteor rain, past the Urals Federal District, addressed the residents of Tyumen, Kurgan and Sverdlovsk regions, as well as the northern regions of Kazakhstan, but the brunt of Chelyabinsk region.
As a result, emergency hit 1 thousand 200 people. Basically, these are people who have received injuries from cuts fragments of glass. Hospitalization is needed for 50 people. Chelyabinsk Region Governor Mikhail Yurevich said that to address the effects of the meteor shower will take at least a billion rubles.
According to the MOE, in the Chelyabinsk region suffered 2,962 buildings and structures, of which more than 360 schools and kindergartens. V.Puchkov promised that the damaged educational institutions by February 18 will be restored and will earn in the normal mode.