According to local news reports, onThe western Cuban city of Vinales is a meteorite. Residents reported loud explosions and trails in the sky earlier this afternoon, and the US National Weather Service confirmed that it had received reports of a meteorite seen in the skies over the Florida Keys. Reporters from the Cuban television station TelePinar tweeted that after the explosion they found black palm-sized stones, which, ironically, fell near dinosaur murals.
Meteorites fall often, but we do not notice
There were no casualties in the fall.
In the video below you can hear the sound boom at 0:46. Objects that move faster than the speed of sound produce these loud shock waves, powerful enough to break glass.
One of Twitter users noted that the meteorite was detected by the GOES-East meteorological satellite.
#CUBA: This is a close up of the people in the area. You can see this one #mobile phone. @ WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/xDO0jy6tCO
- Hatzel Vela (@HatzelVelaWPLG) February 1, 2019</ p>
Reporteros de @TelePinar en el#MuraldelaPrehistoria # Viñales #PinarDelRio constatan caída de piedras negras de alrededor de 7 cm luego de un gran estruendo. @fatimaTelePinar investiga #Cuba pic.twitter.com/NLLvVcr18U
- Rolando Segura (@rolandoteleSUR) February 1, 2019</ p>
Meteorites fall to Earth more often than you think. Meteorite particles the size of a speck of dust constantly enter the Earth’s atmosphere, but often go unnoticed. Meteoric bodies, between millimeter and centimeter, burn in the atmosphere and appear to us like shooting stars. Larger falls occur less frequently: on average, one meter-long meteorite hits the planet once a year and crumbles to reach the surface, but a 100-meter meteoroid hits the Earth about once every 10,000 years. Meteoroids with a diameter of 1 kilometer, affecting the Earth, are catastrophic events that occur on average once a million years.
But medium-sized meteorites may fall.be dramatic - and in some cases dangerous. The Chelyabinsk meteorite, which hit the south of Russia in February 2013, knocked out the windows and caused partial injuries to almost 1500 people.
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