Here is the account of today's extraordinary meteorite strike in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
The meteorite was the size of a bus, and it landed in ice near the city. It nearly missed landing in Lake Cherbakul. This happened in broad daylight, and the meteorite left a contrail as it broke apart, leaving debris and at the end of its journey, a crater.
The velocity of the rock (estimated at 20,000 mph) created a sonic boom that blasted out windows. This is what caused most of the injuries, now estimated over 1,200.
Russia Today also has reports here, here, here, and here.
I have friends and colleagues in Chelyabinsk. I sent a facebook to Father Vladislav Ivanov, the pastor of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, as well as to Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin (the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church's bishop) and Deacon Victor Shtraube. I heard back from Father Vlad:
"Father Larry, all is well. No one is hurt. Many broken windows. We saw everything. Drinking coffee in the kitchen, flash, and big explosions. Mobile communication was bad. How will the news, I'll write. Thank you for your prayers."Bishop Vsevolod also replied:
"Dear father, everything is OK with our Church people... as with most of people in Cheliabinsk. There about thousand persons are injured but not hard. Mostly people are hurt by pieces of glass windows. By the big grace the meteorite fallen down near the chemical plant, but not into. If it fallen into... then it could be big ecological catastrophe. But the meteorite just broke the fences and walls of this chemical plant. And fallen down into a lake."'via Blog this'