February 15, 2013
Okay, so -- you ever wonder what it's going to look like as the news media begins to report the end of the world? You know, when the aliens finally come back to destroy Earth or the North Koreans really screw up the test launch of a missile with a nuclear warhead?
Here's some jaw-dropping, mind blowing video that runs about 16 minutes and has footage from Russia. You can hear the explosions and watch the skies light up. The amazing thing about all these images is that the world is truly filled with video-equipped smartphones, driver's cameras on cars, and who knows how many closed circuit television monitors.
Sit back. Get yer popcorn. And, sure, who the hell really knows whether those little green fellas have actually landed.
Can you imagine that poor Russian driver looking up at the skies around 2 minutes and 47 seconds into the video? If you wouldn't have thought the world was ending with those sounds, what would it have taken? For a sense of how powerful the blasts were, watch around 9 minutes and 32 seconds into the tape -- and note how relatively calm folks are. At 14 minutes 11 seconds into the tape you can get a amazing sense of the aftermath of the meteor's sonic boom.
Oh, and let me be the first to fuel the hysteria. Russia's space launch facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome is located in Kazakhstan, about a 100 or so miles east of the Aral Sea. Looks like this meteor shower hit just over the Russian border with Kazakhstan, near Chelyabinsk, and, hmmm, almost on a straight line north of Baikonur. Hey, go look at a map!
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