[FPSPACE] Record meteorite hit Norway
ljk4 at msn.com
Fri Jun 9 11:25:36 EDT 2006
>Record meteorite hit Norway
>As Wednesday morning dawned, northern Norway was hit with an impact
>comparable to the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima
>Afterposten, 9 June 2006
>At around 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, residents of the northern part of Troms
>and the western areas of Finnmark could clearly see a ball of fire taking
>several seconds to travel across the sky.
>A few minutes later an impact could be heard and geophysics and seismology
>research foundation NORSAR registered a powerful sound and seismic
>disturbances at 02:13.25 a.m. at their station in Karasjok.
>Farmer Peter Bruvold was out on his farm in Lyngseidet with a camera
>because his mare Virika was about to foal for the first time.
>"I saw a brilliant flash of light in the sky, and this became a light with
>a tail of smoke," Bruvold told Aftenposten.no. He photographed the object
>and then continued to tend to his animals when he heard an enormous crash.
>"I heard the bang seven minutes later. It sounded like when you set off a
>solid charge of dynamite a kilometer (0.62 miles) away," Bruvold said.
>Astronomers were excited by the news.
>"There were ground tremors, a house shook and a curtain was blown into the
>house," Norway's best known astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard told
>Røed Ødegaard said the meteorite was visible to an area of several hundred
>kilometers despite the brightness of the midnight sunlit summer sky. The
>meteorite hit a mountainside in Reisadalen in North Troms.
>"This is simply exceptional. I cannot imagine that we have had such a
>powerful meteorite impact in Norway in modern times. If the meteorite was
>as large as it seems to have been, we can compare it to the Hiroshima bomb.
>Of course the meteorite is not radioactive, but in explosive force we may
>be able to compare it to the (atomic) bomb," Røed Ødegaard said.
>The astronomer believes the meteorite was a giant rock and probably the
>largest known to have struck Norway.
>"The record was the Alta meteorite that landed in 1904. That one was 90
>kilos (198 lbs) but we think the meteorite that landed Wednesday was
>considerably larger," Røed Ødegaard said, and urged members of the public
>who saw the object or may have found remnants to contact the Institute of
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