Originally Posted by zefs
Yes, but that hole looks like it's around the size of the meteor and there aren't any other smaller holes around the area, from smaller meteor pieces.
The meteorite exploded at about 30 miles above the surface of the earth, pieces could be scattered for hundreds of miles in any direction. Go blow something up in your driveway and tell us if all of the pieces went in the same direction. They won't. As the internal pressure of the meteorite increased and the size of it increased due to its speed, it couldn't structurally support it, thus bursting into bazillions of pieces. Some pieces completely vaporized, some didn't, depends on the size of the pieces.
Now, go shoot a cannon ball into a frozen lake. That cannonball will make a greater hole than its actual size.
This wasn't some weapons test. The explosion created a light that was 10x more bright than the light we get from the sun, there was zero radioactive traces, and there is no weapon on earth that can travel as fast as the meteorite did.