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I don't really buy that.

You should.
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Sure the smaller ones that turn into pebbles as they enter the atmosphere, I can see why those would go undetected.

These are near constant occurrences, probably thousands a day, and aren't what I was talking about.
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But this thing obviously had a decent amount of mass when it was in orbit.

No argument here.

Still, I'd be very surprised if objects this size were less common than once a month or so, world wide.
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Not to mention look at the size of that contrail. I have never heard of a meteorite that was able to cause a sonic boom before this.

Nearly all of them that aren't destroyed in the atmosphere, and many that are, make sonic booms. These aren't unusual.

The world is a pretty big place, and densely populated areas are still a tiny fraction of the surface of this planet. Rarely are populated areas hit. If this event hadn't not occurred over a population center, it probably never would have been reported.

Many of the events that make fireballs also produce audible explosions or sonic booms, if you are close enough to them. Take a look at how common such events are: http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireballs/fireball-report/

I was out for a late night jog in wstern NY during AMS event 375 in 2006, and the entry/fireball looked very similar to what's on some of these videos for this Russian meteorite. I doubt it was as big, but I was probably closer. Anyway, there was certainly a sonic boom and a flash bright enough to rival any stroke of lightning I've ever seen.
Edited by Blameless - 2/15/13 at 3:26am
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750 people requesting medical attention so far, pretty serious and troubling.
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Injury reports have really skyrocked since, but I guess that's to be expected.

Meteor is larger than originally thought.
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Wow, awesome footage!
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It's a bit strange this happens on the same day the DA14 asteroid is supposed to pass by the planet.
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Russian kids had fun with explosives.
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Another vid:
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Insurance? It is America makes money on everything.. russia do not insure buildings

In a case of natural disasters, people get paid for the damages from the budget, with government overseeing the process and directing funds to the local authorities.

Also you can insure whatever from whatever, it's just not such a common practice.
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Imagine what it could've done if it collided an hour later (or earlier ?), probably hitting a more densely populated area like Europe.
Edited by MoGTy - 2/15/13 at 4:17am
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