An explosion that rocked Nicaragua’s crowded capital Managua creating a large crater, appears to have been caused by a meteorite, officials said Sunday.
Amazingly, in a sprawling city of 1.2 million people, the impact near the international airport did not cause any known injuries, but it did leave a crater with a radius of 12 meters (39 feet) and a depth of 5 meters (16 feet).
We are convinced that this was a meteorite. We have seen the crater from the impact,” said Wilfredo Strauss of the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies.
Local residents reported hearing a loud boom Saturday night, but said they didn’t see anything strange in the sky. “We thought it was a bomb because we felt an expansive wave,” Jorge Santamaria told The Associated Press.
Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said a committee formed by the government to study the event determined it was a “relatively small” meteorite that “appears to have come off an asteroid (2014RC) that was passing close to Earth.”
A similar series of event occurred in 2013 when asteroid 2012 DA14 made it’s flyby, while a massive size meteor explodes over Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15.
Over 1,000 people were injured seriously enough to seek medical treatment. All of the injuries were due to indirect effects rather than the meteor itself, mainly from broken glass from windows that were blown in when the shock wave arrived, minutes after the meteor’s flash.
Some 7,200 buildings in six cities across the region were damaged by the explosion’s shock wave.
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