In an incident scientists are saying is entirely unrelated to a near-miss between Earth and asteroid 2012 DA14 expected later today, Russia was pummeled at 9:20 local time by a meteorite that struck a lake near the town of Chebarkul.
Reports issued this morning state that 920 individuals were injured by the blast, and that many homes and factories, along with cell phone services in the area, were damaged.
While there is no scientific link that can be drawn between the impacting meteorite and the widely-discussed asteroid 2012 DA14, a large stony object that will pass within Earth’s orbit later today, it seems very coincidental that an actual meteorite impact might occur within 24 hours of such an historic event. Is there any link that can be drawn between the two, other than sheer coincidence?
UPDATE: Reports coming out of Cuba now claim a similar explosion has occurred over the province of Cienfuegos, described as a “very bright light,” and of a size “comparable to that of a bus.” However, the object was believed to have been seen three days earlier than the blast over Russia.