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Meteor , fireball and its sonic boom causes panic in US states of Nevada and California
23 Nisan, 2012 | 13:28
Meteor sightings at broad daylight stirs chaos in western Us states

Meteor sightings at broad daylight stirs chaos in western Us states

Meteor explosion and fireball sightings at the skies stirred panic and rattled homes in Nevada and California as loud explosion heard across much of both Us states yesterday.

Reno / NationalTurk – A meteor that entered Earth’s atmosphere caused the explosion sound and the fireball light show, astronomers explained.

The loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California states rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls by panicked Americans to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada mountains, some even added reporting of fireball sightings in the skies.

No meteor shower, meteor fireball and sonic boom above Nevada and California

Nicole Carlsen a resident in the Reno area told reporters: ‘ It made the shades in my room shake hard enough to slam into the window a couple times, I kept looking for earthquake information, but did not see one. I even checked then the front of my house to make sure no one ran into the garage. I wish I had seen the meteor, baby ‘ she said excitedly

Erin Girard-Hudson of Arnold, California said that the loud boom that occurred around 8am local time made her 2-year-old daughter, Elsie, cry.

‘ The sound of explosion knocked me off my feet and was shaking the house,’ she stated. ‘ It sounded like it was next door.’

Meteor sightings at broad daylight stirs chaos in western Us states

No damages or injuries were immediately reported. There were no reports of earthquakes at the time. Some people reported seeing a brilliant light streak across the sky at the same time. Fireball sightings occurred over roughly a 600-mile line across the two states, including Reno, Elko and North Las Vegas in Nevada, and the San Francisco, Sacramento and Bakersfield areas in California.

Astronomers believe the mysterious light was a fireball, which is a very bright meteor having entered the atmosphere. It will take time to determine the path of the fireball and where it broke up, they added.”People are putting two and two together and saying it has something to do with the meteor shower,” he said. “But the fireball was probably coincidental and unrelated to the peak of the meteor shower.”

Some people reported seeing a brilliant light streak across the sky at the same time. Sightings occurred over roughly a 960-kilometer line across the two states, including Reno, Elko and North Las Vegas in Nevada, and the San Francisco, Sacramento and Bakersfield areas in California.

Astronomers stated they believe the mysterious light was a fireball, which is a very bright meteor. It will take time to determine the path of the fireball and where it broke up, they added.

‘ From the reports, I have no doubt it was a fireball, ‘ stated Robert Lunsford of the Geneseo, New York-based American Meteor Society. ‘ It happens all the time, but most are in daytime and are missed. This one was extraordinarily bright in the daylight.’

Meteor leaves a trail of fireball and produces loud boom

Robert Lunsford claimed it’s ‘ pretty rare ‘ for meteor fireballs to produce a loud explosion. For that to happen, he explained, the meteor must have survived intact until breaking up about five miles (eight kilometers) above Earth in the atmosphere. Most fireballs are visible at 80 kilometers above Earth.

‘ From the reports, I have no doubt it was a fireball,’ said Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society. ‘ It happens all the time, but most are in daytime and are missed. This one was extraordinarily bright in the daylight.’

‘ I have been looking at the sky for 30 years, and I have never witnessed something so amazing and puzzling. It is an event that makes you glad to be alive,’ said Matthew Neal of San Francisco. ‘ The main body of the meteor was bright green, and the head was bright red and white, oh my gosh. God bless America’

Director of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, Dan Ruby, stated it’s unlikely the meteor sound boom and fireball had anything to do with the current peak of the Lyrid meteor shower.

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