Local experts say meteor is not ‘end of the world’

Local experts say people shouldn’t panic after a meteor exploded over Russia on Friday,…

Georgia (Feb 18, 2013) — Local experts say people shouldn’t panic after a meteor exploded over Russia on Friday, causing a shockwave that injured hundreds of people.


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“This is in no way indicating the end of the world,” said Eric Smith, astronomy instructor at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. “It’s a random one-off event.”

That said, Smith said the event was quite surprising.

Experts say smaller meteorites hit the earth five to 10 times a year, but strikes the size of the one over the Ural Mountains only happen between every five and 10 years.

“Meteorites fall all the time on earth, but most of them are very, very small,” said Nikolaos Kidonakis, associate professor of physics at Kennesaw State University.

And, usually, those hit uninhabited areas.

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