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Man is killed by meteorite impact in India


Posted on Monday, 8 February, 2016 | Comment icon 43 comments

Earth is frequently bombarded by a steady stream of rocks and debris. Image Credit: NASA
A bus driver had been walking along the street when a chunk of rock fell from the sky and killed him.
The unsuspecting victim had been at a southern college campus in Vellore on Saturday when the rock plummeted from the heavens and struck the ground - killing him and injuring three others.

The impact, which was initially reported as a bomb explosion, threw the man high in the air and caused damage to several nearby vehicles and buildings.

A fragment of the offending space rock was later found in a 2ft-deep crater nearby.


"A mishap occurred yesterday when a meteorite fell in the campus of a private engineering college in Vellore district's K Pantharappalli village," said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. "I have ordered the Vellore district administration and hospital officials to provide them best treatment."

The fatality is believed to be the first time anyone has ever been killed by a falling meteorite.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (43)

Tags: India, Meteorite

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #34 Posted by Dr.Brian on 15 February, 2016, 0:57
Hey, NASA, go $*#&@ yourself! India fires back with information that the objects were in fact meteorite fragments. Let's hear what NASA has to say now...
Comment icon #35 Posted by Hawkin on 15 February, 2016, 3:08
Has NASA actually done any studies on the site to make a determination on what happened?
Comment icon #36 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 15 February, 2016, 3:22
Or perhaps India doesn't want to let go of it's celebrity status.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Euphorbia on 15 February, 2016, 4:42
Hey, NASA, go $*#&@ yourself! Angry much? India fires back with information that the objects were in fact meteorite fragments. Let's hear what NASA has to say now... Yes, lets hear what NASA has to say now. I'm not saying India is lying but their evidence needs to be reviewed by NASA and/or other countries scientists. They need to view the site, the rocks, and all the available evidence collected, and if they confirm it as real, then I'll believe it. Until then, we have a possible meteorite...
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hammerclaw on 15 February, 2016, 5:33
They made an extraordinary claim. The fragments are the extraordinary evidence IF it was indeed a meteorite. Of course, if it wasn't, the story and those fragments and the site where it happened lose any instrinsic value. NASA has nothing to gain or lose. The onus is on the people who claim the event happened to produce the evidence.
Comment icon #39 Posted by ChaosRose on 15 February, 2016, 7:05
It was just a matter of time, and it will happen many more times in the future. The Solar System has entered an Interstellar Dust Cloud in the magnetic plane of the Milky Way, which has been firing comets and meteors at us constantly since 2002. Sporadic fireballs and meteors are now a many-a-day occurrence, whereas thirty years ago they were considered to be extremely rare. The government seems to be doing all they can to keep this from the public while also making extensive preparations for disasters. Just when you thought there was enough to worry about.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 15 February, 2016, 15:29
Hey, NASA, go $*#&@ yourself! BTW, what's your problem with NASA? Did they debunk too many UFO's for your liking?
Comment icon #41 Posted by toast on 15 February, 2016, 17:27
Facts: - Its reported that the event took place on Saturday, FEB06 - On FEB07, Sunday, PM Jayalalithaa Jayaram stated that a man has been hit and killed by a meteorite - On FEB08, Monday, The Guardian wrote: Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, said a bus driver at a college in her state was killed by the meteorite on Saturday and 100,000 rupees (1,019) was awarded in compensation to his family. Link - In the same article it is reported: "A dark blue stone resembling a diamond was found at the scene." - This week, Vipparthi Adimurthy, Dhawan Professor and Dean of Research a... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by TripGun on 19 February, 2016, 18:37
Probably didn't know what hit him.
Comment icon #43 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 19 February, 2016, 20:24
Probably didn't know what hit him. Probably not even a meteorite.


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