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Woman in France is struck by meteorite in freak incident

By T.K. Randall
July 17, 2023 · Comment icon 16 comments

Being hit by a meteorite is an extremely rare occurrence. Image Credit: Willgard / Pixabay
The woman had been enjoying a coffee on a terrace when she was suddenly hit on the chest by a small space rock.
Meteorites land on the Earth's surface all the time, but the vast majority of these are very small and the chances of anyone actually being hit by one are so infinitesimally tiny that they are practically nil.

Nonetheless, such incidents can and do happen - as evidenced recently by the case of a woman who was hit by a meteorite while sitting outside on a terrace drinking coffee with a friend.

According to a local newspaper, the object struck her square on the ribs.
"I heard a big 'Poom' coming from the roof next to us," she told Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace. "In the second that followed, I felt a shock on the ribs. I thought it was an animal, a bat!"

"We thought it was a piece of cement, the one we apply to the ridge tiles. But it didn't have the color."

Fortunately, despite being hit by the space rock, the woman didn't sustain any injuries.

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Amorlind 1 year ago
In fact, NO, sadly this is not. The aspect and the consistance of the rock (bubbles and holes) don't seem compatible with a meteorite. What we are looking at reminds strongly of slag. The question is : how did this one arrived here ? An educated guess could be rogues testing houses to check if they are occupied.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Tom1200 1 year ago
100% of French people hit by meteorites weren't barely hurt. But scientists will tell you a single meteorite killed every single dinosaur on the planet? Either French women are really butch, or dinosaurs are really flimsy, or scientists don't know nuffin'.
Comment icon #9 Posted by qxcontinuum 1 year ago
There is no way she survived this impact! The velocity of a meteorite is twice faster than a bullet. At that size, it would be a few times more than the equivalent of a 12 gauge slug shot to someone's chest. This is not real news or the " meteorite " was rather a piece falling from the building.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Amorlind 1 year ago
@Tom1200, size matters 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 1 year ago
Not true. Not entirely true. Whilst meteorites may hit the atmosphere at incredible speed (considerably faster than twice that of a bullet) smaller rocks decelerate rapidly due to friction with the atmosphere and actually hit the ground at no more than terminal velocity. Why do you think that space shuttles returning from orbit at over 17,000 mph slowed down sufficiently to land on a runway? Same principle. In fact if this had been meteorite (it isn't, see the post I am about to make below) then this woman would not be the first to survive being hit by one. Ann Hodges was hit by a meteorite in... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 1 year ago
'Meteorite' that struck French woman was just a regular Earth rock, experts say 'The pictures CLEARLY show this is NOT a meteorite!'  
Comment icon #13 Posted by NCC1701 12 months ago
What kind if meteorite is this? I don't seen a fusion crust, regmaglyphs or chondrules.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 months ago
Read the post above yours for the answer.
Comment icon #15 Posted by MissJatti 12 months ago
Very lucky to be alive
Comment icon #16 Posted by SHaYap 12 months ago
I was hoping it would turn her into a superhero with super powers...  How do you say "Meteor Woman" in French ...  ~  

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