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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 05:17 PM

9 Spectacular Videos Of The Russian Meteorite Blast


9 Spectacular Videos Of The Russian Meteorite Blast

A massive meteor that exploded over central Russia on Friday and left nearly 1,000 people injured was recorded by scores of amateur videographers.

The clips — recorded from the dashboards of vehicles, backyards and inside buildings — show an otherworldly beam of light streaking across the sky, with some even capturing the unnerving sound of the blast.

TPM compiled some of the most striking videos out there...

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The NINE VIDEOS here: http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/russia-meteorite-video-footage.php?ref=fpb



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Reply 9 Spectacular Videos Of The Russian Meteorite Blast (Original post)
Tx4obama Feb 2013 OP
chowder66 Feb 2013 #1
gateley Feb 2013 #2
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #3
gateley Feb 2013 #4
gateley Feb 2013 #5

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:31 PM

1. WOW. That was LOUD as hell! The last one with the windows breaking

and the other blasts that trailed is nuts!!


I would think eardrums would have been damaged if one was too close.


Yowza!!!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:11 PM

2. WOW! "Spectacular" is an understatement! Great find!

I found it interesting that so many people had dashboard cams, and that one guy had a cam on himself, too.

What I found kind of creepy is that nobody was going WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!?!?!?! or reacting in any audible way, and the traffic just kept rolling.

I also wonder if by that time they'd been alerted, or if it took them by surprise -- which is even odder that there seemed to be a lack of OMG reactions.

Thanks for posting this!!

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Response to gateley (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:47 PM

3. The reason why so many people have dash cams is ...


Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam

How is it possible that a dozen different motorists around the Russian city of Chelyabinsk were able to capture video of a massive meteor flying through the sky? Because almost everyone in Russia has a dash-mounted video camera in their car.

The sheer size of the country, combined with lax — and often corrupt — law enforcement, and a legal system that rarely favors first-hand accounts of traffic collisions has made dash cams all but a requirement for motorists.

“You can get into your car without your pants on, but never get into a car without a dash cam,” Aleksei Dozorov, a motorists’ rights activist in Russia told Radio Free Europe last year.

Do a search for “Russia dash cam crash” in YouTube — or even better, Yandex.ru, the county’s equivalent of Google — and you’ll find thousands of videos showing massive crashes, close calls and attempts at insurance fraud by both other drivers and pedestrians. And Russian drivers are accident prone. With 35,972 road deaths in 2007 (the latest stats available from the World Health Organization), Russia averages 25.2 traffic fatalities per 100,000 people. The U.S., by comparison, had 13.9 road deaths per 100,000 people in the same year, despite having six times more cars.

A combination of inexpensive cameras, flash memory and regulations passed by the Interior Ministry in 2009 that removed any legal hurdles for in-dash cameras has made it easy and cheap for drivers to install the equipment.

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http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/02/russian-dash-cams/


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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:50 PM

4. How interesting!! Thanks!

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:15 PM

5. PS -- That still doesn't explain the lack of OMG's!!!!! Could you have kept driving and kept mum?

Not me!

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