Nicaraguan capital of Managua residents local time on September 6 nearly midnight mysterious explosions heard, then felt the ground shaking. Many people think that a volcanic eruption or earthquake, emergency evacuation from their homes into the streets.
September 7, a soldier in the meteorite crashed near the location of exploration.
Meteorite crater punched
Integrated media recently reported that the Nicaraguan capital of Managua residents local time on September 6 nearly midnight mysterious explosions heard, then felt the ground shaking. Many people think that a volcanic eruption or earthquake, emergency evacuation from their homes into the streets.
Nicaraguan authorities say the 7th, after a preliminary investigation, they concluded that a fall on Earth asteroids flying over a meteorite, hit near the Managua International Airport, causing the impact.
Witnessed: heard a loud noise, smell the burning smell
At 23:05 on the 6th or so, Managua residents heard an explosion and felt the ground shake, at least hundreds of people immediately fled the house, sleeping on the streets until dawn.
Managua International Airport nearby residents told local media that they heard a loud noise that exploded. Then they saw sand, dust and liquid is sprayed into the air, while the smell of something burning odor.
Earthquake monitoring department then said, really measured the seismic signal. Nicaragua has more than 20 volcanoes, volcanic eruptions accompanied by local residents is no stranger to earthquakes. After the 6th night of mysterious explosions and “earthquake”, a pit near the Managua International Airport, a piece appeared in the woods. Number of government officials and researchers on the 7th went to view, noting that the conical pit 12 meters in diameter, depth 5 m, in line with the characteristics of being from meteorite impacts.
Analysis: The Department of asteroid “2014RC” a fragment
Managua has a population of 1.2 million, in the event no casualties were reported, but no flights Managua International Airport is also subject to interference. Managua, the city has clearly felt.
The researchers believe that this meteorite is the asteroid “2014RC” a piece of debris, while flying over the earth fall here.
Astronomers previously speculated that the asteroid “2014RC” about 20 meters in diameter, the equivalent of a building the size of the house, will be Greenwich time at 18:18 on the 7th flying over New Zealand. By then, the asteroid is closest to the Earth’s location, about 4 million km from Earth, the equivalent of one tenth the distance between Earth and the moon.
Progress: No clear meteorite whereabouts continue to investigate
Nicaragua earthquake researcher Strauss introduced, earthquake monitoring devices to detect two swings, “The first round is a meteorite hit the ground to form a small seismic waves, and the second round is the sound of the impact of potential road more robust.”
According to the Nicaraguan government officials say William Martinez, now still can not conclude that the meteorite has been completely burned, or buried deep into the ground by the impact.
Strauss said he speculated that the meteorite hit the tilt angle of 50 degrees to the ground. Because meteorites unclear whereabouts, they are still unable to identify the meteorite composition analysis.
Nicaraguan government spokesman Rosario Murillo said Liao, the Nicaraguan authorities will liaise with the United States Geological Department, jointly further investigation “since this incredible event.”