Two Perseid meteors (L and R) are seen over Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado in the early morning hours of August 13, 2018.
This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life,” he said Monday, speaking at the Planetary Defense Conference in Washington D.C.
Many people were hit by flying glass when windows shattered from the sonic boom that followed the meteor’s explosion.
“When it finally exploded 18 miles above the surface…it had…30 times the energy of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima,” he said, adding it “damaged buildings in six cities.”
More than 4,000 buildings, mostly apartment blocks, were damaged and 200,000 square meters (77,220 square miles) of glass were broken, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported then, citing the Chelyabinsk regional emergencies ministry.
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