Nuclear bomb or asteroid impact creates a nuke mushroom
A meteor hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force in the last month, but the US Air Force has no mention of the event.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory-confirmed a object of unknown size traveling 24.4 kilometers per second hit the earth in Greenland, only 43 km to the north of an early missile warning, Thule Air Base on 25 July 2018.
Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen, tweeted about the impact, but America’s Air Force has not reported the event.
Meteorite explodes with 2.1 kton force 43 km above missile early warning radar at Thule Air Base. https://t.co/qGvhRDXyfK
We are still here, so they correctly concluded it was not a Russian first strike. There are almost 2,000 nuclear weapons on alert, ready to launch. pic.twitter.com/q01oJfRUp4
— Hans Kristensen (@nukestrat) August 1, 2018
Mr. Kristensen argues it is about there was no public warning from the U.S. government about the incident.
“Had been introduced at a more perpendicular angle, it would hit the earth with a much larger force,” he writes in Business Insider.
Mr. Kristensen points to the example of the Chelyabinsk meteor, a 20-metre space rock that exploded in the sky over Russia without warning on February 15, 2013.
It was the size of a house, brighter than the sun and visible up to 100 km away.
About 1500 people were injured by glass windows smashing or other securities of the meteor is the impact as it crashed on earth, the biggest known human toll from a space rock.
“The Chelyabinsk event attracted widespread attention for what more needs to be done to make the tracks even bigger asteroids before they strike our planet,” said NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson. “This was a cosmic wake-up call.”
After the 2013 incident, the International Asteroid Warning Network was established to help governments to detect and respond to Near Earth Objects.
But an asteroid entering the earth’s atmosphere is not uncommon.
According to a study referenced by Mr. Kristensen, a meteor struck the earth every 13 days, a more than 20-year-period. Most split at the inception of the atmosphere and are “innocent.”
This story was previously published in the news.com.au.