Bolide Hits Urals, the meteor was relatively small to detect, some argued its blast was comparable with the power of a nuclear bomb.
Russian space agency Roscosmos earlier admitted they did not track the meteorite that fell near Chelyabinsk. According to Canadian astronomer Margaret Campbell-Brown, the blast could be even more powerful than North Korea’s recent nuclear test. Citing the data from two infrasound stations near the impact site, she estimated the object to be 15 meters in diameter with a mass of around 40 tons.
“That would make it the biggest object recorded to hit the Earth since Tunguska,” Campbell-Brown told Nature Magazine.