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Flying Debris


Nov 12th

A GIGANTIC piece of space debris has crashed to Earth after falling from the sky over Burma.

The massive object is the size of a large car and appears to be the wreckage of a rocket or missile

The huge piece of space debris was 4.5m long and 1.2m wide

It was found in Kachin state, where it plunged into a jade mine and then bounced 50 metres into a mud pit.

A Chinese satellite is believed to have blasted into space aboard a rocket on the same day, although it is not yet known whether this launch is connected to the wreckage.

Residents of a nearby village heard a huge crash when the 4.5m long and 1.2m wide object smashed into the ground.

A piece of metal emblazoned with Chinese writing also sliced through a nearby house, but its residents miraculously escaped injury.

Feb 8th

Indian authorities say a falling object that killed a bus driver and injured three others was a meteorite.

If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history.

Experts said other explanations were possible for the incident Saturday in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The impact of the object left a large crater in the ground and shattered window panes in a nearby building, killing the driver who was walking past.

Images in local media showed a blueish rock, which Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram described as a "meteorite" -- although scientists say this has not yet been proved.

"A meteorite fell at a private engineering college... and claimed the life of a college bus driver," said the chief minister in a statement late Sunday expressing "shock" at the news.

S. P. Rajaguru, assistant professor at the Indian Astrophysics Institute in Bangalore, said the rock could be a meteorite but further tests were needed.

If proven it would be the first meteorite death of a human in recorded history, he said.

"Most of the meteors never reach the earth surface as they completely vaporise in the atmosphere," he told AFP by phone.

Jan 29th

Storm Gertrude is sweeping across parts of the UK with winds of more than 100mph causing damage to buildings, travel disruption and power cuts.

In Edinburgh, a man was hospitalised after being struck by flying debris, and gusts of wind reaching 105mph were recorded at Lerwick, Shetland.

At least 1,800 homes are without power in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Trains, flights and ferries have been cancelled and roads and bridges shut.

There are flood warnings across the UK

You do not have to be near a tornado to beware of flying debris, gale force winds can quite easily damage roofs and make flying tiles and roofing sheets into missiles and even a small missile given enough velocity can be fatal.

In the case of tornadoes everything that is carried aloft by the swirling wind is a missile and the only answer to ensure your safety is to take shelter, timber cladding and dry walling is no protection.

  Thin walls may stop the smaller missiles, but a large piece of timber will go straight through, wind carried flying objects come in all sizes so protect yourselves as much as you can.

If you are caught in the open and you can possibly do so crouch down behind a concrete wall hide from the wind and try to ride out the storm, protect your eyes and your ears as best you can.

Remember that these storms have a central eye and when you think it’s all over there may be more to come if it is just the eye of the storm passing over.

There are more people killed and injured by flying objects carried by the wind, than for any other reason in these types of storms, so do not go outside and look at these objects flying past you put yourself in great danger, do not take the risk of trying to take a video of the storm, standing behind a window to watch or take video is one of the most dangerous things that you can do.

If you want to do a recording you must clamp the camera to a solid object, set it on record and then go to your shelter, then all you have to worry about is whether your house and your camera will still be there when you emerge, you may still get a good video and if you have marked your camera it might even be returned to you.  Some interesting video of its flight may result.

Consider putting your telephone number on the collar of your pet, animals seem to have a charmed life they are carried aloft transported some miles and miraculously deposited back to earth unharmed, because when you dash to your shelter you may not know where your cat or dog is.

Fortunately with modern communication systems these dangerous situations can be monitored easily and warnings issued by local government, civil defense, police, local radio and television.

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